Child Developoment

Triple threat: The lasting effects of the female athlete triad

This article was written by Carin Moonin and originally appeared in the Portland Monthly 2016 Kids’ Health Annual magazine.   The 1972 passage of Title IX, a federal law that prevents discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity, dramatically increased the number of female athletes. It also brought a new focus on issues specific to them. One was the female athlete triad, three disorders that tended to coincide in … Read More

Growing up at their own pace

This article was written by Carin Moonin and originally appeared in the Portland Monthly 2016 Kids’ Health Annual magazine. All kids aren’t on the same schedule – and that’s just fine. Puberty isn’t an easy time for anyone. And if a child is small or tall for his or her age, then it can be even more difficult. But when should parents be concerned about their child’s growth spurt – or lack thereof? If your child … Read More

When is my child old enough to use an iPad or tablet?

In general, consider any child younger than 2 years old too young. Tablets may prevent infants and toddlers from engaging in the give-and-take of everyday exchanges with family as well as the “real” world of playing with physical objects that require and develop sensory and motor skills. iPads do offer some terrific “edutainment” apps to help young children learn, especially in spelling, reading and math. Tablets can also promote self-control. Before you use one for … Read More

Let’s Get Healthy! Teaching children about healthy food choices

We’ve learned that good nutrition in early life is critical to children’s health as they grow up and as adults. There are simple steps you can take to help your children eat well: Eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains; your children will follow your example. Create games to teach your children about healthy foods. Involve your children in cooking at home. Grow a garden at home, or participate in a community garden. You can … Read More

Early signs of autism are hard to detect; Latino children diagnosed less often, later

Autism Spectrum Disorders, or ASDs, are a type of developmental disability that begins in early childhood. ASDs are relatively common, affecting as many as one in 50 children. As pediatricians, we know that identifying children with ASDs early in life is important. The treatment for autism is behavioral therapy, and the sooner that children with ASD starts therapy, the better their functioning will be later in life. Early diagnosis is important, but the early signs … Read More

Think:Kids program for kids with serious challenges

In this column, I am happy to announce that we are developing a relationship with Massachusetts General Hospital’s Think:Kids program. This program, also known as the Collaborative Problem Solving model, has grown out of the work of Stuart Ablon, Ph.D., and is designed to help children, families and care providers deal more effectively with challenging behaviors. Children who frequently shut down, become defiant or explosive may respond to traditional behavioral strategies such as limit setting, … Read More

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