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.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Adolescents—October 17, 2023
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), is an evidence-based treatment designed to help adolescents control their emotions and behaviors. This form of therapy may be recommended for teens with complex anxiety and mood disorders that cause them to experience suicidal thoughts and engage in self-injurious behaviors. Research on the effectiveness of DBT will be provided during this interactive webinar.
Supporting Gender-Diverse Autistic Youth and Adults—April 25, 2023
This presentation aims to recognize and broaden understanding of the unique experience of gender-diverse autistic young people. We will review existing research and relevant literature to broaden understanding of gender diversity in the context of autism. Parents and caregivers will come away from this presentation with greater sensitivity and confidence to support the unique challenges that this group faces.
School Struggle and Failure: When to Seek Medical and Mental Health Assessments—April 18, 2023
Dropping grades, big struggles in the classroom and with homework, and academic failure can lead to panic among students, parents, and teachers and a detrimental blame game—despite the best efforts of those involved. Treatable medical, mental health, and learning conditions are often the underlying problems. In this webinar, you will learn about common conditions associated with school struggles and ways to identify red flags that may warrant further assessment and treatment.
Presenter: Victor Pereira-Sanchez, MD, PhD
New Kid on the Block: Adjusting to a New Sibling—March 28, 2023
Introducing a new child into the mix comes with much excitement. At the same time, many families are confronted with a wide variety of challenges when welcoming a new sibling into their home. Although extremely common, these struggles can cause stress for parents and children alike. In this webinar, we discuss various strategies that caregivers can employ to support their children in navigating this transition.
Parent Power: 5 Steps to Take Charge of Your Home—March 21, 2023
Parents often struggle to manage their children’s difficult behaviors. Disobedience, back-talking, temper tantrums, fighting with siblings, and refusing to go to school are common problems that can lead to frustration, aggravation, and feelings of disempowerment among parents. These behaviors can also cause serious distress in your home and negatively impact your family’s ability to function. Fortunately, decades of research on behavior management has identified a number of core principles and techniques that have proven to be effective in addressing children’s behavioral difficulties. The current workshop synthesizes these strategies into an easy to remember acronym called Parent POWER, consisting of the following strategies:
Understanding Disordered Eating in Youth—February 28, 2023
Children are developing in a social world with confusing and harmful messages about food and appearance, putting them at high risk for eating disorders. Fortunately, early diagnosis and treatment can restore a child’s balanced relationship with food and body image and prevent future difficulties. Join clinical eating disorder specialist Dr. Katya Viswanadhan for a lively discussion about how parents can recognize and address subtle behavioral, psychological, and social changes that may hint at their child’s underlying feeding and eating problems.
Firearms are now the leading cause of death among U.S. children and teens. This webinar will discuss the factors associated with increased risks of firearm injury and death. Learn how to protect your children, how to store firearms safely, how to keep your children safe in other people’s homes, and how to talk to your children about guns.
Too Much Screens: Internet Addiction in Teens and Young Adults—February 7, 2023
Video games, social media, YouTube … Adolescents and young adults appear to be constantly online and the amount of screen time can cause family tensions. But what are the behaviors to be concerned about? Is internet overuse a real “addiction”? In this webinar we will discuss this relatively novel field, what is possible to do as a family, and when to seek medical advice.
How to Suspect and Treat Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder—January 24, 2023
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a psychiatric condition seen in approximately 1 to 3 percent of adolescents. This webinar discusses OCD, how to identify warning signs, and current therapy and medication options. Learn how to work with your mental health provider to determine the best treatment method for your child.
Learn how to protect your family from tragedy in this opioid webinar. We will discuss high-potency opioids, including fentanyl and fentanyl analogs, how they result in addiction and overdose, and why the risk of overdose has increased.
How to Be Present While Parenting—January 10, 2023
This webinar discusses ways parents can be more present and create situations where children will want to be present with them. Allowing your full self to be present with your kids when you are pulled in multiple directions can be difficult but it is worth the effort. We will use mindfulness and wellbeing strategies to achieve this goal.
