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Talking with Your Spouse to Send the Right Messages to Your Kids
Dr. Alexander Barzvi spoke with Bruce Barber on "The Real Life Survival Guide"(MP3) on Sirius Satellite Radio. In this episode Dr. Barzvi talks about working with your spouse to help instill the qualities, values, and characteristics you would like to see in your children. (December 1, 2007)

Dyslexia's Impact on Children
Susan Schwartz, M.A. Ed., Clinical Director of the Institute for Learning and Academic Achievement, appeared on WNBC's News 4 You with Perri Peltz to talk about dyslexia and its impact on children. Susan offered tips on what parents and teachers should look out for if they suspect a child may have a learning disability. (October 10, 2007)

School Anxiety
Dr. Alexandra Barzvi appeared on WNBC's News 4 You with Perri Peltz. This segment, on school anxiety, was the first of a three-part series on different types of anxiety that afflict children and adolescents. Dr. Barzvi provided tips on how parents could help their children overcome anxiety. (October 5, 2007)

Asperger Syndrome
Dr. Lynda Geller, Clinical Director of the Asperger Institute, appeared on WNBC's News 4 You with Perri Peltz to discuss the social skill deficits typically found in individuals diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome.  The Advanced Learning Lab, a research-based model educational program for academically-gifted youth with Asperger Syndrome, developed by the Asperger Institute, was also mentioned. (September 13, 2007)

Back-to-School Jitters
Dr. Kimberly Williams was a guest on Morning Living with Dean Olsher and Betsy Karetnick, a live radio show on Sirius' Martha Stewart Living Radio. Dr. Williams talked about back-to-school jitters. (August 20, 2007)

Tomboys, Just One of the Boys
Dr. Kimberly Williams appeared live on The Today Show to discuss why girls become tomboys, and what parents need to know about raising a tomboy. (August 17, 2007)

Surgical Procedures for Obese Children
Dr. Andrea Vazzana appeared on CNN Headline News to discuss the psychological implications of lap-band surgery and liposuction on young children and adolescents suffering from obesity. (August 7, 2007)

Homesick at Summer Camp
Dr. Lea deFrancisci Lis, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Resident at the NYU Child Study Center, appeared on WNBC's News 4 You with Perri Peltz to talk about how parents can help their homesick children cope. (August 2, 2007)

Thumbsucking and Attachment
Dr. Kimberly Williams was a guest on KidsStuff, a live parenting radio show on Sirius' Martha Stewart Living Radio. Dr. Williams talked about thumbsucking and attachment. (July 31, 2007)

Reading Strategies That Grow with Your Child
Susan Schwartz, M.A. Ed. wrote an article on how parents can help their school-aged children with academic reading assignments for the August/September 2007 issue of ADDitude Magazine. (July 31, 2007)

Harry Potter Mania
Dr. Lori Evans appeared live on WNBC's News 4 You with Perri Peltz to discuss the craze behind Harry Potter. (July 23, 2007)

Post "Potter" Depression?
Dr. Melvin Oatis appeared live on The Saturday Early Show to talk about the trouble some children may experience with moving forward after reading the last Harry Potter book. Dr. Oatis suggested parents could help make this a smooth transition by letting children express their feelings and encouraging them to engage in more reading. He advised that parents could even use this as a life lesson. (July 21, 2007)

Too Old To Parent?
Dr. Kimberly Williams appeared on Good Morning America to speak about the benefits of grandparents, rather than foster parents, raising children, when the biological parents are unfit. (July 17, 2007)

Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Dr. Dominick Auciello appeared live on WNBC's News 4 You to discuss Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). He provided an overview of symptoms, onset and course of the disorder, and available treatment methods. Dr. Auciello also offered advice for parents who suspect their child may have ODD. (July 16, 2007)

The First Big Step in Letting Go
Dr. Demy Kamboukos spoke to The Times Tribune about the normal reactions parents feel when their children make the transition to college. (July 14, 2007)

Schools, Parents Urged to Heed Threats
Dr. Demy Kamboukos spoke to Newsday about the risk factors, which can possibly lead to teenage violent behavior, parents and school officials should be aware of. (July 14, 2007)

