Child Study Center Workshops

The Child Study Center, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital of New York at NYU Langone, hosts weekly workshops on various topics related to raising healthy kids, managing behavior, and emotional health. The workshops are led by our expert clinicians who provide insights, tips, and advice on working with children and adolescents.

For information on upcoming workshops, please email services@aboutourkids.org.

How to Help Your Child Sleep So You Can Too—February 23, 2017

Sleep is critical for learning, emotion regulation, and other aspects of daytime functioning. Unfortunately, sleep problems are common in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. In this workshop, you will learn about factors that contribute to poor sleep and what to do about them. You will learn practical tips to help your young child develop healthy sleep habits and to address problems with bedtime, night wakings, behaviors, and nighttime fears.

Presenter: Stephanie Wagner, PhD
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The Blues: Understanding the Differences Between Sadness and Depression—March 2, 2017

While adolescence can be a difficult time, most teens can balance the angst and moodiness of typical adolescence with the joy that comes from friends, extracurricular activities, and developing their own identity. Yet some teens are challenged by depression as well, a serious problem that interferes with their ability to achieve that balance. This workshop helps parents differentiate typical teen moodiness from depression and provides essential strategies to help teens manage sadness, moodiness, and irritability.

Presenter: Eric Lewandowski, PhD
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Identifying and Successfully Treating ADHD: What You Need to Know—March 9, 2017

All kids can be inattentive, fidgety, and restless at times. This workshop identifies what behaviors to expect from all kids and those that might be an indication of ADHD. We also discuss research-based treatment options to help kids with ADHD lead their best lives.

Presenter: Christina Di Bartolo, LMSW
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Stressed Out: Helping Children Manage Test Anxiety—March 16, 2017

While tests and exams can be anxiety-producing for many kids and teens, NYC teens face more opportunities than most to be stressed out. From state tests in elementary school and specialized exams in middle school, to Regents and SATs in high school, our kids are often placed in high-demand, high-stress testing situations. This workshop focuses on how to manage test anxiety and performance fears in children and teens.

Presenter: Rebecca Berry, PhD
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Identifying If Your Child Is a Struggling Learner—March 23, 2017

Refusing to go to school, withdrawing or acting out during homework, feeling sick regularly, and other behaviors can be some of the signs that your child is struggling to learn. This workshop helps parents understand these and other indicators of a struggling learner and identify when it may be time to get more information and help.

Presenters: Meghan Jorgenson, PhD, Helen Tam, PhD, and Daniela Montalto, PhD
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Teaching Safety Skills to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder—March 30, 2017

Many children with autism spectrum disorder struggle with safety awareness and demonstrate unsafe behavior in the home, school, and community settings. This workshop offers strategies for parents and caregivers to address street safety, emergencies, elopement, and stranger danger.

Presenter: Rebecca Doggett, PhD
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I Am a Real-Life Superhero: Balancing Work and Family Life—April 6, 2017

The challenges facing working parents today are greater than ever before. In addition to the demands of career and child care, working parents are expected to serve as homework coaches, extracurricular activity managers, and play date organizers, among other roles. This juggle is further complicated when a child has a mental health condition. This workshop provides concrete recommendations for working parents to more effectively manage their many responsibilities through prioritization, organization, and rejuvenation strategies. 

Presenter: Justin Misurell, PhD
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ADHD Goes to College: Getting Prepared for the Risks and Rewards—April 20, 2017

Children with ADHD and their parents have met many big challenges in reaching high school graduation. As they transition to college life, ADHD can pose new and unique challenges for young adults. This workshop provides concrete suggestions for obtaining appropriate resources in college, managing the school’s new demands and unique aspects, and determining when more assistance is needed. 

Presenter: Richard Gallagher, PhD
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Teaching Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder Initiation Skills—April 27, 2017

Research shows that initiation skills can be a predictor of positive outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorder. This workshop focuses on types of initiations (requesting, commenting, play, and social) and how parents and professionals can incorporate teaching initiations into everyday routines. 

Presenters: Sarah Kuriakose, PhD, BCBA-D, and Ered Massie, LCSW
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Honey, Where Are the Brakes? Slowing Down Your Child’s 0–100 Anger Acceleration—May 4, 2017

While children can be naturally predisposed to more or less intense emotional reactivity, the "0-to-100” descriptor used by many parents about their child’s anger may often represent a low emotional self-awareness rather than a lack of “impulse control.” This propensity can often extend to other family members, resulting in higher conflict and more frequent destructive arguments. This workshop focuses on one specific, family-based skill designed to help each family member improve his or her own emotion-management capacity, while also respecting the ability of other family members to do the same.

Presenter: Sam Fasulo, PhD
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The Mind–Body Connection in Chronic Illness—May 11, 2017

Children and adolescents with chronic medical conditions may be more likely to develop anxiety, depression, stress, and emotional issues than their peers. This workshop examines the potential linkages between several medical and mental health conditions and offers tips to help restore a child’s healthy mind-body connection.

Presenter: Becky Lois, PhD
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Cliques and Bullying: How to Raise Open-Minded Kids—May 18, 2017

Sometimes words can hurt even more than physical aggression. Bullying is a complex social phenomenon. Research has shown that kids who are bullied are more at risk for developing depression and anxiety. In this workshop, we discuss the best strategies for helping your child, whether they are a victim, a bully, or a bystander. We also cover how to help all children be open-minded and accepting in these difficult times.

Presenter: Lori Evans, PhD
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