The festive celebrations, travel plans, and houseguests of the holiday season can disrupt a family’s routine, causing challenging behavior from children and high stress levels for parents. This webinar discusses how to keep your holidays happy by managing tantrums, sibling arguments, and endless screen time requests.
Conflict in Relationships: A Necessary Ingredient for Emotional Intimacy—December 6, 2022
Conflict is perhaps the most important pathway for the development of emotional connection, security, and personal growth in intimate relationships. This may seem counterintuitive but clinicians, researchers, and couples who have developed enduring and fulfilling relationships deal effectively with conflict. They find this is the most reliable way to achieve a strong, loving, and resilient relationship. This webinar focuses on the key components for transforming conflict into intimacy.
Taking Care of You: A Focus on Personal Wellbeing for Parents and Caregivers—November 15, 2022
Parenthood is often regarded as one of life’s most rewarding experiences but there are challenges. Parents and caregivers, particularly those of children with special medical, developmental, or behavioral needs, often report neglecting their own wellbeing. Learn strategies to help you focus on your own mental and physical health and your family will benefit from your self-care efforts.
Children in Crisis: What to Expect in a Psychiatric Emergency Department—November 1, 2022
If your child experiences a mental health crisis and is referred for an emergency evaluation, you may feel unprepared. In this webinar, led by attending psychiatrists and psychologists from the Children's Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (C-CPEP) at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, you will develop a clear set of expectations. Learn what an emergency evaluation involves and the unique services available from C-CPEP. We’ll also provide an overview of outpatient services that can prevent situations from escalating to the crisis level.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Adolescents: What to Expect as a Family Pursuing Treatment—October 18, 2022
Dialectical behavior therapy is an evidence-based treatment designed to help adolescents with controlling their emotions and actions. This may be recommended for teens with complex anxiety or mood disorders and this webinar lets parents and caregivers know what to expect. Learn how this approach works including individual therapy for teens and group therapy with your family and others. Research on the effectiveness of dialectical behavior therapy will also be provided.
Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors: A Closer Look at Assessment and Treatment—October 11, 2022
Understanding the multiple variables involving body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRB) can be a major challenge for those with the condition and their caregivers. This webinar features an overview of BFRB and information on key aspects of assessment and treatment. We’ll take a closer look at the Comprehensive Model for Behavioral Treatment (ComB) and how this evidence-based approach can help.
Supporting Siblings of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder—September 13, 2022
Family members, especially siblings, of children with autism spectrum disorder often face unique challenges. Information, services, supports, and resources tend to focus on the autistic child or parents. This webinar offers information about the experiences of middle and elementary school age children who have siblings with autism spectrum disorder. We also discuss strategies for supporting siblings and resources available to families, with a particular focus on a sibling support group offered at the NYU Child Study Center.
Facilitating Preschoolers’ Social Skills—September 8, 2022
Not everyone is born a social butterfly. Some children struggle socially, and this could be a challenge for their social development and wellbeing. Parents can support their children and proactively teach them how to meet their social potential, especially when starting a new school year. The early years are the ideal time to start coaching your child on ways to make and keep friends. This webinar will focus on strategies to support your child’s attempts to be a good friend, encourage positive play interactions with their playmates, and broaden their social network. We will also share information about the upcoming social skills programs for preschoolers at NYU Langone Child Study Center.
Celebrating Pride: Getting to Know the Transgender Youth Health Program—June 21, 2022
June is Pride Month—an opportunity to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community internationally and commemorate the many advocates who have sacrificed to fight for LGBTQ+ rights. In this webinar, our experts discuss the history of Pride Month and the unique strengths and challenges facing LGBTQ+ youth. The Transgender Youth Health Program team will discuss services provided at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone.
Tourette Disorder, Tic Disorder, or Functional Neurological Symptoms?—May 24, 2022
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in tics in children with Tourette and tic disorders, and an increase in tic-like behaviors in youth without these diagnoses, In this webinar, members of the Tics, Tourette Disorder, and Trichotillomania Program (T3 Program) help attendees better understand the similarities and differences between Tourette's syndrome, tic disorders, and functional neurological tic-like behaviors.
