Halloween Can Spook Young Children

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Witches, ghouls, and black cats prowl through the night looking for the next house to enter. There are people screaming and others running around the streets with bags in their hands containing their ill-gotten gains. All around are masked people and nothing looks familiar as the night begins to descend leaving only the glow of street lights. This description of Halloween can be quite frightening…

Preschoolers Need Lots of Active Play

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“It’s time for recess. Everybody get ready to go outside,” said the teacher. All of the preschoolers lined up to head out. Once outside, the preschoolers were engaged in all sorts of activities. Some children were playing a game of tag. Others were climbing on the monkey bars, swinging from one rung to the next. Other preschoolers were chasing a soccer ball. All of the…

Even Preschoolers Get the Blues

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

By Dan Florell, Ph.D. & Praveena Salins, M.D.  “Who didn’t put away the cookies?” the mother asked. Four year old Tammy started crying and said, “I did mommy. I am so sorry. It is all my fault. I will never ever do that again! I’m just so stupid!” Tammy’s mother calmed Tammy down and reassured her that she wasn’t in trouble. The excessive guilt shown…

The Benefits and Basics of Preschool

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The child’s lip trembles as she realizes that her mother is not coming with her. All of a sudden, the weeks of anticipation of starting kindergarten has become one of fear. One of the major moments in a child’s life is starting kindergarten. Kindergarten represents a major step towards a child’s independence. The experience is generally a positive one though some children struggle more than…