“Soft skills,” such as communication, teamwork, conflict resolution, and problem solving are important to overall success in life and the process of building them begins early in childhood. Children with ADHD, autism, anxiety disorders, and learning differences often have challenges…

Social-emotional skills are just as important to learn in childhood as academics. As a pediatrician, I see many children struggling to behave and even getting suspended from school due to delays in emotional regulation. These children are often labeled “bad”…

Ep. 94: Helping Kids With Grief and Loss

A recent study in Pediatrics showed that one U. S. child has lost a parent or caregiver for every four COVID-19 deaths, highlighting a hidden crisis within the pandemic. As a pediatrician, I’ve seen the impact of such loss and how…

If you’re wondering what “selfie” skills are, let me explain. I coined this term to describe various abilities used to support or build oneself. For example, the ability to believe or trust yourself is known as self-confidence. Selfie skills are…

Ep. 77 Marijuana? Kids?

For many kids with chronic health conditions, a growing number of parents are considering the use of medical marijuana to ease their suffering.  Unfortunately, there is limited and questionable data to guide pediatricians and pediatric specialists in managing these requests….