Using Tech to Monitor Teens Mood

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Jenny is in one of her moods again,” said her mother. “I just wish she would let me know what is bothering her. Every time I try to ask her about what is going on, she just growls and storms up to her room.” The teen years can be a difficult transition from childhood to adulthood. There are a lot of changes as adolescents become…

Looking Out for Siblings of Disabled Children

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

There are sounds of objects crashing into walls and screaming. The girl hurries out of her room to get her younger brother into his bedroom. She knows she must act quickly to make sure he does not get hurt. The commotion continues for several minutes before it becomes quiet. The girl cautiously comes out of her room with her younger brother. Usually when the quiet…

Integrating Mindfulness Meditation into Classes

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

This week’s episode focuses on integrating mindfulness meditation into a social studies curriculum in middle school. We are featuring a journal article this week titled A randomized controlled pilot trial of a classroom-based mindfulness meditation compared to an active control condition in sixth-grade children. The interest in mindfulness meditation and its’ benefits for school children has been gathering momentum. The authors of this study wanted…

Time for Back to School Check-Ups

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

As the start of the school year comes, it is time for children and adolescents to get their annual check-ups. Most families make the trip to their pediatrician prior to school to get sports physicals or various vaccinations that schools require. The benefits of annual well-child check-ups go beyond meeting school’s requirements. The check-up is part of establishing a medical home for the child or…