Child & Adolescent Related Content

Video: Addressing Bullying in Kids & Teens

Bullying can take on many forms and can happen at any time—whether a child is on the playground or on their smartphone. And, sadly, it’s common: as many as 20% of kids and teens report being bullied, but less than half of the kids who say they’re bullied report it to someone of authority. What’s the...

Podcast: How Can We Support Child and Teen Mental Health?

Jenn talks to Dr. Fairlee Fabrett about how parents can support the mental health of their children and teens. Jenn and Fairlee discuss how to manage the stress of our loved ones while keeping our own stress in check and when it is time for family members to talk to a mental health provider. Fairlee...

Video: Engaging With Closed-Off Kids & Teens

Having difficult conversations is challenging, but if they’re handled well, it can bring you closer with your children. Being a caretaker means setting the tone that your kids can come to you with anything they want to talk to you about. Talking about tough subjects helps strengthen your child’s...

Video: Your Most Popular Questions About Anxiety in Kids and Teens

All children and adolescents have, and experience, anxiety—it’s natural for all of us to have some anxiety. But when kids have a lot of anxiety, or don’t know ways to manage it, it can impact their education, their relationships, and their development. It can be tough for children to explain how...

Video: Gearing Up Your Kids for a Mentally Healthy Summer

After another disrupted school year, kids are adapting to the next new normal: summer vacation. Since screen times have been sky-high, social activities have been disrupted, and outdoor gatherings have been limited, maintaining child and teen mental health may require a little extra effort. So how...

Podcast: Helping Adolescents With Anxiety

Jenn talks to Dr. Jason Krompinger about how to help kids and adolescents who are struggling with anxiety. Jason provides tips for talking with teens about anxiety, provides insight into different forms of anxiety, and answers questions about addressing stigma around the most common mental health...

Video: How Can We Support Child and Teen Mental Health?

Kids lead busy lives—and with the pandemic, it seems as if things are changing on any given day. With the unpredictability of COVID-19, school, extracurricular activities, and more, children and adolescents may be struggling to feel like they have any control. Adults are juggling all of the same...

Video: The Connections Between Parent & Child Mental Health

A child’s mental health is not just supported by their parents or caregivers—it can be shaped by them. Mentally healthy children rely heavily on them as the foundation for becoming independent, successful, happy adults. However, parents face plenty of challenges when looking after children, and...

Podcast: Gearing Up Your Kids for a Mentally Healthy Summer

Jenn talks to Dr. Lisa Coyne about how to help our kids and teens take care of their mental health over summer vacation. Lisa shares ways to check in on our loved ones without being intrusive, explains the importance of putting on our own oxygen masks first, and answers audience questions about how...

Video: Mental Wellness for Kids and Teens

Growing up is difficult—it always has been. But more recently, the challenges that kids and teens face seem even more daunting. From cyberbullying to digital learning, many issues they encounter are new and uncharted territory for parents and guardians. In addition, the late teenage years are known...

Podcast: Engaging With Closed-Off Kids & Teens

Jenn talks to Dr. Blaise Aguirre about how to have difficult conversations with kids and teens. Blaise suggests ways to approach difficult topics with children and adolescents, shares strategies to encourage your kids to open up to you, discusses navigating the complexities of growing up and gaining...

Video: Overcoming Perfectionism in Kids & Teens

If you have noticed that your child or adolescent is unusually hard on themselves, sets unreachable expectations, avoids challenges, and is overly self-critical, they may be exhibiting signs of perfectionism. One of the challenges of perfectionism is that it’s seen as a good thing—after all, we want...

Addressing the Surging Psychiatric Needs of Youth

“Thank you for everything. I thought I’d lost her.” As the program director at McLean’s newly launched adolescent inpatient program in Middleborough, Massachusetts, Joyce Velt, LICSW, has had dozens of notes, letters, and phone calls from grateful parents expressing similar sentiments. The idea of...

Video: Navigating Autism Through Childhood Years

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a very common developmental disability, impacting one in 54 children. What is true for one child with autism may not be true for another, as the spectrum varies in its severity. While it is a lifelong condition, its social, communicative, and behavioral challenges...

Video: What Is Validation and Why Is It So Important?

Everyone wants to be seen and heard. Validation, at its core, is a way of letting someone we care for know that we understand them, and in turn, can strengthen our connection with our loved ones. Validating the thoughts and feelings of kids and adolescents is especially important, even if you don’t...

Podcast: Building Trust With Kids & Adolescents

Jenn talks to Dr. Holly Peek about how to build trust in children and adolescents. Holly discusses how to establish and maintain trust with your child at different stages, shares what trust looks like and how it evolves throughout childhood, provides insight into privacy and boundaries to set with...