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.

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Four Effective Interventions to Support a Child with Eating Disordered Behavior—May 4, 2017

This workshop explores the development of eating disordered behavior and its role in coping with emotional distress. Participants also learn about the four approaches found through research at Duke University to support communication between parents and their children with eating disordered behavior. The role of parental guilt, a common experience for many parents of children with an eating disorder, is also discussed.

Presenters: Melissa Nishawala, MD; Michelle Miller, PsyD; and Zainab Al-Dhaher, MD
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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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Bringing Interventions to the Real World: How to Apply Off the CUFF Strategies into Your Home—May 11, 2017

There are many important cognitive behavioral therapy concepts that can help develop coping strategies for children with eating disorders, including a parent skills program called Off the CUFF (Calm, Unwavering, Firm, and Funny). In this workshop, participants learn how to recognize and deal with various stages of distress and frustration associated with problematic behaviors commonly seen with eating disorders, with a focus on employing effective and healthy coping skills and reducing these symptoms, including maladaptive coping mechanisms. This workshop also explores ways to strengthen the family unit and use healthy family modeling and skills. Participants also learn how to better understand the role of self-care and all aspects of their child’s life to help overcome the eating disorder.

Presenters: Michelle Miller, PsyD, and Zainab Al-Dhaher, MD
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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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Creating Positive Meal Experiences for You and Your Child—May 18, 2017

It’s not uncommon for children and teens to be self-conscious about weight and body image, but some youth take these concerns to the extreme and develop abnormal eating habits or unhealthy weight loss methods. Our nutritionist explores the importance of positive family meal experiences and the practical guidelines on how to conduct meals with your child, model healthy eating, and promote positive behaviors during meals and extinguish negative ones. Participants learn how to reintroduce joy and pleasure back to the meal experience with their child and family. This workshop also explores how to continue to benefit from concepts presented in previous workshops and successfully maintain these interventions.

Presenters: Zainab Al-Dhaher, MD, and Bridget Murphy, MS, RDN, CDE, CDN
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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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Tackling Tics and Tourette Disorder, Part 3: How to Advocate for Children with Tics and Tourette Disorder—May 23, 2017

The Tics, Tourette Disorder, and Trichotillomania (T3) Program is pleased to offer a no-cost evening program for families affected by tics and Tourette disorder, as well as for educators and care providers. Offered as part of a comprehensive series, the third workshop session provides information on how parents and educators can advocate for children with tics and Tourette disorder within the school system, navigate the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process, and create collaborative partnerships with school staff to ensure long-term success. Participants also learn what accommodations and interventions can be recommended both educationally and socially within the school. Youth are encouraged to participate in a support group with their peers, held simultaneously with the parent–provider workshop, designed to educate them about tics and Tourette disorder and review ways to advocate for themselves at school.

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