Dealing with Sibling Rivalry
Dr. Alan Ravitz appeared on The Today Show to talk about the benefits of sibling rivalry. Dr. Ravitz advises that these benefits include learning another perspective, learning to compromise and negotiate, and learning how to manage aggressive impulses. (July 13, 2007)

The Praise Craze
Dr. Alexandra Barzvi spoke to correspondent Tiki Barber of The Today Show about the negative consequences of overpraising children. Dr. Barzvi recommends that parents should focus on their child's effort, not outcome, when giving praise. (July 10, 2007)

Talking to Children Who Witness Crimes
Dr. Michelle Pearlman appeared live on MSNBC to discuss the appropriate ways to approach and talk with small children who witness crimes. This is in light of the recent news story regarding Jessie Davis, the pregnant mother in Ohio who was abducted and possibly killed in front of her 2-year-old son. (June 26, 2007)

Birth Order's Effect on IQ
Dr. Richard Gallagher appeared on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric to discuss a new study that shows that the eldest children in families tend to develop higher IQs than their younger siblings. (June 22, 2007)

Susan Schwartz spokewith Hannah Storm of the CBS Early Show about the pros and cons of holding your child back a year in school. She provided tips to help parents decide whether to enroll their young children in kindergarten or hold them out for another year. (June 20, 2007)

Children's Friendships
Dr. Kimberly Williams was a guest on KidsStuff, a live parenting radio show on Sirius' Martha Stewart Living Radio. Dr. Williams talked about childhood friendships—how to teach children to choose good friends and how to deal with your children's friends. (June 19, 2007)

Learning to Care
Dr. Demy Kamboukos spoke to Parents Magazine about how toddlers learn compassion, empathy, and to decode other people's emotions. (June 1, 2007)

Grade-School Girls, Grown-Up Gossip
Dr. Richard Gallagher spoke to The New York Times about the impact of celebrity gossip on tweens. He advises that the gossip culture may be harmful, and that there may be a delayed effect on tweens' behavior. Dr. Gallagher suggests that parents discuss celebrity misbehavior with their children in order to help kids digest the information more effectively. (May 27, 2007)

Squabbling Siblings
Dr. Alexandra Barzvi appeared live on the CBS Early Show to talk about sibling rivalry. (May 19, 2007)

Early Drinking's Special Health Risks
Dr. Richard Gallagher was quoted by The New York Sun in an article about teenage drinking. Dr. Gallagher advises parents to remindtheir children about the potential consequences of alcohol abuse, noting thatparental involvement has been shown to delay by 12 to 18 months the age at which their children begin drinking alcohol. (May 10, 2007)

Perfect Parenting: Less Praise is More
Dr. Alexandra Barzvi appeared live on the CBS Early Show to talk about effective praising techniques for parents. Dr. Barzvi's tips include: use praise selectively; be very specific; and praise the effort, not the outcome. (May 7, 2007)

A Mother's World
Dr. Laurie Miller Brotman was profiled in the May issue of New York Family magazine, in a special section about moms. (May 7, 2007)

STEPS Pilot Program a Great Resource for Rockland Schools
The Journal News (PDF) ran an editorial praising the new STEPS (Screening, Treatment, and Education to Prevent Suicide) initiative. The editorial also acknowledged Senator Morahan's leadership in securing the funding and the importanceof NKI in the region. (May 2, 2007)

Rockland a Launch Pad for Program to Prevent Teen Suicide, School Violence
Dr. Chris Lucas spoke to the Journal News (PDF) about STEPS, a new program that will identify and provide access to treatment for teens with mental health problems to reduce the risk for suicide and school violence. This will be piloted in high schools in Rockland and Orange Counties. (May 2, 2007)

New Antidepressant Warnings Proposed for Young Adults
Dr. Melvin Oatis appeared on WNBC's NewsChannel 4 at 11 to talk about the FDA's announcement that drug makers should expand the warning labels on anti-depressants to include young adults. (May 2, 2007)

