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Even when children take drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) they may still have a hard time succeeding in school, and girls may struggle more than boys, a recent study suggests. “Childhood ADHD leads to a host of negative outcomes later in life, and interventions that help with the three major domains that predict later functioning - parenting, peer relationships, and academic success - need to be used,” said Dr. Pelham.

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School’s out for summer! Almost. That means kids (and their parents) are getting ready to dive into summer fun and find the perfect summer camp. FIU is your destination. From theatre camps to environmental science camps, you’re sure to find an enjoyable and educational camp for your child.

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“Although they shouldn’t just write a quick prescription, it’s hard to do more when they only see a child for a few minutes at a well visit,” says psychologist William Pelham, Ph.D., director of the Center for Children and Families at Florida International University, in Miami. “Medication changes a child’s behavior within 30 minutes of taking the pill,” explains Dr. Pelham. But when the dose wears off four to 12 hours later, the behavior goes right back to the way it was before. Says Dr. Pelham

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Margaret Sibley, a licensed clinical psychologist and an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral health at the Florida International University Center for Children and Families, who is also a co-author of both studies, says there’s “probably a 50-50 chance that childhood symptoms will continue to be severe enough to meet ADHD criteria as an adult.”

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With current patient privacy and physician licensing laws, health care providers cannot speak to patients through videoconference therapy outside of their state of licensure. As a result, OCD patients are forced to find new providers when they leave the state. Dr. Jonathan S. Comer, Florida International University professor of psychology and psychiatry and the director of Mental Health Interventions and Technology, said the potential benefits of videoconferencing outweigh those issues.

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Psychologist Bethany Reeb-Sutherland never lets anything get in the way of helping those who depend on her. Not even cancer. Mother. Wife. Educator. Mentor. Researcher. She navigates each relationship with a calm, quiet demeanor that can be deceiving. Under her gentle exterior is a strength of will and loyalty that is unwavering.

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According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five children nationwide suffers from a mental health disorder. The most common is ADHD. The Center for Children and Families at FIU is committed to improving the lives of those affected by mental health problems, like ADHD.

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Nearly 500 mental health professionals from all across the world recently convened in Miami for the Miami International Child & Adolescent Mental Health (MICAMH) Conference hosted by the FIU Center for Children and Families. Researchers presented the latest findings for child mental health problems including ADHD, anxiety, autism, suicide and depression, trauma and obsessive compulsive disorder.

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"The most important way to prevent tantrums is to praise your toddler when he or she remains calm in a situation that typically leads to a tantrum," shares Daniel M. Bagner, PhD, associate professor of psychology at Florida International University. This way your child knows what behavior is expected to them and will come to emulate it in order to recreate the praise they receive.

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On average, 11,636 babies are born every Valentine’s Day in the United States. For two-thirds of couples, this new addition causes increased conflict and an overall decline in the quality of their relationship. FIU psychologist Lisa Arango believes a way for a relationship to survive and thrive through a transition into parenthood is to identify the challenges that lie ahead and stay connected with your partner. She provides some tips on how to baby-proof your relationship.

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