Top Behavior Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Pesticides, Intelligence, and Behavior

    Pesticides, Intelligence, and Behavior

    Among the pesticides in common use in the United States today, I am most concerned about the organophosphates – originally commercialized as nerve agents for chemical warfare. A significant study published in the December 2006 Pediatrics links decreased brain development and increased ADHD to organophosphate levels in inner city minority children in New York City.

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  • Hitting and Biting

    Hitting and Biting

    My 3-year-old son constantly hits and bites (more clothing than skin, but sometimes skin) and pulls hair. He has a hard time listening. We’ve tried several disciplinary actions (time-out, holding time-out) but nothing works and sometimes he smirks! What…

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  • Disruptive Behavior

    Disruptive Behavior

    My 3-year-old is very disruptive of other children’s play. How do I help her respect other people’s personal space and boundaries? Telling her not to do something makes her very angry. Also, she seems to have a lot of…

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  • Difficult Behavior

    Difficult Behavior

    My friend has a 5-year-old who has a lot of established difficult behaviors. Limits have not been set, and he’s learned to control his parents through tantrums and defiance. They’ve about had their fill and want to enact some…

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  • Separation Anxiety

    Separation Anxiety A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Stranger anxiety, object permanence Introduction to separation anxiety: Your baby has been able to tell the difference between you and strangers from the earliest days of life. Young babies prefer their mothers and fathers (and others who are frequently involved), but will usually respond happily to others as well. Until… They begin to […]

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  • Head Banging

    Head Banging: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Head rolling, Body rocking Introduction to head banging: When children develop a habit of head banging, their parents are often concerned. They express fear that this habit might hurt their child, perhaps even causing brain damage. The unspoken fear is that their child might have autism.

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  • Depression

    Depression: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Major Depression, Mood Disorders, Dysthymic Disorder, Childhood Depression, Infant Depression. Introduction to depression: United States Surgeon General David Satcher released a report in January 2001 describing a mental health crisis in children. Mental illness severe enough to hinder kids from learning or developing appropriately is quite common — but fewer than one in […]

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  • Breath Holding

    Breath Holding: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Pallid breath-holding spells, Cyanotic breath-holding spells, Pseudo-seizures Introduction to breath holding: Breath-holding spells shine a brilliant spotlight on one of the biggest challenges of parenting. We do not like to disappoint the little children that we love so much. Moreover, we don’t want to get into yet another battle with our children — […]

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    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Attention Deficit Disorder, ADD, Hyperactivity Introduction to ADHD: Over-diagnosed? Under-diagnosed? Probably both – and certainly real. ADHD affects children’s school performance and their relationships with others. Parents who are wondering if their children have ADHD are often exhausted and frustrated. What is ADHD? ADHD is a problem with inattentiveness, over-activity, impulsivity, or some […]

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  • Tantrums

    Tantrums: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Temper tantrums, Emotional storms Introduction to tantrums: When your child kicks and screams at not getting his way, the outburst often seems to come at the least opportune times: during grocery shopping, when you’re on the phone, when you’re trying to get out the door, trying to make dinner, or at a family […]

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