In-depth Education, Communication About Disease Help Families Cope
Dr. Michelle Pearlman, director of the Trauma and Bereavement Service at the NYU Child Study Center, provided advice to parents on how to help their child cope with chronic illness and understand the treatment involved, for an article in the Delaware Journal News (PDF). She stressed the importance of reassuring the child that the illness is a random occurrence, and not punishment for something done wrong. (April 30, 2007)

Hollywood Finds Its Disorder Du Jour
Dr. Melissa Nishawala spoke to the New York Times (PDF) about the impact of the broader definition of autism in an article on the increase in movies featuring characters with autism. (April 29, 2007)

Distinguishing the Ill-Mannered Child from the ADHD Child
Dr. Steven Kurtz appeared on the TLC program Shalom in the Home to answer Rabbi Shmuley's questions about ADHD and therapy. (April 25, 2007)

Parent-Child Relationships
Dr. Richard Gallager, Child and Adolescent Psychologist at the NYU Child Study Center, appeared in a taped interview on WABC's Eyewitness News to discuss the psychological implications of a parent voicing discontent in a disparaging way with his/her child. (April 20, 2007)

Survivor's Guilt
Dr. Marylene Cloitre, Director of the Institute for Trauma and Resilience, appeared live on The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, FOX's national morning show. Dr. Cloitret alked about survivor's guilt in relation to the deadly shootings at Virginia Tech. (April 19, 2007)

Report finds 1 in 3 students binge drink
Dr. Richard Gallagher spoke to the Washington Square News (PDF) about underage teenage drinking, emphasizing that parents are the biggest influence on their children. (April 19, 2007)

Report Finds 1 in 3 Students Binge Drink
Dr. Richard Gallagher spoke to the Washington Square News (PDF) about underage teenage drinking, emphasizing that parents are the biggest influence on their children. (April 19, 2007)

Talking to Children About School Violence
Dr. Demy Kamboukos, Director of Research for the Families Forward Program in the Institute for Trauma and Resilience, appeared LIVE on "Healthy Life" on ABC News Now, ABC's 24-hour digital cable news network. Dr. Kamboukos provided tips to parents for talking to children about school violence. (April 18, 2007)

Starting the Healing Process
Dr. Marylene Cloitre, Cathy and Stephen Graham Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Director of the Institute for Trauma and Resilience, appeared live on The Today Show to discuss how schools can help students cope with tragedies such as the Virginia Tech shootings. (April 18, 2007)

Technology Becomes a Coping Mechanism
Dr. Karen D'Angelo, Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Institute for Trauma and Resilience, spoke to a reporter for Fox 5 News at 5 about the phenomenon of online grieving. Dr. D'Angelo provided background information for a story that looks at the role of online communities such as MySpace and FaceBook during tragedies such as the Virginia Tech shootings. Dr. D'Angelo told Fox 5 that kids grieving online is a normal response, but said it shouldn't be a substitute for face-to-face counseling. (April 18, 2007)

Coping with Grief
A taped interview with Dr. Michelle Pearlman, Director of the Trauma and Bereavement Service, was webcast on the Fox News website. Dr. Pearlman spoke with medical correspondent Dr. Manny Alvarez about coping with grief in the aftermath of tragedy.

This interview also ran on local Fox News television affiliates across the country. (April 17, 2007)

Antidepressant Update
Dr. Jess Shatkin, Director of Education and Training at the NYU Child Study Center, spoke to NY1 about the new study that found the benefits of antidepressants outweigh the risks. (April 17, 2007)

Beyond To-Do Lists
Susan Schwartz, M.A. Ed.,and Matt Cruger, Ph.D.,wrote an article on how time management can lead tosuccess in school for children with ADHDor learning difficulties for the May 2007issue of ADDitude Magazine (PDF). (April 10, 2007)

Kids in the Kitchen
Laurie Miller Brotmanspoke to New York Family (PDF) magazine about the benefit of cooking classes for kids—kids may be more willing to try new foods if they are surrounded by children eating the same things. (April 10, 2007)

