Dr. Zlotnick published a children’s book about mentalization!

We are VERY excited to share that Dr. Zlotnick has published a children's book about mentalization! The Three Little Pigs: An Imaginative Decision Tree Production is a thoughtful, eloquent, and humorous retelling of the Three Little Pigs. In the story, the Three Little Pigs take the perspective of the Big Bad Wolf and assist him [...]

California Association of School Psychologists (CASP) Annual Convention

Dr. Kierce at CASP's 70th Annual Convention Dr. Kierce joined school psychologists throughout California in Long Beach this week for the 70th Annual CASP Convention. She presented on a topic that combined her passion for children, externalizing challenges, and resiliency with her knowledge of school psychology, clinical psychology, and psychoanalytic theory. Rooted in her doctoral [...]

Briefing: The House of Representatives Dyslexia Caucus

Drs. Kierce and Forchelli spent yesterday afternoon at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC with U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, stakeholders, and community advocates for children with learning disabilities. The purpose of the briefing was to bring increased awareness to congress regarding the impact of learning disabilities on children, families, and society. Check out the [...]

Meditation Changes Your Brain!

From Box Breathing to Insight Timer, I am sure at some point you have heard me mention the importance of meditation and mindfulness! Here is a great article explaining the science behind such practices. This article suggests functional and structural changes to the brain as a result of meditation, as well as differences in behavior [...]

Too Much Screen Time Can Have Lasting Consequences for Young Children’s Brains

According to researcher Sheri Madigan, children who spent more time using TV or computers showed poorer performance on developmental tasks with regard to memory, attention, language and communication skills, social interactions, and problem solving than children who had limited access to technology. Recommended use for children is one hour per day for quality educational programs. [...]

Rules of Thumb for Change Agents

I was barely 23 years old when I began my career as a school psychologist. I probably looked like I was sixteen. Aside from that, I was working in Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), the fourth largest school district, one of the most politically charged and ethnically diverse systems in the United States. I made [...]

Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families: Empowering young people to make informed decisions about their mental health

Greetings! I was lucky enough to visit the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families when I was in London last year. Ms. Freud pioneered the Centre just a few houses down from where she lived with her Father, Sigmund Freud, after fleeing Vienna during the Nazi regime. At that time, she took the lead [...]