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How to talk to your kids about Ebola

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  Child psychologist Georgette Constantinou shares these tips for parents who want to ease their children’s concerns about the Ebola virus: Keep calm while discussing this topic with your children and use age appropriate language. Listen to them and gauge what they are hearing and are worried about, and acknowledge their fears. Reassure them that […]

How to deal with school refusal

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Nervousness about class assignments, learning new material and upcoming tests is normal. But for some children, school can be the source of stress, which can lead to such intense anxiety that some children insist on not going.

The gray area of disciplining children

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As child abuse allegations continue to make front-page news, WAKR’S Ray Horner recently spoke with pediatric psychologist Geoffrey Putt, director of outpatient therapy centers at Akron Children’s Hospital, about discipline techniques and positive parenting. “Many people do what they were taught…and if that [spanking] is what you learned and experienced, it puts you in a […]

Concussions didn’t cause deaths of high school football players

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It was a tragic week in high school football nationally: 3 deaths in 4 days. The causes were due to brain bleeds, not concussions. Concussions don’t cause bleeding or swelling in the brain. While it’s a scary situation, it’s important to understand the facts.

The AAP Recommends Later School Start Times for Teens

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An occasional late night and early morning start is fine for most teenagers. But what happens when teens consistently don’t get enough zzzs? They end up sleep deprived, which may lead to physical and mental health issues and impact how well they learn in school.

Make the most of a child’s “extra” time (VIDEO)

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Extracurricular activities can provide children with fond memories and learning experiences that may shape their lives for many years to come. In this video, child psychologist Geoffrey Putt discusses the role parents can play in ensuring a healthy balance in the amount and type of these activities.