Breakdowns, Meltdowns, and Overload: How to Support Children with Sensory Needs—April 21, 2022
It is estimated that 5 to 16 percent of the U.S. population experiences some degree of sensory abnormalities. Sensory abnormalities can be highly distressing and disruptive, leading to sensory overload, avoidance, seeking, and overall exhaustion, which can impact a child’s academic, social, community, and familial functioning. While sensory abnormalities are common in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), they can also be features of conditions including attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, or a standalone sensory processing disorder (SPD). Given the diversity of sensory abnormalities, it is only natural that certain individuals would find particular stimuli or environments more disruptive than others, making it difficult to create one space that caters to all sensory differences. This presentation aims to outline the basic underpinnings of sensory abnormalities, review sensory differences in the context of various disorders, and provide reliable and accessible solutions for designing sensory-friendly spaces for children, both at home and in school.
Presenters: Briana Calcagno-Davi, PhD, and Isaac J. Wert Watch Here
Playing Before Young Children Can Talk: How and Why—March 29, 2022
In 2021, Molly Wright became one of the youngest people ever to give a TED Talk, speaking passionately about the importance of connections through play in early childhood. This webinar will explore ways to interact with young children to support healthy development. Practical tips will be provided including things for parents to say and do while playing and ways that busy families can maximize the quality of their time together.
Treatment for Tourette and Tic Disorders: Behavioral Therapy, Psychopharmacology, and Deep Brain Stimulation—March 21, 2022
Join faculty from the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Neurosurgery, and NYU Langone’s Tics, Tourette Disorder, and Trichotillomania Program, which is a Tourette Association of America Center of Excellence, to learn about prevalence and presentation of tics and Tourette disorder, with a specific focus on evidence-based interventions for improving outcomes. Participants hear from NYU Langone clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, and neurosurgeons about Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT), psychopharmacology, and deep brain stimulation.
Video Gaming in 2022: Understanding and Managing Its Benefits and Risks in the COVID World—March 17, 2022
Video gaming has been for years the preferred leisure activity among many children and adolescents. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this kind of entertainment has frequently been for kids the main form of distraction and gateway to socialization. Perennial questions among parents, other caregivers, and teachers, about the benefits and risks of video gaming in children have become more compelling: “Isn’t it good for kids to game more during the pandemic?” “How much is too much?” “How do we get them ready for back to in-person school after so much virtual life”
Presenter: Victor Pereira-Sanchez, MD, PhD Watch Here
Helping Your Teen Sleep Better as the Clocks Spring Forward—March 3, 2022
Many parents and caregivers can feel overwhelmed in how best to support their teens to get enough sleep while managing the demands of school, homework, activities, and social commitments with the pull of technology and social media. Managing sleep can feel particularly daunting when the clocks “spring forward.” In this webinar, we provide an overview of adolescent sleep, discuss how to develop and support healthy sleep habits, and provide practical strategies to help parents prepare for the upcoming daylight saving time change.
Preparing the Launchpad: Helping your Twentysomethings Transition to “Adulthood”—March 1, 2022
Many parents have expressed concerns that their twentysomethings seem unfocused, unprepared, unmotivated, or all of those things, as they look ahead to their next steps in the transition to adulthood. Parents also often find themselves talking to their kids about how things were different “back in my day,” which seems to fall on deaf ears. Based on lessons learned while developing and teaching the popular undergraduate NYU course, twentysomething, this webinar will discuss some of the reasons today’s young adults may have trouble transitioning to adulthood and strategic ways parents can help “prepare the launchpad” to help them launch into adulthood more securely. The information will be helpful for parents, educators, and other professionals who want to support older adolescents and young adults in their developmental journey.
