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Author Archive | Robert Myers, PhD

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Teens Tend to Overreact to Criticism from Moms According to Recent Brain Research

Parents of teens seem to find many opportunities to provide what they see as constructive criticism to call attention to such behavior as leaving clothes on the floor, not helping around the house, coming home late, spending too much time on their cell phone and on and on and on. Those of thus who have […]

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Early Childhood Perceptual Development

In the first years of life, a baby’s changes in behavior are auto-piloted, out of Mom’s control. Watching your baby develop new actions and abilities is only possible through watching her changes in behavior. Nevertheless, these behavioral changes stem from fundamental changes in how your child is able to perceive the world. Understanding the areas […]

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The Mozart Effect: Fact or Fiction?

Officially, the jury is still out on how the Mozart effect works on improving the cognitive capacity of children.  In fact, the theory itself is questionable.  But social scientists do know beyond the shadow of a doubt that there is a positive correlation between music and learning. The Mozart effect is a theory in psychology […]

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Adolescent Insomnia Should Be Taken Seriously

A recent research study published in the August edition of Sleep Medicine found that teens with insomnia were more likely to have depression, generalized anxiety disorder, and panic disorder.  The study was conducted using over 350 high school students (grades 7-12) in South Australia.  The study also indicates that the early treatment of insomnia may […]

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Book Review: The Whole-Brain Child

The current best-selling parent book, The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, provides parents with some very practical tips on how to be parents.   The authors are able to make some rather complex science easy for parents to understand and apply in providing the nurture, guidance and structure children need to […]

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The Importance of Therapy for Social Development in ADHD Children

The Importance of Therapy for Social Development in ADHD Children

Children with ADHD (same as ADD or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) often have difficulty with social development.  In fact, we know that the cortex of the brain in an ADHD may be three years behind his or her peers.  This is very significant when you look at social development in kids with ADHD.  Child psychologists have […]

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Ending Inappropriate Classroom Behavior Before It Gets Worse

When a child is having behavior problems at school, the earlier a workable solution is developed and implemented, the better.  When poorly handled or ignored, behavior problems can quickly escalate into a much bigger problem. The first step is meeting with your child’s teacher to fully understand what the behavior is all about.  Ask questions […]

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4 Homework Rules for Parents with ADHD Children

Homework time is rarely fun in most households. Parents of children with ADHD have extra challenges to manage. If a child is over-stimulated or stressed, homework becomes nearly impossible to complete. ADHD children have difficulty organizing themselves and their surroundings, and they have trouble concentrating for long periods of time. The following rules and tips […]

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3 Reasons Why Change Is So Difficult For Some Children and How To Help Them Through It

Change is difficult for most people, including well-adjusted and optimistic adults. It’s stressful. Yet change is a part of life, so it’s important to help children learn how to successfully adapt. Some children have a particularly difficult time managing change. Temperament Children are born with temperament. It’s genetic and occurs during prenatal development. Parents know […]

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The Missed Importance of Social Development for Kids With ADD and ADHD

Children with ADD or ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) often have more difficulty with social development than what psychologists refer to as neurotypical children.  They often lag as many as three years behind their peers.  Research has shown that there is a three-year delay in the development of the thickness of the cerebral cortex in these […]

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