Child Study Center Webinars
The Child Study Center, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, hosts frequent webinars to offer insights, practical tips, and advice to parents and caregivers. Webinars cover topics such as effective parenting, managing stress, and improving emotional health. The webinars are hosted by our expert clinicians.
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Archive of Past Child Study Center Webinars
“Can I Hold Your Hand?” Navigating the Dating World When You’re a Teen with Autism—August 15, 2017
Dating can be hard enough as it is, but when you're a teenager or young adult living on the autism spectrum, it can be even harder. Social cues can be hard to read and sometimes it's difficult to get a message across, so you can only imagine how tricky it is when flirting or in a romantic relationship. Atypical, an upcoming comedy television series from Netflix, explores this through an 18-year-old boy with autism spectrum disorder, and his goal to start dating, despite his mother’s hesitation. In this webinar, Katherine Sullivan, PhD, offers information related to the social skills of dating, including how to let someone know you like them, dating safety skills, and how parents can support their teens and young adults.
Spin Me, Squeeze Me, Twist Me: Do Fidget Spinners Help Kids Focus or Distract Them?—August 1, 2017
Meant to help children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, anxiety, or other conditions relieve tension and focus better, fidget spinners have become a popular toy among children and adults. But some critics—including teachers—find it distracting or ineffective. Lori Evans, PhD, and Samantha Busa, PsyD, will discuss the controversy over fidget spinners, and provide parents and caregivers tips to determine if their children may benefit from these as tools and, if so, how to work with schools to allow them in the classroom.
Promoting Positive Body Image and Acceptance Among Teens—July 20, 2017
The recent release of the Netflix film “To the Bone,” a story about one young woman’s experience with anorexia, has ignited an intense discussion on eating disorders and the power of media portrayals. Body dissatisfaction and eating disorders affect teens of all races, ethnicities, religions, genders, sizes, and socioeconomic groups. In this webinar, Melissa Nishawala, MD, clinical director of the Eating Disorders Service at the Child Study Center, helps teens to cultivate healthy coping skills, to challenge negative media stereotypes, and to be supportive of friends in need.
I Think, Therefore I Can’t: Helping Your Child Build Resiliency and Grit—June 27, 2017
From tests to tryouts, children are faced with obstacles nearly every day. However, children may view these obstacles as insurmountable leading to an increase in negative self-talk and difficult emotional states causing our children to lose interest in learning skills and subjects. In this webinar, Paul Sullivan, MS, examines the concepts of resiliency and grit from positive psychology, and discuss ways in which parents can help transform their child’s negative thinking and enhance positive emotions to help children foster a resilient mindset.
Presenter: Paul Sullivan, MS
Medication Demystified: The Ins and Outs When Considering Medication for Your Child—June 13, 2017
Anxiety, irritability, and aggression can remain problems even after receiving the best behavioral treatment for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, or other disorders. In this webinar, Rahil Jummani, MD, offers parents plain language about which medicines work well, tips to minimize side effects, and recommendations for collaborating with their child’s doctor to ensure that medicines are used safely and effectively.
More Than a Pesky Habit: Helping Children with Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors—May 16, 2017
Navigating body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRB) and school can be quite challenging for both parents and youth. In this webinar, Rebecca Rialon Berry, PhD, helps parents understand how to best advocate for their child at school, including various ways teachers can help with a child's recovery plan and pursuing special accommodations for BFRBs.
Thirteen Ways to Prevent Suicide in the Digital Age—May 3, 2017
The recent release of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why has been a topic in schools, the media, and at the dinner table due to the themes of suicide and sexual assault. Whether or not you have watched the series, children and teens are being exposed through social media outlets. Lori Evans, PhD, and Samantha Busa, PsyD, will discuss how to talk to your children and teens about the series, present facts regarding suicide rates and the contagion effect, and make recommendations for parents, educators, and professionals.
Parental Self-Care: Taking Time to Recharge—May 2, 2017
Parenting is a time of great joy and excitement. It can also be a time of high stress to meet the demands of day-to-day life. Many parents find it difficult to make time for themselves, especially when their children are struggling. In this webinar, Samantha Busa, PsyD, discusses why parents should take care of themselves and tips to implement self-care into their hectic lives.
