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David Paltin, PhD

Dr David Paltin is a licensed child and adolescent psychologist in Orange, California. He received his PhD from United States International University. He currently is in private practice and member of the Adjunct Faculty with National University and Columbia College. He is the Author of The Parents’ Hyperactivity Handbook and other professional articles, Dr. Paltin has lectured and consulted on parenting, special needs education, and behavioral health challenges in children. Dr. Paltin appeared recently on CNN’s feature show “Medical Mysteries” and has been profiled for his work with ADHD and sleep problems in children.

Considering adoption? The statistics are favorable.

There are somewhere near 120,000 adoptions a year in the U.S., and the annual number of adoptions has increased over the past decade.  No two …

We say yes, teens say no.

Even Shakespeare wrote about it – the contrary nature of teens.  Romeo and Juliet were given strict orders to stay away from each other but …

Stress Research Sounds Health Alarms for Children

Does it feel like your “stress temperature” has gone up around ten degrees the last few years?  According to the American Psychological Association’s Stress in …

Are 3-D Movies and TV Harmful to Children?

How long has 3-D technology been around?  Most of us might think of crowds of teenagers in a 1950’s movie house watching horror flicks like …

Is it Time for a Family Meeting?

Family meetings always seem like a good idea on the surface, but when it comes down to it, it can seem like the early stages …

Helping Shy Children Become Social Adults

Social science researchers suggest that around thirty percent of the population regularly experience the intense feelings of self-consciousness and shame associated with the experience of …

Nesting for the New Baby? Don’t Forget These Essentials…

The wallpaper mural is dry, the newborn diapers are stacked neatly in the closet, and the days seem to pass by excruciatingly slowly in anticipation …

Reviewing Parental Control Software

I don’t know about you, but I spent what seemed like endless hours on the phone as a teenager talking to friends about everything and …

Puberty starts younger and younger . . . Should we be doing something?

Developmental experts have been writing about it for years. The age of onset of puberty has been decreasing steadily over the past two decades, now …

Remember, Mistakes are for Learning

It’s not easy to catch a baseball.  Ask any four-year old.  You have to keep your eyes tracking this small object hurtling at you through …

Sexual Media Influences Teen Decisions About Sex

The media recently reported that a popular clothing retailer has decided to reintroduce a catalogue that includes semi-nude, young models for distribution to their 18-years-and-older …

Kids out of Control? Inconsistency may be the Problem.

Jodie, a single mom of two boys, felt like her days were an endless uphill battle. After getting the boys off to school, she’d work …

“Coach Yelled at Me!”

Summer is almost here, and with it come the ill-fitting baseball uniforms, iodine swabbed skinned soccer knees, and a load of sports uniform laundry that will …

Mothers: science’s new rock stars?

Mother’s Day is typically a time to pay tribute to our own, individual mothers, or at least the person who we had a personal, mother-like …

Bullying: The One Child-Safety Hazard We Don’t Address

Last week’s bullying related death of Phoebe Prince in Massachusettes once again demonstrates the immediate and serious child health and safety problem of bullying. In …

When Fears Turn to Phobias

  Bees, costumed characters, germs, thunderstorms: what do they have in common? They all have the potential to cause fear and anxiety in both children …