Signs of Sexual Abuse in Children and Adolescents
Educator and advocate Lauren Book describes key physical and behavioral clues to abuse. This is incredibly important as children are often ashamed and find it difficult to open up.WATCH MORE
I have custody of two children, recently in foster care, who engage in sexual behavior. What can I do?
- Janine Domingues, PhD
This can be normal for this developmental stage, and also controlled with behavioral methods like redirection. But abuse is also a possibility.READ MORE
A child whose mother is hospitalized cries daily, disrupting the class. Should we pity her or demand that she perform?
- Rachel Busman, PsyD
A parent's illness can be very destabilizing for a child. She may need more support and fewer demands, and the school should be conferring with the family members caring for her.READ MORE
Epilepsy, MS, and Mental Illness: Treating the Whole Child
Too often, kids with chronic diseases aren't diagnosed with co-occuring disorders, says Dr. Deborah Weisbrot. It's an understandable but unfortunate missed opportunity.WATCH MORE
How Does Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy Work?
Dr. Joan Kaufman of the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University discusses the stages of the best evidence-based intervention for PTSD in young people.WATCH MORE
My school's new emergency plan includes lockdown drills. How can we keep them from scaring the kids?
- Jamie Howard, PhD
Letting kids know there's plan for keeping them safe, and practicing that plan, can make them feel calmer and more confidentREAD MORE
My daughter was abused 6 years ago and now she's having negative sexual thoughts. How can I help her?
- Jamie Howard, PhD
Try to find a doctor who knows trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, the gold standard treatment for sexual abuse.READ MORE
Helping Kids Cope After a Traumatic Event
A guide offering simple tips on what to expect, what to do, and what to look out for after a crisis.READ MORE
'Beasts of the Southern Wild': On Trauma and Surviving Adversity
- Alan Ravitz, MD, MS
Despite profound adverse experiences, the child Hushpuppy thrives in 'Beasts of the Southern Wild.' Why are some people more vulnerable to trauma?READ MORE
Going Back to School After a Tragedy
Support and routine are essential for kids returning to school after they've been exposed to frightening news.READ MORE