ADHD A Daily Challenge
Dr. Steven Kurtz appeared live on WNBC News 4 You discussing current issues in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD especially when other disruptive behavior problems are present as well. He also addressed parental concerns about using behavioral and medicine treatments. (April 6, 2007)

Keep Out of Reach of Children
Dr. Jess Shatkin spoke to about diagnosing psychiatric disorders in young children and using drug therapy as a treatment method. (March 30, 2007)

How to Turn Kids Into Fans
Dr. Richard Gallagher spoke to the New York Post (PDF) about positive ways parents can encourage their kids to root for their favorite sports team. (March 29, 2007)

Iraq: Four Year Later—Growing Up With War
Dr. Marylene Cloitre spoke to The Today Show (Windows Media file) about children and adolescents growing up during the Iraq War. Dr. Cloitre said that the way kids view this war is very different from the way kids 40 years ago viewed the Vietnam War, in large part because kids today are exposed to so much more hard news, sex, and violence on a daily basis through various forms of media. (March 19, 2007)

Those Rats Also Known As Teenagers
Dr. Richard Gallagher spoke to the New York Sun about a new study showing that during puberty, the brain actually reacts differently to stress. Dr. Gallagher said that teenagers tend to become more reasonable about many things around 16, and early adolescence is when teenagers are likely to be highly emotional. (March 16, 2007)

Influence Female Celebrities Have on Young Girls
Dr. Richard Gallagher appeared on WNBC's News 4 You to talk about the impact the antics of female celebrities can have onyoung girls. Dr. Gallagher said that parents should encourage girlsto look to someone they know as a role model, such as a parent, teacher,or family friend. (March 14, 2007)

What's a Tooth Worth?
Dr. Jess Shatkin was interviewed for an online video for the Wall Street Journal in conjunction with an article on the price today's tooth fairy pays for a lost tooth. (March 12, 2007)

Diagnosing and Treating Young Children with Psychiatric Disorders
Dr. Jess Shatkin appeared on the CBS Evening News to talk about diagnosing and treating young children with psychiatric disorders. Dr. Shatkin said drugs should be used cautiously and in addition to behavioral therapy. (March 11, 2007)

'Brain-building' Toys Get Taken Down a Peg
Dr. Kathleen Kiely Gouley spoke to the Boston Globe about the proliferation of "educational toys," which claim that they can boost a child's IQ or enhance development. Dr. Gouley drew on her own experience as a mother of young children for creating educational opportunities with daily activities, such as letting her 19-month-old help "sort" the mail. (March 5, 2007)

Disciplining Other People's Kids: Scolding Your Own Children is One Thing, But What if the Little Brats Aren't Yours?
Dr. Richard Gallagher spoke to Newsday about the social taboos of disciplining other people's children. Dr. Gallagher said what many people don't realize is that it is actually helpful for kids. It helps them to recognize community standards and that they are not independent of other people around them. (March 4, 2007)

Mom and Dad to the Rescue!
Dr. Steven Kurtz spoke to InTown Westchester about "helicopter parents," or parents who "hover" and remain so involved in their child's life that, by high school and college, their kids are calling them several times a day for advice. Dr. Kurtz calls the cell phone "the world's longest umbilical cord," and says parents' constant intervention can prevent kids from learning independence. Parents should allow kids to confront their own issues so they learn how to solve problems on their own. (March 1, 2007)

The Picture of Health
An art installation at the NYU Child Study Center was featured in an article in Time Out New York Kids (PDF) about RxArt, a non-profit organization that commissions artwork to be on long-term loan at health care facilities around New York City. (March 1, 2007)

Beyond Blocks: Do Parents Need Educational Products to Boost Baby's Brainpower?
Dr. Chris Lucas spoke to the Parent Paper about the increase in "educational" toys for sale. Dr. Lucas said that it is more important that parents provide their children with developmentally appropriate activities, as learning is best in context. (March 1, 2007)

Child Study Center Starts Group for Divorcing Parents
Dr. Richard Oberfield and Donna Laikind, co-chairs of the Separation and Divorce Support Service, spoke to Washington Square News about this new group for parents who are separating or going through a divorce. (March 1, 2007)

