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.

Upcoming Child Study Center Workshops

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Loss and Grief Around the Holiday Season

The death of a loved one is one of the most painful experiences many of us endure. With the love and support of those closest to them, most children recover well and continue in their lives with the capacity for joy and growth. The holiday season, however, can be especially challenging for grieving children and families. In this workshop, led by Dr. Eric Lewandowski, parents and other caregivers learn what to expect when children lose a loved one, the process of grief in children, and strategies to support its natural progression. We also discuss the challenges of the holiday season for grieving families and present ideas to help manage such difficult periods. Finally, we review signs that children may be in need of additional support or treatment. 

Date: December 19, 2019
Time: 6:30-7:30PM
Location: 1 Park Avenue, 7th Floor
Registration: Register online

From Innocent to Goblins: Trauma and Disruptive Behaviors

Parents and caregivers often see “bad” behaviors in their children and become frustrated because they have a hard time grasping what is happening or why it might make sense. In these situations, the child may have experienced trauma or adversity in the past, but the connection between their history and their disruptive behavior is often missed. In this workshop, Dr. Akeem N. Marsh and Dr. Lara J. Cox focus on the complex relationship between trauma, disrupted attachment, and disruptive behavior in a way that helps families make sense of their child’s patterns.

Date: January 30, 2020
Time: 6:30-7:30PM
Location: 1 Park Avenue, 7th Floor
Registration: Register online

How to Help Your Child to Feel Comfortable in the Body They Have

It is often tough for teens to accept and know how to handle changing bodies. Eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorder, and gender dysphoria can complicate the matter. Dr. Melissa Nishawala, Dr. Christopher La Lima, and social worker Jeremy Wernick help parents to understand these struggles and to say the right thing to help teens to feel understood, as well as when to get help.

Date: February 27, 2020
Time: 6:30-7:30PM
Location: 1 Park Avenue, 7th Floor
Registration: Register online

Connected and Tired

The pervasive use of screen-based media contributes to widespread sleep insufficiency. Data shows that approximately 30 percent of preschool-aged children and up to 90 percent of school-aged children and adolescents do not get as much sleep as they need. The interplay between electronic devices and sleep is complex. In this workshop, Dr. Argelinda Baroni discusses what makes newer media so addictive, how screens can disrupt sleep and possible strategies to decrease detrimental effect on sleep.

Date: March 12, 2020
Time: 6:30-7:30PM
Location: 1 Park Avenue, 7th Floor
Registration: Register online

Early Childhood Attachment: You Hear it all the Time, But What Does it Really Mean?

Attachment is a term that has entered our common vocabulary. We hear about attachment-informed parenting, attachment disorders, attachment interventions—but what does attachment mean? Is it simply love, a bond, or perhaps a kind of biological glue that holds parents and children together? In this workshop, Dr. Erica Willheim explores the origins of attachment theory, the expansive impact it has had on the field of child psychology, and the critical role it plays in early childhood development and beyond. This workshop additionally highlights parenting practices that attachment theory teaches us are vital for healthy social-emotional growth in children from birth to 3 years of age.

Date: March 26, 2020
Time: 6:30-7:30PM
Location: 1 Park Avenue, 7th Floor
Registration: Register online

Identifying and Supporting Co-occurring Diagnoses in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Many individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) present with co-occurring challenges, such as anxiety, inattention, or depression. At times, it can be challenging to distinguish these symptoms from the core features of ASD and to adapt intervention approaches. Dr. Michelle Lee discusses identifying co-occurring symptoms in children with ASD as well as ways parents and clinicians can support individuals with ASD presenting with co-occurring diagnoses. 

Date: April 2, 2020
Time: 6:30-7:30PM
Location: 1 Park Avenue, 7th Floor
Registration: Register online

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder in Girls and Women: Perspectives on Diagnosis, Treatment, and Social Supports in the Community

Girls and women with autism spectrum d4xisorder (ASD) often present with unique social challenges different from those seen in males with ASD. These differences often lead to misdiagnosis or an ASD diagnosis later in life, which impacts development and access to supports. Join our diverse panel during Autism Month in an empowering discussion about ASD diagnosis, research in gender differences, personal experiences, and building community for girls and women with ASD.

Date: April 30, 2020
Time: 6:30-7:30PM
Location: 1 Park Avenue, 7th Floor
Registration: Register online

Supporting Children and Teens in Gender-Affirmative Care: The Transgender Youth Health Program

Transgender and gender-expansive 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. In celebration of Pride Month, this workshop, led by a panel of specialists from the Transgender Youth Health Program at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, helps families and providers effectively support and prepare youth navigating the spectrum of care.

Date: June 4, 2020
Time: 6:30-7:30PM
Location: 1 Park Avenue, 7th Floor
Registration: Register online

Celebrating Transgender Youth

This workshop, presented by the Transgender Youth Health Program and Dr. Samantha Busa, features transgender children, teens, and parents who discuss their experiences navigating gender affirmative spaces.

Date: June 18, 2020
Time: 6:30-7:30PM
Location: 1 Park Avenue, 7th Floor
Registration: Register online