Behavior and Development

Published on October 9, 2020
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Many studies have shown that racial discrimination is harmful to children’s health. But what exactly is that link between racism and health in young people? And how much does socioeconomic status affect those impacts?
Published on September 17, 2020
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Always remember that the way you interact with your child during early development plays a very important role in his or her ability to bond, learn and ultimately be happy in the game of life.
Published on June 25, 2020
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Don’t be afraid to talk about race, even with young kids, and lead by example, says CHLA pediatrician Ashaunta Anderson, MD.
Published on June 25, 2020
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When having discussions about race, racism and racial inequality with kids, it can be difficult for parents to find the proper words. But books can help point conversations in the right direction.
Published on September 27, 2019
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By Bhavana Arora, MD Through most of her routine physical exam, the teenage girl chatted amiably with Sunanda Vadapalli, MD, a Valencia pediatrician. Then, at the doctor’s request, the girl’s mother stepped out of the exam room. That was when the patient, with tears in her... Read More
Published on August 9, 2019
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Written by Kathryn Smith, DrPH, RN, nurse care manager in the Boone Fetter Clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in collaboration with members of the Autism Parent Advisory Board.Back to school is just around the corner and this time of year can be both exciting and... Read More
Published on September 30, 2016
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Written by Stephanie Marcy, PhD, psychologist at Children's Hospital Los Angeles School is back in session after a long summer break.  You drop your angel off, bid him a good day, tell him to behave, and exhale. The flyer comes home for back to school night, and you... Read More
Published on April 27, 2016
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Written by Stephanie N. Marcy, PhD, licensed psychologist, assistant professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles There is growing awareness in the community about the value and importance of including children with special needs, including autism... Read More
Published on April 8, 2016
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Written by Stephanie N. Marcy, PhD, licensed psycologist, assistant professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles Children’s birthday parties can be overwhelming for any child. With the combination of high expectations, sugary treats and stimulation... Read More
Published on March 31, 2016
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From The Developing Mind Newsletter, Winter 2016 Written by Larry Yin, MD, medical director of The Boone Fetter Clinic at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Most children feel a little anxious about seeing a doctor. Some fear even temporary separation from their parent.... Read More
Published on May 6, 2015
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In March, a generous donation established the Stein Tikun Olam Infant-Family Mental Health Initiative at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, raised the question: what exactly is infant-family mental health? We caught up with Marian E. Williams, PhD, clinical psychologist and... Read More
Published on December 15, 2014
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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects people of all backgrounds, shapes, sizes, cultures and heritages. Different cultural factors can change how individuals experience autism in everyday life, influencing their interactions with family, community, schools and health services.... Read More
Published on February 25, 2014
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Written by the team in the Boone Fetter Clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Did you know that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have more sleep-related problems than other children? Research shows that about half of school-age children with ASD have trouble... Read More
Published on November 5, 2013
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The holiday season is a joyful time of the year, but it also can be stressful for kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Preparing and planning early for the holidays can help you relieve some of the holiday stress. Members of the Autism Parent Advisory Board at Children’... Read More
Published on May 15, 2013
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In all marriages there are levels of disagreement and conflict. It’s natural and part of growing as a married couple and as family. But, is there a correct way to disagree and argue when kids are present? Stephanie Marcy, PhD, psychologist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles... Read More
Published on May 15, 2013
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This blog post originally published on May 15, 2013.Three women, recently, have been the icon of strength and courage since their escape from Ariel Castro’s decade long captivity in Cleveland. As the three women who were kidnapped in their youth and held for a decade in... Read More
Published on April 5, 2013
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A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, featured in the New York Times and other media outlets, showed an 11 percent rise in diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in school-age kids. As a parent or guardian, you may wonder, “How... Read More
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Last August I wrote about the alarming issue of bullying, which is a profound public health problem in our nation’s schools and on social media. Bullying of kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a major problem too. In fact, bullying a person with disabilities is against... Read More
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Halloween is an exciting holiday for kids, but it may offer certain challenges for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Members of the Autism Parent Advisory Board of the Boone Fetter Clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles partnered with Kathryn Smith, RN, DrPH,... Read More