To Test or Not to Test: Parent’s Introduction to Psychological Testing for Children—February 15, 2022
All parents want to help their children maximize their strengths—cognitively, emotionally, and academically. When challenges arise for youth in school, knowing where to turn and what questions to ask can be especially daunting. You may ask yourself, “Do I need a neuropsychological evaluation? An academic evaluation? Should I speak to the school counselor, the school psychologist, or a private clinical psychologist?” In this webinar, Dr. Victoria Phillips breaks down the various types of psychological evaluations that parents may pursue, and under what circumstances those evaluations are appropriate.
Making Space to Talk About Race: Discussing Race and Racism with Children and Teens—February 8, 2022
Since the summer of 2020, conversations about race and racism have been taking on increased importance in workplaces, schools, and households across America. This increased focus on talking about race has left many parents wondering how to talk to children and teens about these complex issues. In honor of Black History Month, Bethany Watson, PhD, will host a webinar exploring age-appropriate ways to communicate with children about race and racism in order to help children understand the things they are seeing and hearing while promoting tolerance and giving children space to think critically about these issues.
Making and Keeping Friends: An Introduction to the PEERS® Social Skills Program—January 25, 2022
Friendships are a critical part of social–emotional wellbeing throughout development; however, many children struggle with skills related to making and keeping friends. The PEERS® program is a research-based social skills program that has been created for preschoolers, adolescents, and young adults. A key element of this program is the inclusion of caregivers in the intervention. This webinar, designed for self-advocates, parents, and providers, describes the elements of the PEERS® program, research related to program outcomes, and specific offerings provided by NYU Langone Health.
Lolling, Scrolling, and Parental Patrolling: Youth and Social Media—January 20, 2022
Social media is everywhere and hard to avoid. These days, teens use platforms like TikTok, Snapchat, and Instagram with increasing regularity. About half of teens turn to these outlets for daily usage. While many teens walk away from these experiences feeling connected to peers, others are left feeling distraught. In this webinar, Dr. Samantha Glickman provides a brief overview of some of the current literature on youth social media use and its impact on mental health. We also discuss tips and pointers for how parents can support teens in striking a healthy relationship with social media. Presenter: Samantha Glickman, PsyD Watch Here
Selective Mutism: What It Is and Strategies to Support—January 4, 2022
Selective mutism is a rare anxiety disorder that usually begins in childhood. Children diagnosed with selective mutism struggle to speak in some social situations, despite being able to speak appropriately in other situations. This webinar is geared towards parents and educators, and provides an overview of what selective mutism is and what to look out for. Parents and educators learn introductory strategies to support and encourage children with selective mutism to become comfortable speaking across social situations.
Flush Your Fears Away: Toilet Training Tips—December 2, 2021
For many parents and caregivers, toilet training can feel like a daunting and insurmountable task. Caregivers often struggle to identify when to begin this process with kids, as age alone does not translate into a green light. This webinar reviews signs of readiness for toilet training and tips for success along the way. Attendees learn general guidelines about this process as well as practical applications. Methods of combating common pitfalls and setbacks are shared to ensure caregivers are equipped with the toileting tools necessary to move their young ones out of pull-ups and onto potties.
Climate Anxiety in Young People and What to Do About It—November 11, 2021
This webinar, which corresponds to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, describes the mental health impacts of climate change, including the results of a recent global survey of climate anxiety in young people. It presents ideas for talking with youth about the climate crisis and shares ideas for helping youth and their families to cope with and to respond to the crisis.
How to Facilitate Your Preschoolers’ Social Skills: Parents’ Roles as Social Coaches—November 9, 2021
Not everyone is born a social butterfly—some children struggle socially and this could be a real barrier for their social development and wellbeing, especially when starting or transitioning into a new school. Parents can support their children and proactively coach them to meet their social potential. The early years are the ideal time to start coaching your child to make and keep friends. This webinar focuses on strategies to support your child’s attempts to be a good friend, encourage positive play interactions with their playmates, and broaden their social network.
