The Good of Flu Shots

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Mommy! My head feels hot and my legs hurt. I don’t feel good,” said the little girl. Her mother rushed over and found that her daughter was spiking a fever even though she was fine earlier in the day. A day later, the little girl had chills, a sore throat, and a hacking cough. Her pediatrician confirmed that she had the flu. The mother wished…

Teaching Kids Mindfulness

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The girl’s mother could see that her daughter was starting to get anxious. Her daughter’s eyes were beginning to widen and her face was starting to flush. Then the questions began with her daughter seeking reassurance from her that everything would be ok. The mother looked at her daughter calmly and told her, “I think it would be a good time to start quieting your…

Be Aware of Children’s Mental Health

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The teacher softly sighed as she raised her voice one more time, “Alex, please sit down and start on your work!” Alex heard the teacher and headed back to his seat to get back to work on his assignment. However, he got distracted by some classmates and headed over to their desks to see what was going on. Alex is just one of the students…

Preventing Suicide in Teens

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

His son had become increasingly despondent over the past few weeks. Any time the father tried to talk with him, his son would pull away. In the few times he got his son to talk, his son would make comments about how he was worthless and nothing really mattered anymore. The father knew his son was depressed but was not sure what to do. He…

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