Perfect Parenting: Children, Chores, and Stereotypes
Dr. Alexandra Barzvi was on the CBS Early Show speaking about parents unconsciously tasking sons and daughter with gender-specific chores. Dr. Barzvi suggested parents use a "job jar"—where everyone selects chores at random—as a fair way of assigning chores to the whole family. (March 1, 2007)

Teen Suicide Increases
Dr. Lori Evans was quoted in a Westchester Parent article about the recent CDC report showing an increase in teen suicides. Dr. Evans said that adults should take seriously teens who talk about killing him/herself. (March 1, 2007)

The BlackBerry Generation
Dr. Richard Gallagher, Ph.D., appeared on WNBC's Live at 5:00 to discuss the BlackBerry generation and the effect of parents' constant use of a BlackBerry on their children. (February 22, 2007)

Take My Teen Angst... Please!
Dr. Alexandra Barzvi spoke to the Associated Press about "Mortified," a comedy show where original authors read their journals, letters, and poems, which they refer to as "teen angst artifacts." Dr. Barzvi said it can be therapeutic and healthy to laugh at yourself. (February 22, 2007)

Rise in Number of Autism Cases in the U.S.
Dr. Melissa Nishawala was quoted on CBS News Radio (mp3) about the CDC report of an increase in prevalence of children in the U.S. with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Nishawala said that the increase in numbers of children with Autism could be because the definition of Autism has been expanded, and therefore children with milder symptoms are now receiving treatment and needed attention. (February 9, 2007)

N.J. Shows High Rate of Autism in Study
Dr. Melissa Nishawala spoke to the Newark Star-Ledger about a new CDC study showing that New Jersey has the highest rate of autism in children in the country. Dr. Nishawala said that one reason for the increase in prevalence could be the adoption of an expanded definition of autism which now includes milder versions of the disorder. (February 9, 2007)

Autism Cases
Dr. Melissa Nishawala appeared on CBS (Windows Media file) newscasts around the country talking about the CDC report that sites an increase in the number of children with Autism in the United States. Dr. Nishawala says that early intervention is critical—the sooner a child is diagnosed, the sooner they can get treatment. Unfortunately, Dr. Nishawala also points out that there are not nearly enough people trained in the appropriate types of therapy to treat all the children who need help. (February 8, 2007)

TV Habits Have No Impact on Teen Exercise
Dr. Jess Shatkin spoke to HealthDay about a new study which finds that the amount of time teens spend watching television actually has no relationship to their level of physical activity. Dr. Shatkin cautioned drawing too many conclusions from the data without taking into account the impact of socio-economic factors, such as whether the child lives in an area where s/he can safely play outside or if s/he can afford to join sports classes. (February 5, 2007)

Some Experts Blame FDA Labeling for Child Suicide Increase
Dr. Lori Evans spoke to ABC News about a new study from the CDC showing that suicide rates in children and adolescents age 1–19 rose more than 18 percent from 2003 to 2004. This increase occrued at the same time the FDA mandated that SSRIs include a heightened "black box" warning of the possible link to increased suicidal thoughts while taking these drugs. Dr. Evans told ABC News that no study has ever shown an increase in suicides from taking anti-depressants. (February 5, 2007)

And for My Princess, A Pedicure
Dr. Linda Carter was quoted by the New York Times (PDF) in an article on mothers taking their young daughters to spas, nail and hair salons, restaurants, and the gym—places formerly considered adult domain—as a way of bonding and spending time with them. Dr. Carter said that while some people may be critical of a mother who takes her little girl to get a manicure, what matters is the mother's intention and the child's understanding of that intention. (February 1, 2007)

What's A Rite of Passage?
Dr. Anita Gurian spoke to New Youth Connections about various rites of passage and the role that they play in teens' lives. (January/February 2007) (February 1, 2007)

Extra Pre-School
Susan Schwartz, M.A. Ed., was on WABC-7 Eyewitness News talking about a growing trend of parents keeping their child in pre-school for an additional year. Schwartz said that parents are the best gauge of a child's growth and development and should use that understanding to decide what is best for their child. (February 1, 2007)