Teen Depression in the Time of COVID-19—November 4, 2021
Depression affects at least 1 in 5 teens, and COVID-19 has exacerbated symptoms of depression in many youth. In this webinar, we provide an overview of what depression looks like in teens and discuss signs and symptoms to be on the lookout for. We also discuss treatment for depression and how parents can support teens going through it in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Relational Mindfulness: The Whats and Hows of Improving Your Connection with Your Child—November 2, 2021
Balancing limit setting with your children and building a meaningful relationship can be overwhelming for many parents. Now more than ever, social media, responsibilities at school and at work, and day-to-day stress distract from parents’ ability to be aware of and open to opportunities to build connections their children. This webinar helps you develop the skills to identify barriers to improving your connection with your child and recognize opportunities for more open communication in the present moment. Our expert provides practical strategies for applying relational mindfulness to improve your communication and understanding of your child.
Parenting a Super Sensor? Become a Super Parent: Parenting Children and Pre-adolescents with High Emotional Sensitivity—October 26, 2021
Parenting pre-adolescent children who have high emotional sensitivity can be especially challenging given corresponding difficulties with behavioral control. Often, the caregiver plays a key role in facilitating use of adaptive coping mechanisms and positive change. In this webinar, we discuss parenting strategies aimed to create a validating and change ready environment at home, as well as to instill a healthy sense of self, safety, and belonging in their children.
My Child Was Admitted to the Hospital: What Now? Part 2—October 19, 2021
For many children and adolescents, an inpatient psychiatric hospitalization may be a necessary aspect of treatment and care. But for many families, this is an unfamiliar and scary time filled with a new environment, challenges, and discussions about treatment that may be tough to navigate. Learn about the inpatient hospitalization process, including demystifying the stigma of psychiatric treatment in an inpatient hospital setting. Our expert uses his own experience to help parents and families understand the expectations and their own role in a crucial period. We cover treatment modalities, including therapy and medications, and an exploration of different treatment options that can be available after discharge as well.
National Coming Out Day is a day to celebrate when lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals share their gender identity, sexual orientation, or both. In this webinar, the Child Study Center’s Gender and Sexuality Service celebrates the bravery of LGBT youth regardless of where they are in their coming out process. We also help parents understand the importance of supporting and celebrating diverse identities.
Catching Up After COVID-19: Social Skills and Friendships—September 30, 2021
Social skills for joining groups, making friends, and interacting with others are all about learning through practice. For little kids in the COVID-19 pandemic, this has been more difficult than ever before. In this webinar, we discuss typical developmental milestones for social emotional growth and specific strategies that caregivers can use to facilitate positive social skills in young children going forward.
Deactivating your Buttons: Learning to Be Less Emotionally Reactive—September 28, 2021
Sometimes the ones that we love most—our kids, partners, and other family members, “push our buttons.” When that happens, we generally react automatically and often unproductively, leading to negative patterns in our relationships. Rather than focus on getting others to stop pressing these buttons, this webinar guides you towards taking charge of your own buttons. We discuss how to identify the vulnerable emotions connected to our buttons, how to respond to those emotions in an accepting and compassionate way, and learn strategies for becoming calm enough to access the resources needed to respond effectively.
Avoid the Parent Trap: Effective Strategies for Coping with Trauma Reminders While Parenting—September 23, 2021
While being a parent comes with moments of joy and triumph, parenting can also be quite stressful. Coping from one day to the next is a big part of the job. However, for many that have unhealed trauma wounds, the resources needed to manage parenting stress can become taxed. In this webinar, our experts focus on identifying the complex ways in which past traumatic experiences impact current parenting practices and how best to manage trauma reactions as they arise.
Back to School Ready: How to Support Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder—September 2, 2021
The transition back to school is often a difficult time for students with autism spectrum disorder, and this year presents unique challenges. Students may need additional supports around changes in their learning environment, ongoing safety precautions, and social interactions. This webinar focuses on strategies that parents and educators can implement to support individuals with autism spectrum disorder in returning to school and extracurricular activities. We identify considerations for students with autism spectrum disorder during this transition period, practical tips to support adjustment, and ways to collaborate during these uncertain times.
