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A history of self-care

By Mary Kreitz | December 15, 2021

With so many stressful events happening in close succession over the past few years we have all heard reminders to make time for self-care.  Some of these come in a paternalistic tone, like a concerned parent reminding a child to brush her teeth.  Others come across more like a supportive friend who’s been there for you with a pint of ice cream after a breakup.  In modern life most of us take the concept of self-care for granted, as something we all know we should do even when … Continued

Is allowing your child to drink a small amount of alcohol on New Year’s Eve harmless or irresponsible parenting?

By Dr. Karita Nussbaum | December 1, 2021

As thoughts shift toward a fresh start in a new year, there is an energy in the air and hope in our hearts for new beginnings. Out with the old, in with the new! Let’s celebrate! Friends and families gather again to welcome in the New Year in a variety of ways. The question of whether to allow your child a sip of the bubbly might be yours to answer this season. For some, the answer is easy, others wrestle with it. Rather than take a side one … Continued

Suicide in Children

By Mary Kreitz | November 16, 2021

When we talk about suicide usually the discussion is about teens and young adults.  In fact, many people believe that younger children aren’t capable of intentionally ending their own lives because they assume that children don’t really understand what it means to be dead. Unfortunately, this type of thinking is not only incorrect, but also dangerous. The hard truth Pre-adolescent children can and do die by suicide. According to data from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, suicide is the eighth leading cause of death for … Continued

Is your adolescent behaving sexually appropriate?

By Dan Mucci | November 3, 2021

In a perfect world, parents would have started the difficult conversations regarding appropriate and inappropriate sexual behavior with their child before reaching double digits. As youth approach the middle school years, hormonal changes combined with technology can lead to not only curiosity but behavior that can lead to a youth being in trouble with the law. In part one of this two-part blog series, C&A’s Sexually Inappropriate Behavioral Remediation (SIBR) team of Dr. Emma Farkas and Dr. Seandra Walker discussed what is sexually appropriate behavior for children ages … Continued

What is sexually appropriate behavior for kids ages 5 to 9?

By Dan Mucci | October 19, 2021

A parent has many decisions to make when caring for their children. Oftentimes, decisions start with having conversations with your child. Many of those talks center around the table sharing each other’s day while eating dinner. Dinnertime conversation can lead to the start of uncomfortable topics. The most uncomfortable conversation for most parents is talking about sex. One way to address and discuss sex and healthy sexuality is to start at an early age so over time the conversations become less painful and embarrassing for both parties. Child … Continued

C&A’s Collegiate Fairs provide self-care tips to college students

By Dan Mucci | October 4, 2021

In many ways, this past year has tested the patience of even the most positive person. On a monthly basis, one obstacle after another seems to have been placed in front of every individual. All of these challenges has led each of us to a unique shared experience. Young adults and adolescents have had a major disruption to the way they are used to socializing, learning, communicating, quarantining, masking up and not being able to attend events in person. This has led to an increase in stress and … Continued

Facts About FASD

By Victoria Nash | September 9, 2021

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) is one of the most common preventable neuro-developmental disorders. FASDs are a collection of diagnoses with a range of different effects that occur in individuals who were exposed to alcohol through the umbilical cord during their mother’s pregnancy. The effects on an individual with an FASD diagnose differ from person to person and range from physical, mental, behavioral and/or learning challenges. Signs and Symptoms Like any other disorder, signs and symptoms differ from person-to-person. Though an individual may not experience all these signs … Continued

What medical paperwork is needed for your college student

By Dan Mucci | August 24, 2021

Parents and their children look forward to many milestones – the first day of kindergarten; turning 13 and becoming a teenager; passing your driver’s test and getting your license at age 16; and turning 18 – the age the law states you are an adult. “There are many important changes that occur once that legal adulthood milestone is reached,” wrote Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health’s Assistant Clinical Officer Susan Brown. “One of those changes is the ability to be involved in decision making and access to information related … Continued

A live cirque performance highlights LYLS

By Victoria Nash | August 3, 2021

Are you ready for a dazzling array of colors to fill a room against the backdrop of stilt walker, a cyr wheelist rolling across the floor, an aerialist and other roaming acrobatic performances. Just in case you haven’t heard, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health’s (C&A) Annual Let Your Light Shine (LYLS) Event is on Aug. 14, 2021, starting at 6 p.m. What a great outing to close the summer season and prepare for the new school year. Where else will you and your friends be able to relax, … Continued

Is Your Teen a Screenager?

By Dr. Karita Nussbaum | July 20, 2021

Delaney Ruston is the mother of two teenagers and a medical doctor. When her daughter was in junior high, they began shopping for a phone for her. Delaney wanted her daughter to have a phone only for the purpose of verbal communication, her daughter wanted a phone with the internet so she could connect with her friends through social media. A conflict followed as mother and daughter battled the wants of the other. This struggle led Dr. Ruston in a deeper dive into the influence and impact of … Continued