Cómo Se Dice, Burp Me?
Dr. Christopher Lucas spoke to New York Family (PDF) about teaching young children foreign languages. Dr. Lucas recommended parents not living in a bilingual household wait to see if their child developed normally in their primary language before introducing them to a foreign language, to make sure s/he doesn't have a developmental language learning disorder. (February 1, 2007)

Bringing Up Bossy
Dr. Kathleen Kiely Gouley spoke to Wondertime magazine (PDF) about strong-willed children. Dr. Gouley said that children who like to be in control often actually need structure to allow them to just be kids. (February 1, 2007)

Fashion Week in New York
Dr. Andrea Vazzana appeared on WABC-7 News on to discuss the impact that images of increasingly thin models have on the self-esteem of young women as Fashion Week kicks off in New York. (January 31, 2007)

Tantrums on a Plane: Dealing With A Wild Child
Dr. Richard Gallagher appeared on CNN Headline News Primetime to discuss a recent news story about a family being thrown off of an airplane because their three-year-old child had a severe tantrum. Dr. Gallagher offered tips to parents for dealing with similar situations. (January 25, 2007)

Barons Before Bedtime
Dr. Richard Gallagher was quoted by the New York Times in an article on entrepreneurial teens. Dr. Gallagher said that while being financially savvy can have positive value for kids, parents should stay involved in the decision of what this new "luxury" money goes toward. (January 25, 2007)

Experts: Teen Years a Trying Time for Asperger's Sufferers
Dr. Lynda Geller spoke to the Boston Herald (PDF) about the impact of Asperger Syndrome on children and teens. Dr. Geller said that children with Asperger are almost always teased and rebuffed by their peers due to poor social skills. (January 20, 2007)

Taken: Children Lost and Found
Dr. Marylene Cloitre appeared on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360° to discuss the road to recovery for children who have been abducted and then returned to their family. The interview was specifically about how children like Shawn Hornbeck, the Missouri boy who was recently found after having been missing from his family for more than four years, can regain some sense of control and normalcy after such a traumatic experience. (January 18, 2007)

Kidnapped! What to Tell Your Kids
Dr. Marylene Cloitre appeared on Good Morning America in a segment about the difficult conversation that every parent must have with their children—what to do if they are abducted. Dr. Cloitre offered suggestions for how children should react if they have an encounter with a dangerous predator. (January 17, 2007)

Back At Home
Dr. Marylene Cloitre was on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric talking kidnapping in reference to Shawn Hornbeck, the boy who was recently found after being held captive for more than four years. Dr. Cloitre spoke about the fear and intimidation that kidnappers use against the children that they capture. (January 15, 2007)

Parental Action Limits Teen Drinking
In response to a new report from the CDC showing that a high percentage of teenagers report binge drinking (having more than 5 or more alcoholic drinks in a row), Dr. Richard Gallagher said that parents remain the greatest influence over their children's behavior. Dr Gallagher provided parents with tips for using that influence to reduce the likelihood that their child will engage in binge drinking, as reported by United Press International (UPI). (January 15, 2007)

Study Reveals Guidelines for Preventing, Treating Homesickness
Dr. Richard Gallagher was quoted by the Associated Press on a new study in the journal Pediatrics that offers tips to physicians for recognizing homesickness in patients who are away from home for the first time. Dr. Gallagher said that the study offered a "sound plan" for physicians and parents who want to help their children develop coping strategies. (January 2, 2007)

For Charities, the Street is Paved With Gold
The NYU Child Study Center's 9th Annual Child Advocacy Award Dinner was called the "leader" of recent fundraisers by Crain's New York Business (PDF). The article credited the boom on Wall Street for helping a high number of non-profits and charities raise more than $1 million at annual events. The Child Study Center's gala raised $6.7 million in 2006. (January 1, 2007)

Can Adults Have 'Frienemies'?
The Child Study Center was cited in a Salt Lake Tribune article on the importance of friendships throughout childhood and adolescence. The article focused on the changing nature of friendships as children grow, and how parents can help their children understand what makes a good friend. (January 1, 2007)

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