Child & Adolescent Related Content

Video: Navigating Autism Through Childhood Years

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a very common developmental disability, impacting one in 54 children. What is true for one child with autism may not be true for another, as the spectrum varies in its severity. While it is a lifelong condition, its social, communicative, and behavioral challenges...

Video: Validating Child & Adolescent Thoughts and Feelings

Everyone wants to be seen and heard. Validation, at its core, is a way of letting someone we care for know that we understand them, and in turn, can strengthen our connection with our loved ones. Validating the thoughts and feelings of kids and adolescents is especially important, even if you don’t...

Podcast: Building Trust in Kids & Adolescents

Jenn talks to Dr. Holly Peek about how to build trust in children and adolescents. Holly discusses how to establish and maintain trust with your child at different stages, shares what trust looks like and how it evolves throughout childhood, provides insight into privacy and boundaries to set with...

Video: Acceptance & Commitment Skill-Building for Adolescents

To some, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is associated with treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder. However, the strategies used in ACT can be beneficial for folks with depression, anxiety, substance use, and other conditions. In fact, its principles can be applied to anyone, at any age...

Podcast: Mental Wellness for Kids and Teens

Jenn talks to Dr. Lisa Coyne about the importance of mental wellness in children and adolescents. They discuss checking in on mental well-being during COVID, ways to get more involved in family activities, and how to address technology use. Lisa answers audience questions about child and teen mental...

Video: How Music Impacts Our Mental Health

To some, music may just be “background noise,” but to others, music can be a lifeline. Music often is used as an outlet for kids and teens, whether it’s being played on a device or played on an instrument. Adolescents often use it to address what they find important to them as well as an outlet for...

Video: Addressing Bullying in Kids & Teens

Bullying can take on many forms and can happen at any time—whether a child is on the playground or on their smartphone. And, sadly, it’s common: as many as 20% of kids and teens report being bullied, but less than half of the kids who say they’re bullied report it to someone of authority. What’s the...

Video: Raising Kids That Adapt to Change

Change is inevitable—and because of that, it’s important for us to teach our loved ones how to deal with change. While some changes will be bigger than others, all can be scary to a child or teenager. Kids thrive with structure and stability, and changes can cause them to lose that sense of...

Supporting Children & Teens on the Autism Spectrum

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that impacts an individual’s ability to interact and communicate with other people and the surrounding world. Like other diagnoses that can affect mental health, autism can vary widely in its scope and severity. Autism is a very common...

Video: Building Confidence in Kids & Teens

We all want to help our kids in every stage life, whether it’s cutting up food for a toddler or helping a teen navigate college applications. At certain ages, though, children and adolescents should feel confident in their abilities to do some things for themselves. That’s confidence and self...

Video: Easing Stress Around Eating With Picky Kids

Mealtime can be difficult with picky eaters. Whether it’s a toddler saying “No!” and throwing food on the floor, or a teenager whose plate is composed of entirely beige foods, picky or fussy eating can turn a family meal into the most stressful part of the day for everyone. Being a finicky eater can...

Video: Healthy Coping for Children and Adolescents

Kids and teens experience all kinds of feelings, but may not necessarily know how to deal with them or how to cope with when they come up. It’s important that we help them learn the skills to manage their emotions, thoughts, and reactions in healthy and productive ways. By doing so, we can help them...

Video: Examining Gender Differences in Mental Health

Mental health conditions impact all genders—but how they present may differ depending on gender. In addition, strong sociocultural forces—like the saying “Boys don’t cry”—can impact social and emotional development in kids. Variations in symptoms, coupled with differences in how genders are expected...

Video: Your Burning Questions About Anxiety in Kids, Answered

All children and adolescents have, and experience, anxiety—it’s natural for all of us to have some anxiety. But when kids have a lot of anxiety, or don’t know ways to manage it, it can impact their education, their relationships, and their development. It can be tough for children to explain how...

Video: How Can We Support Child and Teen Mental Health?

Kids lead busy lives—and with the pandemic, it seems as if things are changing on any given day. With the unpredictability of COVID-19, school, extracurricular activities, and more, children and adolescents may be struggling to feel like they have any control. Adults are juggling all of the same...

Video: Engaging With Closed-Off Kids & Teens

Having difficult conversations is challenging, but if they’re handled well, it can bring you closer with your children. Being a caretaker means setting the tone that your kids can come to you with anything they want to talk to you about. Talking about tough subjects helps strengthen your child’s...

Video: Building Trust in Kids & Adolescents

There is no handbook to being a successful parent. Mistakes are bound to happen, but establishing trust with your child can help you continue to have a strong bond even after mistakes are made. Trust is a crucial part of parenting—and can start as early as infancy. Being trusting isn’t just a...

Video: Introducing Mindfulness to Kids & Teens

People of all ages can benefit from mindfulness—and can be taught to children as early as two or three years old. Mindfulness, simply, is the practice of bringing gentleness and acceptance into whatever is happening in the moment. Kids these days live stressful, fast-paced lives—whether they’re...

Video: Helping Adolescents With Anxiety

Anxiety is something we all have, but too much anxiety has the potential to impact every part of a young person’s life, including their physical health, emotional well-being, and social habits. When a teen is overly anxious, they can feel isolated and misunderstood—and may have a difficult time...

The Mental Health Impact of Bullying on Kids and Teens

When people hear the word “bully,” they may think of a child being pushed around by another kid. Or they may think of someone being insulted by a peer, whether face-to-face or online. Regardless of its shape and form, these experiences can be incredibly serious and often have lifelong effects. And...