I became intrigued by an article that I read a few weeks ago in the NY Times and I keep finding myself coming back to it as I work with parents. The topic? Medication may not be as magical in treating ADHD as we had all hoped.
Now before I go any further, let me [...]Continue Reading →
An article in the New York Times caught my eye last week. Two first graders engaged in recess roughhousing and one classmate purportedly touched the upper thigh and/or groin of the other. No witnesses. The six year-old accused of the touching was promptly suspended from school for sexual assault. “Sexual assault?!” you say?
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Last week the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunizations recommended that boys as young as 9 years of age be vaccinated against the HPV virus, the most common sexually transmitted infection. HPV is also a leading cause of cervical cancer in women and throat cancer in men. Thus, according to the CDC [...]Continue Reading →
We have known for a long time that secondhand smoke can have a serious impact on the physical health of children. Asthma, sudden infant death syndrome, respiratory tract infections, dental decay, and middle ear infections are just a few of the illnesses that children exposed to secondhand smoke develop at significant rates. In case parents [...]Continue Reading →
The New York Times recently published an article about Junior Kumon, a Japanese developed tutoring program brought to the U.S. The author sets the scene with a three year-old that is practicing writing double-digit numbers for which she gets a sticker when completed correctly. Most students attend the program a couple of times a week [...]Continue Reading →
A call for support of anti-bullying efforts and the The Safe Schools Improvement Act.
Last Sunday a 30 year old gay man was lured into a house in the Bronx where he thought he would be attending a party. Instead, he was tortured and sodomized by a group of teenagers [...]Continue Reading →
The most recent issue of the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics included a report on the use of physical violence as a form of discipline (aka “spanking”) and its relation to intimate partner violence. The study examined a large sample of close to 2,000 families participating in a nationally representative study of families across the USA. The authors [...]Continue Reading →
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