Presenter: Samantha Busa, PsyD
Building Organizational Skills and Executive Functions in Children with ADHD—April 4, 2017
Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often struggle with organizing schoolwork, managing time, and planning projects. In this webinar, Richard Gallagher, PhD, discusses techniques and best practices from our highly successful book, Organizational Skills Training for Children with ADHD.
What is a Neuropsychological Evaluation?—March 21, 2017
There are many different types of evaluations and assessments for children. Neuropsychological evaluations assess a child’s cognitive, behavioral, and social or emotional strengths and weaknesses. It provides recommendations aimed at helping the child be better able to navigate their home, school, and community life. This webinar will provide an introduction to parents on what a neuropsychological evaluation is and how it can be helpful for your child.
Presenter: Helen Tam, PhD
Understanding Adolescent Self-Injury—March 7, 2017
It can be difficult to understand why adolescents engage in self-injury. In this webinar, Randi Pochtar, PhD, will provide information about the what, who, when, and why of self-injury. She will also review potential signs of self-injury in adolescents, strategies for talking to adolescents about self-injury, and what types of treatment may be appropriate.
The OCD, ADHD, and Tic Disorder Triad: Why Are These Conditions Connected and What it Means for Treatment—February 21, 2017
Many individuals, including children and teens, experience a combination of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) symptoms in addition to tics. Furthermore, their family members may have one or more of the related conditions. Michelle Miller, PsyD, explores the biological underpinnings that connect these OCD, ADHD, and tics. She also discusses how they can impact behavioral and psychiatric treatment, and presents recent research in this area.
From Wallflower to Social Butterfly: Skills for the Shy Preschooler—February 7, 2017
Many young children require extra support to overcome shyness and anxiety in social situations. In this webinar, Dylann Gold, PhD, discusses techniques to help preschoolers cultivate meaningful friendships, participate actively in the classroom, and develop confidence across a variety of settings.
Presenter: Dylann Gold, PhD
There's a Monster in My Closet! Dealing with Worries and Fears of Early Childhood—January 24, 2017
As children learn about the world during their early years, they develop a variety of concerns and worries. Some of these are typical, while others may reflect an overly active, worried mind that may be prone to anxiety disorders. Problems with separation, interacting with people outside of the family, and trying new activities can often develop. In this webinar, Lauren Knickerbocker, PhD, clarifies the differences and provides guidelines to parents of children 2 to 9 years old on how to help children deal with their worries and anxieties.
Facing Your Fears—January 10, 2017
Anxiety is part of day-to-day life for many children and teens diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In this webinar, Sarah Kern, LCSW, discusses the overlap between ASD and anxiety disorders as well as practical strategies to help children and teens with ASD cope with anxiety and to begin facing their fears.
Taming Tots' Tantrums—December 13, 2016
Tantrums are relatively common among young children and may occur for a variety of reasons. As children get older, many learn more appropriate coping skills for managing their frustration, but some children may not easily learn these skills. The way parents respond to tantrums can have a significant impact on both managing tantrums in the moment and teaching more effective emotion regulation skills over time.
Yamalis Diaz, PhD, reviews strategies parents can use to tame their tot’s tantrums with both of these goals in mind.
Being Your Child’s Champion—November 15, 2016
Parents often find themselves advocating for their children—whether they’re seeking the right treatment or school placement, wanting a second opinion, or simply looking for support. Christina Di Bartolo, LMSW, offers helpful background information and concrete strategies to improve parents' skills when being their child’s champion.
Donkeys and Elephants Oh My! Discussing Politics With Your Child—November 10, 2016
Whether your emotional reaction to Tuesday nights presidential election results was joy or anger, as a parent you may find yourself in the position to explain and answer questions about politics and the presidential election results to your child. In this webinar, Lori Evans, PhD, and Paul Sullivan, MS, will offer recommendations on how to navigate conversations about politics with your child, reduce anxieties about the election results, as well as discuss and normalize what is next.
