Child Psychology Podcast
The Child Psychology Podcast is a source of information specifically about child psychology. Whereas my blog posts sometimes include other topics (like technology and grad school), my goal for the podcast is to focus on clinical child psychology specifically. Episodes are mainly focused on topics for parents and teachers, but anyone is welcome to listen!
My goal for the podcast is to cover information that you are interested in hearing/learning about. That means I need input from listeners like you! If you have feedback about an episode, leave a comment on that episode's post. Have an idea for an episode topic? Let me know using the Contact Me button below!
Note: My podcast is currently on a break while I work on finishing up grad school. My hope is to start creating more episodes after I graduate this summer!
With the start of the school year, those of us working in medical settings start to notice a trend: more kids coming in with physical symptoms. And why is this the case? There are a lot of things that change with the start of the school year, including kids being closer together and colds/flus spreading. But there's another thing that tends to increase: somatic symptoms.
When working with a child who is engaging in problematic/disruptive behaviors, we generally need some way of helping them learn which behaviors they should not engage in. While we generally suggest focusing on telling a child what to do, rather than what not to do, some form of discipline is often needed. A common recommendation is to use timeouts, but many parents have tried timeouts without success. To help improve the effectiveness of timeouts, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Mindfulness is something that has become popular, but a lot of people get frustrated when trying to be mindful. That's because a lot of people misunderstand the goals of mindfulness. Because mindfulness has a lot of benefits, it's helpful to learn how to do. In this episode, I discuss what mindfulness is, how to think about it, the benefits, and what you can do to be mindful.
ADHD tends to be one of the most common disorders we see in therapy with kids, likely in part due to the obvious and disruptive nature of the symptoms. But there are some other conditions that also have some overlap with ADHD, which families are not always aware of.
Play therapy can be a helpful way to make learning information from therapy fun and easy for kids. Talk therapy can be difficult for young kids, especially in early childhood when they do not yet have the vocabulary for a lot of the things we talk about (e.g., feelings, coping skills). By presenting the information through play, it can help keep their attention and show them the information/skills. And there are a lot of different forms play therapy can take, including art, games, and so on.
Every child/adolescent will cope differently with grief (just as every person does). And that's ok! But there are some things you want to consider when working with a child/adolescent who is grieving.
Executive functions (EF) are a set of skills that are linked to long-term outcomes and success. I wrote about these skills in a previous blog post. To summarize, executive functions are a set of skills that deal with higher-level processing of information. After the brain takes in basic information (e.g., the sight of numbers on a page), EF works through that information and helps to make sense of it (e.g., doing mental math with those numbers). Here, I discuss the development of executive functioning skills, and how you can promote that development.
In this episode, I discuss neuropsych testing. What it is and when you may want to consider it (for yourself or a child).
In this episode I discuss the benefits of emotion identification, how you can help kids learn the skill, and how you can help them learn coping skills in fun ways
Several weeks ago I attended the SPPAC 2016 conference, which I've summarized in a recent blog post. In this episode, I go through a summary of what content was at the conference, my thoughts on what I saw, and some other general information. After this episode, I will be returning to a focus on child psychology more generally.
This week I'm taking a break from having a normal episode to make a brief announcement: SPPAC is happening this week! SPPAC is the annual conference of the Society of Pediatric Psychology, my main professional organization. I will be attending and presenting at the conference. You can follow me on twitter (@d_decator) to see my tweets about conference content, and I will add my poster to my research page soon after I return!
Last week I spoke about child psychology more broadly. In this episode, I talk about a specialty within child psychology: pediatric psychology. Those of us in this specialty have dedicated ourselves to understanding how best to work with children who have medical conditions. We look at the systems they are in, and have an understanding of how medical conditions can influence different relationships.
Many students and families have some misunderstandings about what child psychology involves. For example, many of us have families come in expecting therapy to be only between the child and the therapist, not realizing that the family is heavily involved. In this episode, I discuss what child psychology focuses on (for those potentially interested in studying child psychology), and what psychotherapy for a child generally looks like (for caregivers considering bringing their child to a therapist).
A follow-up to the previous episode on tips for staying organized and establishing routines. In this episode I discuss my own strategies, including some of the tools that I use. This ranges from using a calendar and the ever-important to-do list, to having normal morning and nighttime routines. While I personally balance being a student, researcher, clinician, and my personal self, try to think about the different roles that you have and how these strategies may help you balance them more effectively.