Teacher-Child Pre-K Relations Predict Peer Victimization

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

This School Mental Health Minute episode focuses on how teacher-child relationships in pre-K predict children who will be victimized by classmates.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKhbw-L_s4Q&feature=youtu.be We are featuring a journal article this week titled Teacher-child relationship, child withdrawal and aggression in the development of peer victimization. Young children can be targeted by their classmates starting in pre-kindergarten. Researchers have focused on the role of children’s peers in…

Medical Homes Matter for Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“The lion ate him!” said the two year old boy to his father. The father smiled and said, “Yes, that’s what happened in the story we read last night.” Young children often say things that are out of context which leaves most adults befuddled as to what a child is talking about. The only adults that will understand are the ones who have spent time…

New Year’s Focus on the Importance of Friends

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

As the clock finishes striking 12 and the ball has dropped in Times Square, a new year begins. Almost immediately after the grand occasion people start to sing Auld Lang Syne.   The song starts, “Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?” The song goes on to focus on the importance of friendships from long ago and draw attention to current friends.…

Children’s First Crush

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The 6th grade teacher could see it by the look on the girl’s face. There were the furtive glances at the boy in front of her and the whispers and giggles of her friends. The teacher knew that the girl was experiencing her first crush on a boy. By middle school, many tweens begin to experience their first romantic crushes and the gossip that typically…

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