Parents’ Relationships and Breakups: Impact on Children—November 1, 2016
When parents separate or divorce, children are impacted in many ways. Some can be good and positive, while others will be difficult and trying. Children are likely to experience a range of feelings, such as sadness, anxiety, relief, or even happiness. In this webinar, Rachelle Theise, PsyD, breaks down a breakup from a child's perspective and provides tips and techniques to help them navigate the changes to continue on a course of natural psychological, emotional, and social development.
The Truth About Timeouts: Effective Punishment for Young Children—October 18, 2016
There is seemingly unending child-rearing advice available to any parent who searches blogs, social media, online communities, or even books. Much of this information is contradictory, especially on the subject of discipline. Are timeouts effective? Does this technique help children learn better behaviors? Do most parents know how to give a timeout?
Stephanie Wagner, PhD, explores the debate over timeouts through a scientific lens and will provide practical tips for parents of young children.
The Importance of Social Skills: The What and How of Making and Keeping Friends—October 4, 2016
Friendship is protective—having just one or two friends can make all the difference in a child’s development. But for some of children, making and keeping friends isn’t easy. In this webinar, Katherine Sullivan, PhD, discusses the importance of having one or two close friends, including positive effects on self-esteem, mood, independence, and confidence. She also shares her knowledge about key social skills for building quality friendships and conflict resolution.
Tourette Syndrome in the Classroom: Collaboration and Accommodations for a Successful School Year—September 20, 2016
As the new school year begins, addressing tics and Tourette syndrome in the classroom is especially important. In this webinar, Samantha Busa, PsyD, discusses how parents of children with tics and Tourette syndrome can advocate for their children’s needs, navigate the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process, and partner with school staff to ensure long-term success. Parents will also learn what accommodations and interventions are helpful educationally and socially within the school.
Presenter: Samantha Busa, PsyD
Fact and Fiction: Identifying and Successfully Treating ADHD—August 23, 2016
New and conflicting information about ADHD is reported seemingly every week and can overwhelm any family. In this webinar, Rahil Jummani, MD, helps parents learn how to distinguish fact from fiction, navigate the evaluation process, and select treatments that are based on the latest and best objective research with ASD children.
Safety Skills for Kids with ASD—August 9, 2016
Many children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) struggle with safety awareness and can demonstrate unsafe behavior in the home, school, and community settings. Rebecca Doggett, PhD, provides strategies to address wandering, community safety, and emergency planning for families with ASD children.
Prenatal and Parenting Blues: What to Do if the Sadness Won’t Go Away—July 26, 2016
Are you pregnant or a new mom? Do you ever feel down or stressed out? In this webinar, Bonnie Kerker, PhD, explores the differences between common sadness that pregnant women and new moms may experience and feelings that may need professional attention. Dr. Kerker also talks about what you can do to prevent prenatal and postpartum depression, how to recognize the signs and symptoms, and what to do if the sadness doesn’t go away, including tips on how to access helpful resources.
Are You a Pushover Parent?—July 12, 2016
Has pleading and pushing the limits become a way of life with your school-age child? Do you give in more often than you’d like to your child’s demands? In this webinar, Timothy Verduin, PhD, discusses how to set and enforce reasonable limits, and recognize the difference between flexibility and negotiating a reasonable compromise with your child.
Finding the Right Therapist—June 21, 2016
Over 43 million people in the U.S. have a mental disorder. Realizing that you or a loved one needs therapy is only the first step to receiving treatment. Whether it’s for your or a family member, finding the right therapist can be challenging. In this webinar, Michelle Miller, PsyD, discusses how to navigate the mental health care system and better determine how to find a therapist to meet your individual needs. She also covers therapist fees and the role of insurance, mental health provider credentials, the different types of therapy, resources to find therapists, and many other key areas involved in finding a therapist.
How to Talk to Your Kids About Gender and Sexuality—June 7, 2016
As adults, we know that gender and sexuality are far from one size fits all. While exploring gender identity and sexual orientation are a normal part of kids’ development, there is no user’s manual for talking to your kids about these issues. In this webinar, Aron Janssen, MD, discusses development of gender and sexuality in childhood and adolescence and offer ways to talk to your kids about this critical area of their development.
