Talking to Teens About Substance Use

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Go ahead, it just relaxes you and makes everything seem alright” said the teen as he passed the joint to another teen. The other teen looked at the joint reluctantly and then said, “I would, but my parents would totally freak out. You don’t understand how dead I would be if they ever found out.” The teen got up to go to another part of…

Bounce House Safety for Children

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Bounce house!” screamed the little girl as she sprinted out towards the inflatable that had recently appeared in her yard. Several children were hot on her heels and soon shouts of joy could be heard from the bounce house. This was quickly replaced by the sound of crying as the little girl came crawling out. “Those big boys came and landed on me and hurt…

Making New Experiences Go Smoothly

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The little boy had covered his ears and started crying as the crowd milled around him at the zoo. His parents were very concerned as they thought their son would love seeing all of the animals that he had read about and seen on TV. No matter what the parents tried, the little boy was just too overwhelmed by all the noise and commotion at…