2016 - DCAP in the News


Top Tips for Smart Snacks

By: Bridget Murphy, MS, RDN, CDN

Regular meal planning and prep can be enough of a challenge for a family of picky eaters with a variety of food preferences and opinions. So hearing the “I’m hungry” complaint right after school can strike anxiety into even the most level-headed parents and caregivers. It’s easy to just throw in the towel and give kids the crowd pleasers – cookies, pretzels, chips, etc. etc. But... Read more.


Tips to Support Your Child or Adolescent After a Traumatic Event

By: Christina Laitner, PhD

Viewing broadcasts about terrible events can be upsetting and confusing for your children. Parents (and other caretaking adults) are an important source of support for children trying to process and understand the media coverage and conversations surrounding these events. Below are guidelines andf... Read more.

The Benefits of Behavior Therapy for Children with ADHD

by Richard Gallagher, PhD

First, it turns out that behavior therapy is as effective as medication, but without the side effects. And second, behavior therapy training for parents may avert the need for medication entirely... Read more.

How to Talk to Kids About Gender and Sexuality

By Aron C. Janssen, MD

One of the tasks of growing up is discovering who you are and what that means about what you like and who you like.  Read more.



The Need to Succeed

Many children, especially in our increasingly competitive society, grow up with one overarching and hugely unrealistic expectation of themselves: to be perfect.  This pursuit of perfection is typically most apparent in school. “Perfect” students are rewarded for ... Read more.

Parental Self-Care: Making Time for Yourself

by Ered Massie, LCSW, ACSW

We’ve all heard the announcement as we’re settling into our seats for takeoff: “If oxygen is required, put on your own mask before assisting others.” Logically, this makes sense, but emotionally, it’s... Read more.

You Don’t Understand! The Power of Validation

by Randi Pochtar, PhD

We’ve all experienced frustration when our children, our spouses, our colleagues or our friends minimize our concerns or tune us out. When they are so busy glancing at their iPhones or thinking of what to say next that they don’t really listen. And most of us are... Read more.


Is This Really True? How to Use Information to Be a Powerful Advocate for Your Child

by Christina Di Bartolo, LMSW

Never before have parents seeking a better understanding of their children’s mental health diagnoses had so much information at their fingertips. Some want more certainty than is available—many unanswered questions remain about mental health—and the internet fills this urge with ease. Google “autism” or “ADHD,” and... Read more.

Safety First: Teaching Safety Skills to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

by Rebecca Doggett, PhD

If you have a child with autism, you know that safety skills are a primary concern. Your child can encounter situations every day—like crossing the street—that might pose a risk, or they might engage in dangerous behaviors such as wandering. It can be hard to know where to... Read more.

4 Tips to Help Kids Handle Intense Emotions

by Rebecca R. Berry, PhD

One minute, your daughter is copying letters of the alphabet in her kindergarten workbook, and the next she’s screaming and throwing her pencil because she didn’t get her lower-case “d” just right. Or, your... Read more.


Your Child Has Autism: Now What?

by Sarah Kern, LCSW

The challenges seem overwhelming at first, but you don’t have to face them alone. With so much going on, it can be hard to know where to start. You are beginning your journey as your child’s advocate, and will need to identify the resources you need as soon as possible. Read more.

Parenting Teenagers: How to Talk to Your Teen About a Suicide

by Victoria Libby, PsyD, Adam Brown, PsyD, Timothy Kreider, MD, and Christina Laitner, PhD

Suicide is a devastating event with deep and long-lasting repercussions among families and communities. As much as parents would prefer to insulate their children from such tragedies, suicide is the third leading cause of death among young persons aged 10-24 (CDC, 2015). Read more.

Simple Strategies to Conquer Bedtime Battles

by Stephanie Wagner, PhD

Many parents of preschoolers are all too familiar with their child’s curtain calls; the requests for an extra hug, kiss, story, and water are typical in children ages 3-5. The good news is that bedtime problems are common and respond well to specific strategies. Read more.


Kicking Old Habits

by Michelle R. Miller, PsyD

For some people, including children, they can develop different behaviors that are highly ingrained, frequent, and repetitive.  Conditions like trichotillomania, where an individual compulsively pulls out their hair, and tic disorders like Tourette’s Disorder are examples of highly ingrained behaviors with a neurological basis.  However, there are several... Read more.

Fun, Friends, and the ADHD Camper

by Karen Fleiss, PsyD

It’s more complicated for parents of children with ADHD. Their kids can find making friends, playing team sports and behaving appropriately—the hallmarks of a successful summer camp experience—challenging. Asking the camp directors and veteran parents the right questions can... Read more.

The Art of Arguing: Tips for Handling Parental Conflict around Your Kids

by Andrew Roffman, LCSW

All parents (or anyone in a primary caretaking role) argue, and all children learn a lot about how to manage disagreements from hearing and observing their parents. This is simply a fact about family life and childhood. Finding time and space to deal directly with... Read more.


Parenting in the Digital Age

by Douglas Brodam, PhD

The world may be new, but the problems are not. Setting clear expectations for your child’s internet use, ahead of time, is a necessity. But, you need to learn what they are doing before you can set proper boundaries! For example, if your child were to play in the neighborhood, you would want to... Read more.

Like Mother, Like Daughter

One of the biggest challenges of parenthood is deciding when to let your child take risks and when to be protective. Watching a kid climb a tree or ride a skateboard can be nerve-racking. How do you keep him from breaking his neck without undermining his confidence and independence? Read more.

Seasonal Affective Disorder: Help Kids Beat the Winter Blues

Winter can be a long season. The cold temperatures and shorter days can mean spending more time indoors. While people react to the winter months in many ways, approximately 6 percent of the population suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It is a form of depression that follows a... Read more.