Protecting Children from Pertusis

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

It starts off innocently enough as the four month old baby starts having a runny nose, mild cough, and low grade fever. It sounds like a typical cold and one which most parents don’t worry about. Unfortunately, this is not an ordinary cold as the disease goes into the second week and the cough becomes more persistent and violent. In addition, the cough begins to…

Sleep Patterns in Kids with Autism

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

This episode focuses on the sleep patterns of children with and without autism spectrum disorder. We are featuring a journal article this week titled Sleep patterns in children with and without autism spectrum disorder. The authors were interested in how sleep patterns change as children get older and whether there are distinctive sleep patterns for children with autism compared to typically developing children. They asked…

Power of Routines for Children

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Most adults have general routines that they follow which give their day a bit of structure and predictability. For example, a morning routine can consist of turning off the alarm clock, going to the bathroom, taking a shower, getting dressed, and then eating breakfast. The wonderful part of a well-practiced routine is that you don’t have to devote much mental energy to get it completed.…

Positive Spin on Peer Pressure

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Come on! You know you want to come”, said a boy to his friend. “I don’t know. I haven’t really done something like this before,” said his friend. “You might as well try it as we are already here,” replied the boy. When thinking about peer pressure, the above conversation would seem to be a prime example of how kids and teens can make bad…

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