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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The Looking Glass: How to Maintain Harmony within a Household with Siblings—October 27, 2016

Ever think about how you can help your children get along better with each other and create more peace in the home? This workshop focuses on tips for helping your children have healthy relationships with each other and emphasizes what you can do to foster healthy interactions and reduce conflict.

Presenter: Andrew Roffman, LCSW
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Mindfulness?! Where Does It Come From and How Can My Adolescent Get It?—November 3, 2016

Many adolescents experience anxiety, stress, and difficulties with coping. Mindfulness can help navigate these challenges so that adolescents feel less overwhelmed and more in control. This workshop is designed to help parents introduce the practice of mindfulness to their children. It provides useful tools and practical strategies that can help decrease stress (for both parents and kids) and improves communication and understanding between parents and adolescents.

Presenter: Amy DiBernardo, LMSW
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Your Child Has Autism Spectrum Disorder: Now What?—November 10, 2016

When your child has just been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it may feel as though the ground has dropped out from under you. With so much going on, it can be hard to know where to start. This workshop provides you with the guidance and support to find the resources your child and family needs.

Presenter: Sarah Kern, LCSW
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The Science of Raising Happy Children—November 17, 2016

What do you know about happiness? It’s hard to teach something you can’t define well. In this workshop, we review the current thinking about what it takes to flourish and consider some ways to incorporate happiness into your children’s lives and perhaps more important, your own.

Presenter: Alan Schlechter, MD
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Building Organizational Skills and Executive Functions in Children with ADHD—December 1, 2016

Children with ADHD often struggle with organizing schoolwork, managing time, and planning projects. This workshop discusses techniques and best practices from our highly successful book, Organizational Skills Training for Children with ADHD, published by Guilford Press.

Presenter: Richard Gallagher, PhD
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Time to Dance: Dating Skills for Teens and Young Adults with Social Challenges— December 8, 2016

Social challenges can have a profound effect on navigating romantic relationships. In this workshop, we discuss important skills for teens and young adults related to dating including how to let someone know you like them, asking someone on a date, steps for going on dates, and dating safety skills.

Presenter: Kate Sullivan, PhD
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Holiday Parenting: How to Make the Good Feelings Last— December 15, 2016

While the holidays are a time for family and happy celebrations, they can also be a stressful time for parents. Changes in routines and hectic travel plans can make the holiday break challenging. In addition, despite our best efforts, kids can often develop a frustrating case of the “I wants.” This workshop focuses on parenting strategies you can use to manage these situations effectively and reduce stress over the happy holidays.

Presenter: Yamalis Diaz, PhD
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Zen Parenting: When to Relax, When to React, and What to Do—January 5, 2017

Determining how to respond to your child’s behavior can be quite challenging: Do I validate, implement a consequence, or ignore a behavior? Balancing validation of your child’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors while also setting appropriate limits is seldom a simple task. This workshop is designed to provide useful tools that can help you feel more calm, in control, and prepared to make these decisions in order to improve communication and reduce conflict.

Presenter: Randi Pochtar, PhD
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Help! My Child Won’t Listen! Gaining Cooperation from Your Toddler and Preschooler—January 12, 2017

“No, No, NO!” “It’s MINE!” “I do it!” Sound familiar? As the parent of a young child, you probably hear these phrases every day. These are typical responses that reflect a child’s growing sense of self and awareness of the world around her. Sometimes the way a young child goes about asserting her sense of independence can be a challenge to your efforts to discipline effectively. But the truth is that a young child can cooperate. In this workshop, you will learn effective guidance and discipline strategies that encourage cooperation and contribute to a positive parent–child relationship.

Presenter: Lauren Knickerbocker, PhD
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When Your Child Says “I Don’t Fit In”—January 19, 2017

Have you ever wondered how your teenager handles peer relationships? Cliques, shyness, and social aggression such as bullying, teasing, and gossip are common concerns—among teenagers and parents alike—during the adolescent years. In this workshop, learn about the spectrum of teen behaviors that are considered acceptable versus those that may be problematic. We also cover how you can better tune in to and talk with your teen about socially challenging situations, and how to tell when they may need extra help concerning social skills, anxiety, or socially aggressive behavior.

Presenter: Aleta Angelosante, PhD
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How to Talk to Your Kids about Gender and Sexuality—January 26, 2017

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 workshop, we discuss development of gender and sexuality in childhood and adolescence and offer ways to talk to your kids about this critical area of their development.

Presenter: Aron Janssen, MD
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Treatment Alternatives for ADHD: What Is the Evidence?—February 2, 2017

Is there an ADHD diet? Can biofeedback bring relief from ADHD symptoms? With so much information about ADHD, parents, teachers, and caregivers may need help sorting out the promises from the actual results. This workshop covers commonly offered alternative treatments and weighs the evidence to date for their effectiveness.

Presenter: Richard Gallagher, PhD
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Medication Demystified: The Ins and Outs When Considering Medication for Your Child—February 9, 2017

Anxiety, irritability, and aggression can remain problems even after receiving the best behavioral treatment for children with ADHD, autism, or other disorders. This workshop offers parents plain language about which medicines work well, and tips to minimize side effects and collaborate with a child’s doctor to ensure that medicines are used safely and effectively.

Presenter: Rahil Jummani, MD
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Autism Spectrum Disorder: Behavior Management Basics—February 16, 2017

Many children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) engage in disruptive behaviors that interfere with the acquisition and performance of important daily living skills. These behaviors often result in significant stress to the family. This workshop focuses on how to understand and manage disruptive behaviors in children with ASD through the application of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Presenter: Rebecca Shalev, PhD, BCBA
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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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