Just as the Doctor Ordered

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Having just come home from the doctor’s office, mom gives some antibiotics to her sick son. Her son takes the first dose, makes a face, and says, “It tastes awful! I am not taking any more!” The mom promises her son that he can stop taking the medicine just as soon as he is better. After a few days of cajoling, convincing, and bribing, her…

The Gift of Jealousy for the Holidays

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The excitement becomes palatable as the children head up to their bedrooms waiting for Christmas morning to arrive. Presents can already be seen under the Christmas tree with the promise of more arriving with Santa Claus during the night. As the morning breaks, children clamor out of their beds and wake their parents in order to get started unwrapping all of their presents. For parents,…

Teens Tech Use and Impact on Sleep

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

It was late at night and the room was dark except for the glow of the computer screen. The adolescent boy was hunched over the computer playing just a little more of World of Warcraft before heading to bed. Thirty minutes later, he logged off the game and laid down in bed. Despite feeling exhausted, he could not seem to fall asleep. It took nearly…

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…