Smart Snacking for Busy Kids—May 24, 2016
Eating throughout the day can be tough when you and your child are running around with busy schedules. Learn why incorporating snacks is essential not only to curb hunger cues and cravings, but to keep your child fueled to perform his or her best and avoid the mental fog that could be slowing him or her down.
Presenter: Bridget Murphy, MS, RDN, CDN
All in the Family: ADHD in Children and Parents—April 26, 2016
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) runs in families, which often means that at least one parent has ADHD symptoms. In this webinar, Mary Solanto, PhD, discusses how to find out if you have it, how ADHD affects parenting, and what treatments are available for adults and children.
Presenter: Mary Solanto, PhD
Latest Developments in Autism Research—April 12, 2016
In this webinar, Adriana Di Martino, MD, the Leon Levy Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Research Director of the Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical and Research Program at NYU Langone, discusses the cutting edge of research for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. She also shares innovative brain imaging research initiatives ongoing at the Child Study Center that are revealing the functional organization of the brain in individuals with ASD.
Everyday Trauma—March 29, 2016
When your child is exposed to a potentially traumatic event at school or in the community, or when they hear about upsetting events in the media, it can be challenging know how to best support and talk with them. As a parent, you may also wonder what types of reactions are typical in the short term and over time.
In this webinar, Victoria Libby, PhD, provides you with strategies for speaking with your child, providing emotional support, and knowing when to consult with a mental health professional.
Presenter: Victoria Libby, PhD
Validation: A Powerful Parenting Tool—March 15, 2016
Validation is a powerful parenting tool that can improve your relationship with your child, reduce conflict, and help your child build confidence in peer and adult interactions.
Although simple on the surface, validation can be challenging to implement. Randi Pochtar, PhD, will discuss the importance of validation in parenting, the ways that parents unintentionally invalidate their children, and how to practically and effectively incorporate validation into your everyday parenting practices.
Enjoying Your New Baby—March 1, 2016
With every coo, newborns thrill and delight their parents. But as newborns become babies and eventually toddlers, parents may wonder how to support these transitions. In this webinar, Elizabeth Roberts, PsyD, offers tips for parents on how to tune in to their babies’ feelings, play with them at every stage, and foster a strong, healthy relationship with them.
After the Diagnosis: When and How to Talk About Your Child’s Condition—February 16, 2016
A child’s learning disability or mental health issue can be an enormous challenge for parents. It can be even more challenging to talk about it with family members, friends, teachers, and other people in your child’s life.
Amy DiBernardo, LMSW, JD, offers simple strategies on choosing the right words for a particular situation or audience, which can help achieve goals, reduce stigma, and alleviate additional stress.
Adolescent Love: The Romeo & Juliet Effect—February 2, 2016
Ah, love. L'amour. The very word stirs our imaginations and pulls at our heartstrings. This most fundamental of emotions has long been a source of creative inspiration, and a muse for literature, song, and art. The importance of love and intimacy in human life is clear, but what can the latest observations and scientific discoveries about the brain tell us about this supreme emotion?
In this webinar, Francesco Ferrari, MD examines adolescent brain development and its implications for love, romance, and identity formation in the teenage years.
Striving for Perfect: Tips to Manage Perfectionism in Students—January 19, 2016
Yamalis Diaz, PhD, highlights some important differences between a “conscientious” work ethic and perfectionism among students. Although sometimes subtle to the outside observer, this difference is an important one. Perfectionism among students is sometimes indicative of anxiety and can ultimately lead to underperformance and underachievement. Instead, we want to help children develop a positive and conscientious work ethic that will allow them to successfully achieve academic goals and beyond.
Dr. Diaz also offers tips and strategies for parents to help their children build resilience and manage perfectionistic expectations.
