Young Children and Their Friendships

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

A little girl breathlessly runs up to her mother in the park and says, “I just made my new best friend!” The mother is very happy for her daughter and asks several follow-up questions like, “What’s your friend’s name?” and “Does she live around here?” Her daughter just says, “I don’t know” to each question but then adds, “We were both playing in the sandbox…

Teasing and Bullying in Grade School

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The mother had a sense something was wrong when her second grader came home from school and threw his backpack angrily into a corner. She gently encouraged him to tell her what was wrong. Her son said, “Billy said I was the slowest kid in class in getting my math done even though I am not. He is just a big bully. I hate Billy.”…

Changes that Occur in Teens’ Cognition

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

It seems to happen almost overnight. One day parents are sitting down helping their child learn to read and do basic math problems. The next day, the child is explaining to her parents how to do algebra and the finer points of the scientific process. Something has obviously changed but what exactly has changed regarding adolescent cognition is more of a mystery. Underlying adolescent changes in…

Students Transitioning to Summer Break

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

As soon as the weather starts to warm and the sun shines for longer portions of the day, students’ eyes start to glaze over in anticipation of the promised summer break after a long academic year. Typically students start anticipating the break well before the end of the school year as their behavior gets more and more unruly. By the time summer break finally arrives,…

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