To Build a "Trauma-Informed Community" Start With Babies

How can we make use of the Adverse Childhood Experiences study to build healthy communities? Start with listening to parents and infants.

The Baby Box Craze

Many states are jumping on the Baby Box bandwagon. To accurately model the Finland Baby Box, programs that promote social connection, such as home visiting, must also be in place.

How Mothers Saved Obamacare

With a large percentage of the US population feeling unrecognized and unheard, maternal and mental health care is exactly what we need most.

Can We Heal Our Country by Listening to Parents and Babies?

Our current political climate reflects a profound deficit in our collective capacity for listening. Does contemporary developmental science offer a solution to this problem?

New Pediatric Sleep Guidelines: Questions Raised

We must consider social and cultural context when implementing new sleep guidelines issues by the American Academy of Pediatrics

Big Pharma and the Question: Is ADHD Real?

Rather than assign blame for the ADHD epidemic, we must look to a new paradigm of mental health that is founded in contemporary developmental science.

Why Feelings Can Matter More Than Facts

When the need to belong overrides the capacity for discernment—a problem that can have its origins early in development—our democracy becomes vulnerable.

Does My Child Have a Psychiatric Disorder?

When parents are concerned about their child's emotional wellbeing, we need to protect time and space to listen without pressure to name the problem

Autism and Neuroscience: A Public Health Perspective

Children with autism have signals that are difficult to read, leading to patterns of miscommunication. Listening carefully to all infants and parents offers the path to prevention.

Helping Children Succeed: Brain Science in the Classroom

Paul Tough grew to recognize that the qualities that help children succeed are not "skills" that are "taught" but rather qualities that develop in early relationships

What Happens When We Give Antidepressants to Girls?

When we jump to medicate young girls without protecting time to listen to the full story, we miss opportunity for prevention while placing future mothers in an untenable position

Early Relationships: The Fourth Vital Sign

When a baby is born, taking time to listen to parent and child together should be a top priority.

The Postpartum Depression Screening Wars: Is PPD "Real"?

Can we take a close look at the issue of postpartum depression screening in all its complexity in striving for the best outcome for children and families?

Why are Toddlers Prescribed Mind-Altering Drugs?

The understandable outrage over prescribing of psychiatric medication to very young children needs to be channeled into effective social action.

Postpartum Depression: From Blame to Responsibility

When we point to the negative effects of postpartum depression on child development, parents may be overwhelmed with guilt. "I'm guilty" can also mean "I'm responsible." Framed in light of responsibility, parents may instead feel empowered.

Dilemmas in Diagnosis: Is it Autism, Anxiety, or Neither?

The process of diagnostic assessment, as guided by DSM defined disorders, may limit our ability to listen to the story and gain a full understanding of a child's experience. However, it is that very understanding that leads to meaningful solutions.

First in Mass Violence, Last in Paid Maternity Leave

When we offer time and space to listen to young families who struggle, we can help set development on a healthy path. If our country placed more value on children and families, would we see a decline in mass violence?

Drugging Traumatized Kids: Lessons for Mental Health Care

Whether a child has experienced major trauma, or more ubiquitous adverse childhood experiences such as parental mental illness, domestic violence, or divorce, protecting space and time to listen to the story in the setting of trusting relationships is central to growth and healing

Remembering the Holocaust: A Psychoanalytic Moment

Much has been written about the Holocaust and intergenerational transmission of trauma. This clinical vignette offers insight in to the workings of the unconscious and how the process of analysis can bring these issues to light.

Should Autism Be Diagnosed in Infancy?

Autism research is coming out from the shadows of the "refrigerator mother theory' to show the importance of working with parent and child together to promote healthy development

ADHD and Early Death: A False Assumption

Space and time to listen to the story are critical to effective treatment of problems of regulation of attention, behavior and emotion. Perhaps the risk of early death in individuals diagnosed with ADHD lies in the absence of recognition and treatment of complex underlying causes.

Vaccines, Parenting, and the Specter of Unbearable Loss

In a culture that does not offer space and time for grief and loss, as parents we may be driven to try to control what in the end we cannot fully control.

Preschool Depression: A Call for Curiosity

When we give a child a diagnostic label without opportunity to make sense of the behavior in the context of relationships, we miss an opportunity for prevention and meaningful intervention

Everyday Trauma, Everyday Resilience

Research at the interface of child development and neuroscience offers insight in to development of resilience. By listening to the story of parent and child, there is opportunity to point development in a healthy direction and avoid repeating unhealthy patterns from previous generations.

Plank as Parenting Metaphor

When as parents we have the strength to "hang in there" through difficult moments, we may be rewarded with new levels of growth, development, and connection.

Is Postpartum Depression a Misnomer?

The relatively immature brain of the newborn -70% of human brain growth occurs outside the womb- requires an attentiveness and care not unlike the 24-7 care the mother's body provides during pregnancy.

ADHD, Antipsychotics, and an Unanswered Question

Is the improvement in behavior from atypical antipsychotics a result of compliance or does it reflect increase in organization and self-regulation?

Deconstructing ADHD

Simply naming a problem "ADHD" misses complex underlying concerns that may go unaddressed when children are silenced with medication.

Parenting With Authority vs Authoritarian Parenting

Being present and setting effective limits in a way that promotes healthy development comes naturally when parents can feel heard and supported