Mindfulness for Adolescents—January 5, 2016
Today many teens experience stress. And with good reason—they are connecting 24/7, navigating relationships, and facing more competition than previous generations. All of which can impact their well-being and happiness. In this webinar, Mary Solanto, PhD, shares how mindfulness can help adolescents to better manage their stress, gain greater control on their behavior, sharpen their ability to focus, and increase kindness and compassion.
Pandora’s iPhone: Talking with Your Child About Internet Safety—December 15, 2015
The amount of digital media children consume is growing steadily. The impact is unclear, but this increasing level of involvement leaves less time for other developmentally appropriate activities. In this webinar, Douglas Brodman, PhD, examines the potential benefits and drawbacks of internet use by children, the characteristics of problematic use, and the need for parental involvement.
Presenter: Douglas Brodman, PhD
Tourette and Other Tic Disorders: Misunderstood and More Common Than You Think—December 1, 2015
In this webinar, Michelle Miller, PsyD, reviews the symptoms of Tourette disorder and other tic disorders. Dr. Miller shares how such disorders affect daily life, how they vary across different settings, and the impact of certain environmental factors. In addition, she explores a variety of clinical, school, and home interventions for tics.
Better Living Through Social Media? Helping Children Become Good Digital Citizens—November 10, 2015
While we often hear about the dangers of social media use by young people, the opportunities it presents for them to form meaningful social connections and to contribute to shaping their identity should not be overlooked. In this webinar, Carlene MacMillan, MD, discusses the role social media plays for children at each developmental stage. Dr. MacMillan offers strategies for you to help your children navigate the increasingly complex digital landscape and to engage in regular, open conversations with them about their online lives.
Presenter: Carlene MacMillan, MD
Working with Your Child’s School: Advocating for Your Child and Partnering with Teachers—October 27, 2015
Partnerships between parents and school staff are critical to children’s long-term success. In this webinar, Yamalis Diaz, PhD, identifies strategies to develop effective classroom accommodations and behavioral plans for attention and behavioral concerns. Dr. Diaz also covers helpful behavioral interventions, including Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), Section 504, and Daily Report Cards.
Better Sleep for Children and Adolescents—October 13, 2015
Sleep plays a key role in daytime functioning. Unfortunately, many children experience sleep problems, which can result in insufficient sleep for both themselves and their parents. In this webinar, Dr. Argelinda Baroni and Stephanie Wagner, PhD, discuss how sleep problems develop and strategies you can take to help both you and your child sleep better. You can learn how to set up your child for success, how to develop healthy sleep habits, and how to track the results of these changes.
Recognizing Beauty: Helping your Child Cultivate a Healthy Body Image—September 29, 2015
Stereotypes of attractiveness are everywhere. The discrepancy between what’s seen in the media versus the mirror can feel overwhelming for tweens and teens whose bodies are transforming rapidly. During this webinar, Andrea Vazzana, PhD, examines the nature of body image, its impact on self-esteem, and its perilous role in the development and maintenance of eating disorders and other illnesses, and share cutting-edge strategies to help children better accept and appreciate their bodies.
Presenters: Andrea Vazzana, PhD
The College Student with ADHD: Getting Off to a Running Start—September 15, 2015
Students with ADHD face particular challenges when they transition to college. In high school, they were partially dependent on support from parents and teachers to remind them of tasks and assignments, structure their time, and maintain organization. When students transition to college, they are entirely responsible for these "executive" self-management functions. They also face many new distractions and temptations. During this webinar, Dr. Mary Solanto discusses these issues and tips to help your new college student be successful.
Presenter: Mary V. Solanto, PhD
Helping Anxious Children Find Their Voices—September 1, 2015
In this webinar, Lauren Knickerbocker, PhD, discusses how anxiety can make everyday tasks such as speaking, making friends, and going to school into Herculean tasks for kids. Together with parents and other supportive adults, kids can learn to confront these challenges head on, and learn to be brave and confident when anxiety pops up.
Presenter: Lauren Knickerbocker, PhD
Parent Power: 5 Steps to Improving Your Home—August 18, 2015
Parents often struggle to manage difficult behaviors in children. Defiance, temper tantrums, fighting, and school refusal, among others, are challenging to address and change. These behaviors can frustrate and aggravate parents and caregivers. In this webinar, Justin Misurell, PhD, synthesizes a number of powerful parenting strategies into five easy-to-remember steps that help improve your family environment.
