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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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.
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.
“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