Resources  & Information

Learn how your amazing brain responds to drugs.

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Pediatric Sleep Research 

Concerned about your child's sleep?

If you are concerned about your child sleep Stanford's Sleep Center is a fantastic resource.  They offer a range of pediatric sleep evaluations for adolescents, addressing concerns from sleeplessness to sleepiness.  Their approach takes into account beahvioral issues that may be affecting your child's sleep issues (e.g. ADHD).  

What Pot Really Does to the Teen Brain

How much should we worry?

American parents have been warning teenagers about the dangers of marijuana for about 100 years. Teenagers have been ignoring them for just as long. As I write this, a couple of kids are smoking weed in the woods just yards from my office window and about a block and a half from the local high school. 

Forget “digital natives.” Here’s how kids are really using the Internet

Different types of tech users

The different ways in which parents handle their kids’ use of technology are creating three distinct types of tech users — and setting the stage for a clash of cultures.

Gender and Matters of Identity

Research on the debate of children's gender identity.

Is it a boy or a girl? The latest research on the ongoing debate among clinicians on how best to help children and adolescents with gender dysphoria

Is the U.S. Education System Producing a Society of “Smart Fools”?

One distinguished psychologist explains why he believes this is so and how to reverse course.

Sternberg, intelligence researcher suggests his  “triarchic theory of intelligence,”  - identifying 3 types of intelligence -  (1) the analytic type reflected in IQ scores (2) practical intelligence and (3)solving; and creativity. 

Selective Mutism

What is selective mutism

Selective Mutism is an anxiety disorder characterized by not speaking outside the home to select individuals or in select settings, which continues for more than 1 month.  Selective Mutism is related to severe anxiety, shyness, and social anxiety.

The Remarkable Reach of Growth Mindsets

How to teach it to your children

The concept of fixed intelligence and its impact on school performance.  Focusing on a belief that intelligence is not fixed but can grow - has given rise to the idea of a growth mindset.  

A Surprising Secret to Raising Smart Kids

Tips on how to help your child.

Focus on telling your kids they are working hard, rather than that they are smart.  Recommendations based on 30 years of research.

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