Presenter: Justin Misurell, PhD
Grief, Loss, and Moving Forward—August 4, 2015
The loss of a loved one is one of the most painful experiences to endure. For children, such a loss can seem catastrophic, but most children recover and return to their lives with the same capacity for joy and growth. Yet some children may get stuck in their grief and struggle to resume their regular routines and roles. In this webinar, you can learn what to expect when children lose a loved one and when they may benefit from treatment.
Presenter: Eric Lewandowski, PhD
When Names Hurt Even More Than Sticks and Stones—July 21, 2015
Sometimes names can hurt more than sticks and stones. Research has shown that kids who are bullied are more at risk for developing depression and anxiety. In this webinar, Lori Evans, PhD, discusses the best strategies for helping your child, whether they are a victim, a bully, or a bystander; how to get the school on your team; and coping with the distressing phenomena of cyberbullying.
Presenter: Lori Evans, PhD
ADHD Recommendations: Tots to Tweens to Teens—July 7, 2015
Ever wonder what are the best ways to help a child with ADHD? The fact is optimal strategies can vary based on the child’s age. Christina Di Bartolo, LMSW, Program Coordinator for the Institute for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity and Behavior Disorders, explores recommendations for getting the best from a child with ADHD regardless of their age.
Presenter: Christina Di Bartolo, LCSW
Dos and Don’ts for Better Date Nights—June 23, 2015
Parents can all too easily lose touch with their sense of couple-ness. Having children is a life-changing, wonderful event, but it can also take its toll on parents’ adult-to-adult relationship. Remember that? Before you had kids, all the things you used to do and enjoy, and how much you liked spending time with one another? Becoming parents doesn’t have to mean losing your life as a couple. Andrew Roffman, LCSW, covers several practical dos and don'ts to help you bring the "date" back to a night out with your partner.
Presenter: Andrew Roffman, LCSW
Making Successful School Transitions for Tweens and Teens—June 9, 2015
A new school year can be an exciting and challenging time for many children and teens as they transition between schools. These transitions can be especially challenging for those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorders. Richard Gallagher, PhD, the co-creator of our Organizational Skills Training programs, discusses ways to prepare children and teens for the move from elementary school to middle school and from middle school to high school.
Presenter: Richard Gallagher, PhD
Mindful Parenting: Strategies for Anxious Parents—May 26, 2015
Balancing your child’s needs with the demands of your busy life can be overwhelming. Many parents experience anxiety, stress, and difficulties with coping. This webinar is designed to help you feel more relaxed, calm, and in control as a parent. Amy DiBernardo, LMSW, provides useful tools and practical strategies that can help you decrease parenting stress and improve communication and understanding with your child.
Presenter: Amy S. DiBernardo, LMSW
Choosing the Right Summer Program for Your Child—May 12, 2015
For most parents, sending kids to summer camp for the first time may stir up fond memories, anticipation of the fun awaiting their children, and perhaps a little separation anxiety. It’s more complicated for parents of children with special needs. Karen Fleiss, PsyD, discusses techniques to help you assess camp counselors and staff members’ abilities to meet your child’s needs, evaluate the skills and activities offered, understand how the program communicates with you, and ensure your child has fun and makes friends.
Presenter: Karen Fleiss, PsyD
Babies and Autism: What Every Parent Needs to Know—April 28, 2015
Identifying very young children at risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder is essential so that potential treatments can begin. In this webinar, Dr. Roberts discusses when and when not to be concerned for babies as young as 6 months. She also explains the newest diagnostic tools and treatment methods for very young children.
Presenter: Elizabeth Roberts, PsyD
Stressed Out? Helping Children and Parents Manage Stress—April 14, 2015
Stress can have both positive and negative effects on children and parents. In this webinar, you can learn how to identify your child’s stressors, strategies for lowering anxiety among children, techniques to help build resilience, and tips to manage your stress.
Presenter: Rebecca Berry, PhD