Virtual Clinical Training for Mental Health Providers: Introduction to Organizational Skills Training for Students with Tourette Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder—June 10, 2021
Join faculty from the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and NYU Langone’s Tics, Tourette Disorder, and Trichotillomania Program, which is a Tourette Association of America Center of Excellence, to learn the foundations of organizational skills training. This includes addressing organizational, time management, and planning difficulties in youth. We review strategies for enhancing student motivation and executive functioning, including tracking home and school projects and assignments, managing time and materials, and engaging in planning for home projects and school tests, papers, and presentations. Participants receive free access to an online video library illustrating organizational skills taught in the webinar. Licensed psychologists earn two continuing education credits at no cost
Pride 2021: Celebrating the Strength and Diversity of LGBTQ+ Youth—June 8, 2021
June is Pride Month—an opportunity for communities internationally to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and commemorate the many advocates that have sacrificed to fight for LGBTQ+ rights. In this webinar, our experts discuss the history of Pride Month and the unique strengths and challenges facing LGBTQ+ youth. This webinar also includes recommendations about how communities can advocate for and celebrate LGBTQ+ youth during Pride Month 2021.
Helping School-Age Youth with Tourette Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Develop Organizational, Time Management, and Planning Skills—April 22, 2021
In this program, participants learn about the relationship between Tourette disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and gain understanding of the commonly associated challenges in learning, academic planning, and organization. Facilitators present parents and educators with strategies to guide students in improving assignment tracking; managing associated materials, including internet-based and online virtual learning materials; effectively managing time and scheduling; and engaging in systematic assignment planning. Practical strategies for students to manage stress, anxiety, and mood related to Tourette disorder and associated organizational skills difficulties are also reviewed. Additionally, participants get free access to a library of short videos illustrating organizational skills taught in the webinar, including time management, scheduling, planning, stress management, and relaxation skills. Educators and parents learn to recognize behaviors that may warrant further assessment or care, and learn about relevant and appropriate Tourette disorder and ADHD referrals and services.
Earth Day: Climate Change and Supporting the Mental Health of Young People—April 22, 2020
Emerging scientific evidence has begun to corroborate what many of us know already. In addition to the threat climate change poses to our environment, it is having serious impact on the mental health of young people and people of all ages, causing feelings of anxiety, sadness, anger, and despair. This webinar, in honor of Earth Day, will review the mental health impacts of climate change on young people, present ideas for talking with youth about the climate crisis, and share ideas for helping young people to cope and to respond to the crisis with meaningful activities.
Talking with Your Child About Their Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis—April 13, 2021
When your child is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, parents are challenged with figuring out the best way to share this information with your child. Which words are true and capture your child's unique characteristics but sensitive enough to not hurt their self-image? Is there a certain age in which your child is more ready to hear these words? Will it enhance their developmental pathway and their wellbeing? We provide parents with general guidelines and up-to-date information about autism spectrum disorder diagnosis disclosure throughout the lifespan.
Supporting Young Children with Emotion Regulation—April 2, 2021
During COVID-19, we have all had to cope with a range of big emotions. For young children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, these big emotions, like fear, sadness, or anger, can be particularly challenging to identify and self-regulate, which can increase the likelihood of emotional outbursts. This presentation provides families with emotion regulation strategies to support their child in the home. We will focus on identifying big emotions, practical tips for building coping skills, and considerations for these unprecedented times.
Navigating Health Insurance–Covered Services and Resources in New York City—March 11, 2021
Finding affordable and evidence-based clinical, rehabilitation, and developmental resources for children with medical, neurological, and neurodevelopmental disorders is extremely challenging in New York City, particularly because so many providers and organizations do not participate with insurance. Gianna Locascio, PsyD, ABPP discusses resources available to parents of children of all ages and offers suggestions, tips, and guidance for accessing insurance-based and low-cost evaluations and interventions. Participants have the opportunity to consult about navigating some of the many complex and separate New York City systems, including the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Office of Mental Health, and Department of Education.
