Nightmares and Night Terrors in Children

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The children were finally asleep and their parents were looking forward to a little relaxation time before turning in for the night. Suddenly, they heard a shriek from their four year old daughter’s room. They rushed upstairs to find her thrashing around and screaming. When they tried to go comfort her, she pushed them away and didn’t even seem to recognize them. After a few…

Sports Physicals and a Medical Home

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The mother was making a list of tasks that her children needed to complete before the start of the school year. There were the usual tasks of summer readings to complete, buying school supplies and getting clothes for her quickly growing teens. In addition, she needed to get sports physicals for all of her teens. The schools had really emphasized that the physicals needed to…

Children Learning to Communicate When Stressed

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The boy’s face started turning beet red and his fists became clinched. He thought how unfair it was that he was not able go out with his friends and instead having to stay home. Rather than calmly discussing the situation, the boy began to scream at his parents. Children frequently struggle in being able to express themselves appropriately when they are stressed. The source of…

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