Infancy and Adolescence

Children sometimes need psychological help, just like adults do. Treatment typically begins when parents, teachers or school counselors notice that children aren’t functioning as well as they could. Psychologists can help children cope with such problems as anxiety and depression, hyperactivity, conflicts with parents and stressful events like divorce or a parent’s death.

What You Can Do

Facing the School Dropout Dilemma. This article seeks to complement and supplement the APA resolution on school dropout prevention with data from more recent research on child development, early childhood education, and social and emotional learning that helps to define the school dropout dilemma. How Parents Can Confront Childhood Obesity by Fostering Environmental Change in their Communities. Tips and resources for parents about helping their children make better decisions about what they eat to prevent childhood obesity. Summer Camp Blues. Parents can play a big role in helping kids overcome feelings of homesickness at summer camp. Children. A collection of research studies with a real-world applications, designed to help children cope with such problems as depression, hyperactivity, conflicts with parents, and stressful events like bullying and suicide.

Teens are undergoing dramatic changes. In addition to the biological changes of puberty, they experience cognitive changes that allow them to think more abstractly. They become increasingly focused on friends. And as they seek greater independence, they often come into conflict with parents. Most get through adolescence with few problems, establishing identities and preparing for adulthood. Some, however, experience problems that lead to dropping out of school, drug use or crime.

What You Can Do

Facing the School Dropout Dilemma. This article seeks to complement and supplement the APA resolution on school dropout prevention with data from more recent research on child development, early childhood education, and social and emotional learning that helps to define the school dropout dilemma. Communication tips for parents. Parenting is hard work, but there are things you can do to maintain a good connection with your children and keep the lines of communication open. Staying connected: A guide for parents on raising an adolescent daughter.  Take a look at this informative brochure that covers topics including: puberty, peer groups, self-esteem, sexuality, mood swings, rebellion, and much more.Resilience for teens: Got bounce?. Ten tips to build resilience.Teens. A collection of research studies with a real-world applications, designed to help improve our understanding of teens with regards to bullying, suicide, smoking, rehabilitating juvenile offenders, coaching and reducing risky sexual behaviors.

Getting Help

Parenting: The teen years. The teen years pose some of the most difficult challenges for families. Teenagers, dealing with hormone changes and an ever-complex world, may feel that no one can understand their feelings, especially parents. As a result, the teen may feel angry, alone and confused while facing complicated issues about identity, peers, sexual behavior, drinking and drugs.

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