How to Make Better Choices: Tips for Training the Logic of Uncertainty—March 2, 2021
Making good decisions daily has never been more important for keeping our families healthy and safe. Children and adolescents can find this particularly challenging when they are bombarded with conflicting information. Our expert offers parents tips for teaching and supporting the exercise of making better choices.
Discover the Science Behind Passion—February 25, 2021
Most kids want to discover their passions. When we find our children listless or bored, it can feel like a recrimination. Learn the difference between the passions that increase our wellbeing and the ones that take over our entire life. It can feel like uncovering a passion is just about luck, but during this webinar we describe steps you and your children can take to uncover the things in life that leave them, and you, feeling truly fulfilled.
Tough Times Call for Tough Discussions: Tips for Talking With Your Teenagers—February 17, 2021
Having meaningful discussions with teenagers allows parents to help them process and problem-solve challenging situations, as well as stay tuned in to their emotional well-being. During this webinar, our expert discusses considerations and tips for talking with teenagers about a range of important topics.
Improving Executive Functioning Skills in College Students with Tourette Disorder and ADHD—February 11, 2021
College can be an incredibly rewarding time of personal and academic growth. In this program, participants are invited to learn about Tourette disorder and the commonly associated challenges in academic planning and organization. Participants learn strategies to keep track of assignments, manage associated materials (including internet-based and online materials due to virtual learning), effectively manage time and scheduling, and engage in systematic planning for assignments. Participants also learn practical strategies for managing stress, anxiety, and mood related to Tourette disorder and associated organizational skills difficulties.
One week following the webinar, participants are invited to engage in a 60-minute group offering support among attendees, trouble shooting, and reinforcement of strategies learned. Additionally, participants get free access to a library of short videos (4 to 5 minutes) illustrating organizational skills taught in the webinar, including time management, scheduling, and planning, as well as stress management and relaxation skills.
Screen Time in Early Childhood: Not So Black and White—February 2, 2021
With screens virtually everywhere, monitoring your young child’s screen time usage can be challenging. Historically, the American Academy of Pediatrics has discouraged media usage, with the exception of video chatting, for children younger than 18 to 24 months. For preschoolers, they have advised that high-quality digital media be limited to one hour a day in the presence of family. With family and friends far away and school often remote, how do these guidelines hold up? We discuss the nuances of these recommendations and how they can be adapted and modified to meet the evolving needs of families during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and beyond.
Supporting Siblings of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder—January 15, 2021
Having a child with autism spectrum disorder can present unique challenges for family members, especially siblings. Information, services, supports, and resources are often focused on the child with autism spectrum disorder or the parents. This webinar offers information about the experiences of siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder. We also discuss strategies for supporting siblings and resources available during the COVID-19 pandemic.
How to Talk to Your Child About Gender and Sexuality—January 13, 2021
Gender and sexuality are far from “one size fits all.” While exploring gender identity and sexual orientation is a normal part of children’s development, there is no user’s manual for talking to your child about these issues. In this workshop, Dr. Samantha Busa discusses development of gender and sexuality in childhood and adolescence and offers ways to talk to your children about this critical area of their development.
Working Parents in Stressful Times: How to Make It All Work—January 5, 2021
Are you a working parent? Is your career crucial for you? Are your children important to you? Then this talk is for you. All parents sometimes get caught in the battle with stress, especially in times like this. That battle usually adds more layers to our very real daily struggle trying to achieve our career and parenting goals. This talk introduces useful ideas, techniques, and real-time practice to help us overcome the struggle with stress. This enables parents to be more focused on their work and life values and goals.
My Child Was Admitted to the Hospital: What Now?—January 5, 2021
For many children and adolescents, an inpatient psychiatric hospitalization may be a necessary aspect of treatment and care. But for many families, this is an unfamiliar and scary time filled with a new environment, challenges, and discussions about treatment that may be tough to navigate. Learn about the inpatient hospitalization process, including demystifying the stigma of psychiatric treatment in an inpatient hospital setting. Our expert uses his own experience to help parents and families understand the expectations and their own role in a crucial period.