Does my child show signs of a behavioral disorder?

A behavioral disorder is an umbrella term describing mental disorders affecting someone’s behavior in relation with the outside world. While it is common for kids to act out from time to time, when recurring bad behavior starts to cause problems in school, at home, or in a child’s social relationships, seeking consultation for diagnosis and treatment is crucial. Some signs and symptoms of a behavioral disorder are:

Halloween Candy Allergies

By Shayna Ross, Health Coach

Halloween can be a challenge, and even heart breaking, for children with food allergies and restrictions, as well as for their families. Halloween is a time where exclusion is particularly difficult for children to understand. "All the other kids can eat their candy, why can't I?"  However, there are ways to help your child and others! You can help make this year as inclusionary  as possible for all children, even those with candy allergies! Here are some hints and resources!

10 Brain Engaging Summer Activities for Kids

As summer begins, a huge concern for parents is the learning loss that occurs across the board, affecting learning in all subjects. Students most often test poorly at the beginning of the school year by comparison to testing at the end of the school year. After several years of recurrent learning loss, by high school or college, a student is at risk for performing below their grade level. Luckily there are many activities in which kids can engage to combat summer “brain drain”! Read this list of 10 ways to keep your child’s brain active this summer!

Is My Child Depressed?

While most people know depression affects a vast number of adults in the US, children can also be affected by depression. Often, the signs of depression are confused with normal transitioning and growing up. However, depression should be addressed as soon as possible to ensure the best quality of life for the child. Here are five major signs your child may have depression.

A Medication-Free Alternative to ADHD

Many parents struggle to help their child/children who have been diagnosed with ADHD. While most children are not tested for ADHD until problems begin arising in the classroom, children as young as four can be diagnosed according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. While doctors often prescribe stimulants, such as amphetamine, to children with ADHD, prescribing these medications for young children can be worrisome due to the side effects, both short term and potentially long term.

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