Child Study Center Workshops

The Child Study Center, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital 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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Who Turned Off the Speaking Switch? How to Help Your Child Overcome Selective Mutism—October 5, 2017

Children sometimes have difficulty speaking in certain social situations, even if they are outgoing and have the full ability to do so. For children with selective mutism, difficulties with anxiety around speech can negatively impact their relationships and academic performance. Dr. Chris La Lima clarifies the differences between ability, behavioral concerns, and anxiety around speaking, and provides guidelines to parents on how to help their children conquer fears and express their voice.

Presenter: Chris La Lima, PhD
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Talking to Your Tweens and Teens—November 2, 2017

Many parents of children ages 8 to 19 may feel shut out of their lives, and find it hard to talk to them. What you say and how you say it can make a difference in how open and honest your kids may be when issues arise. In this interactive workshop, Dr. Yamalis Diaz focuses on the developmentally typical issues that arise in the “tween” and teen years and how to communicate with your kids effectively about topics that may include peer relationships, dating, sex and sexuality, and drugs and alcohol.

Presenter: Yamalis Diaz, PhD
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The Secret to Raising a Happy Child—November 16, 2017

All parents want happy children. In a culture where discontent and unhappiness are on the rise, this goal can often feel difficult to attain. In this hands-on workshop, Dr. Dana Galler explores strategies parents can implement to help foster stronger parent–child relationships and increase the resilience, happiness, and wellbeing of their children.

Presenter: Dana Galler, PsyD
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Setting Limits in a World with Too Many Choices—November 30, 2017

No matter how many toys, treats, and gifts we give our children, material things won’t make them feel more loved. This workshop is about making good choices to encourage good values as kids grow older. When is it beneficial not to say yes to a request, and when is it wise not to go into the toy store at all? Dr. Alan Schlechter discusses how overindulging children can have negative outcomes, and provides tips on how to reward children appropriately.

Presenter: Alan Schlecter, MD
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“You Can’t Make Me Go!” Addressing School Refusal Behavior in Children and Adolescents—December 14, 2017

School refusal is a common problem in children and adolescents, and a particular concern due to its potential short- and long-term impact on academic, social, emotional, and family functioning. Furthermore, the longer a child misses school, the more likely these problems are to develop. In this workshop, Dr. Randi Pochtar discusses the most common reasons for school refusal behavior, things that parents can do to help their child or adolescent return to school, and the most effective treatments for targeting this issue.

Presenter: Randi Pochtar, PhD
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Being the Parent of a “Screenager” in a Digital World—January 11, 2018

The average child in the U.S. spends more time surfing the web and liking photos on social media than going to school. These digital distractions have changed how teenagers—or “screenagers”—acquire knowledge and interact with others face-to-face, impacting their academic achievement and how they read the emotions and behaviors of others. Dr. Richard Gallagher explores what it means to be a social human in the digital age, and offers parents tips on how they can monitor the impact of media on children and set appropriate guidelines for their use.

Presenter: Richard Gallagher, PhD
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When ADHD and Autism Interact: Research Transforms Treatment—February 8, 2018

Autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often overlap, posing a challenge for children, families, and therapists alike in regard to their recognition and intervention. In this workshop, Dr. Adriana Di Martino discusses the latest cutting-edge research focusing on identifying commonalities and differences in autism and ADHD, including innovative studies at the Child Study Center using noninvasive brain imaging. We also discuss how research is informing the design of novel treatments and tracking the child’s progress.

Presenter: Adriana Di Martino, MD
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Why You Can’t Get Your Teen Out of Bed—March 8, 2018

Teenagers are at risk of experiencing multiple sleep difficulties like the inability to fall asleep or wake up in the morning. While this condition is often considered to be insomnia, it is more accurately described as delayed sleep phase syndrome—or night owl syndrome—a sleep condition frequent in adolescents and young adults. It is caused by a misalignment of your child’s internal clock and worsened by social and environmental factors such as improper light and screen exposure. Dr. Argelinda Baroni discusses the symptoms and treatment of delayed sleep phase disorder, which involves proper sleep hygiene and light exposure, and possibly melatonin.

Presenter: Argelinda Baroni, MD
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Transforming Love: Supporting Your Transgender Child—March 22, 2018

Transgender and gender nonconforming youth are at higher risk for violence, suicide attempts, homelessness, trauma, substance use, and mental health disorders. Research shows that parental and community support are protective for these youth. This workshop, led by Dr. Samantha Busa, helps parents and educators provide a supportive environment and navigate the complex issues in transgender or gender nonconforming youths’ lives.

Presenter: Samantha Busa, PsyD
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The Link Between Autism and Other Health Issues—April 19, 2018

Many children and teens with autism spectrum disorder struggle with co-occurring challenges, like gastrointestinal issues, seizures, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, or motor issues. Managing and treating these requires not only an understanding of the conditions, but also knowledge of how kids with autism spectrum disorder may have different presentations than kids without the condition. A panel of NYU Langone experts in pediatrics, neurology, psychiatry, and gastroenterology discuss autism spectrum disorder and co-occurring conditions, and how to work with the whole child with autism spectrum disorder.

Presenter: Sarah Kuriakose, PhD
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Making Time for the Things That Matter Most: Mindfulness, Meaning, and Family Life—May 3, 2018

What are the things that matter most to you and your family? How do you create space for meaning, connection, and spiritual growth for both you and your children amid a hectic, fast-paced New York City life? The truth is that we, too, are continually trying, learning, failing, and succeeding in small ways at finding the right balance of work, family, self-care, and spiritual practice. This interactive workshop is led by Dr. Ron-Li Liaw, Dr. Tony Charuvastra, and Dr. Megan Poe.

Presenters: Ron-Li Liaw, MD, Tony Charuvastra, MD, and Megan Poe, MD
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Teaching Mindfulness to Teens and Parents—May 17, 2018

When we think of mindfulness, we might not think of teenagers. But a growing body of evidence suggests that practicing mindfulness could be beneficial to teens, helping them focus, reduce anxiety, improve social skills, and be more compassionate. Dr. Seema Desai discusses these benefits and provide parents and teens simple exercises focused on meditation, breathing, and body.

Presenter: Seema Desai, MD
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Supporting Youth Engaged in Gender-Affirmative Care—June 14, 2018

Transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) youth seeking gender-affirmative medical and mental health services must make their way through a complicated healthcare system while engaging with numerous providers and, of course, their families. This workshop provides information about how parental support and validation mitigate the challenges of navigating the spectrum of care available to TGNC youth. A panel discussion with NYU Langone specialists in transgender healthcare and adolescent medicine—including Dr. Aron C. Janssen, Dr. Samantha Busa, social worker Jeremy Wernick, and Dr. Lara Brodzinsky—helps providers and families effectively support and prepare TGNC youth for engagement in gender-affirmative services.

Presenters: Aron C. Janssen, MD, Samantha Busa, PsyD, Jeremy Wernick, LMSW, and Lara Brodzinsky, PsyD
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