The Center for Children and Families (CCF) is a multidisciplinary center committed to improving the lives of children, parents and families struggling with mental health concerns.
If you believe your child might be struggling, or if you're looking for general information on children's mental health, please call us at (305) 348-0477 to speak with a clinical staff therapist about the best program for you and your child.
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Most parents can't tell if their children are technically overweight. You've probably heard moms and dads describe their child as chubby or plump, but that he or she will "grow out of it." Experts say that attitude is dangerous, because it could doom a child to a lifetime of weight issues. That’s why professors at FIU's Center for Children and Families created the Hip to be Fit summer camp.
Therapy may provide lasting benefits throughout one’s life, but stimulants are only effective for the four to 12 hours that they remain in the body’s system, says William Pelham, director of the Center for Children and Families at Florida International University. “The guidelines recommend behavioral treatments and pharmacological treatments, but, in practice, typically medication is the first and only intervention,” he says. “And that’s what pediatricians are taught to do.”
Marijuana use has long-term effects when it comes to the brain’s reward center, according to a newly released study. The study – conducted in part by researchers at Florida International University – suggests users who smoke marijuana had less activity in the brain when it comes to feeling rewarded – something they believe could lead to harmful behaviors.