People meditate (and people have been meditating for thousands of years) because of the myriad benefits associated with the practice. It can promote calmness and relaxation. It can increase your ability to cope with illness or adversity. It can help you connect with yourself and process emotions. It has been linked to numerous physical health benefits, too, like improving blood pressure, helping with insomnia, and fewer flare-ups for some chronic conditions, like ulcerative colitis, for people with those problems.
“To summarize the benefits would be a little futile,” says Jill Emanuele, PhD, senior director of the Mood Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute in New York City — because they are so numerous.
Traditionally, meditation is a spiritual practice that helps people better understand and connect with themselves and the world’s spiritual forces around them — and the purpose remains the same today, she explains.
“The biggest issue for most parents is that the shame that accompanies having a toddler tantrum in public pushes you to act instinctually and not in a way that is most effective. Tantrums have a function—they’re usually to escape something the child doesn’t want to do, attempt to persuade the parent to grant a tangible reward or privilege, or get attention,” says Dr. Dave Anderson, senior director of the Child Mind Institute.
Dr. Carrie Quinn, Executive Director of the Mount Sinai Parenting Center, and Dr. Harold Koplewicz, President of the Child Mind Institute, on the rise of #MentalHealth issues in children and the role of the pediatrician. #AspenIdeasHealth#AspenIdeas #LiveFromAspen
Can a Broadway musical actually help destigmatize and further the mental health conversation in our culture? The Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen has proven that the answer is yes – doing just that through sensitive storytelling on stage and the cast and crew's work with mental health not-for-profits off stage. In this panel, Dr. Harold Koplewicz, president and medical director of the Child Mind Institute, and Steven Levenson, the Tony Award-winning book writer of Dear Evan Hansen, discuss the delicate task of creating the characters in the musical and how they have helped further the dialogue about this important topic. The session also features a performance from Josh Strobl, a cast member seen in both the Broadway and Toronto productions of the musical. (Underwritten by American Hospital Association) Featuring: Harold Koplewicz, Amanda Mull, Josh Strobl, Steven Levenson This conversation was recorded during Aspen Ideas: Health in Aspen, Colorado. Presented by the Aspen Institute, the three-day event opens the Aspen Ideas Festival and features more than 200 speakers engaging with urgent health care challenges and exploring cutting-edge innovations in medicine and science.
The inside story of COPPA, a law from the early days of e-commerce that is shaping a generation and creating a parental minefield. “When we talk about teens in the early stages of adolescence, we’re talking about a brain that’s under construction,” said David Anderson, a child psychologist and senior director at the Child Mind Institute. “It’s not so much about how they’ll behave online, but whether they are ready for what they’re going to encounter. Social media opens up a very adult world.”
First things first: “Don’t panic,” said Stephanie Lee, Psy.D., senior director of the A.D.H.D. and Behavior Disorders Center at the nonprofit Child Mind Institute in Manhattan. Stay calm in the face of regressive behavior, because freaking out doesn’t help anyone. Then try to figure out what might be triggering the behavior. Could it be that your kid is going through a tough transition, or is experiencing a big routine change? Are you super-stressed and your kid is picking up on it? Or did your child maybe just accomplish a big developmental feat?
“It’s clear the school sees this child in a certain light,” said Mandi Silverman, senior director of the Autism Center at the Child Mind Institute. “I would be concerned that his needs are not acknowledged in a way that is supportive. The school sees the behaviors as something that should be stopped, rather than supported.”
“Communication skills development is key for many areas of life, and especially in the workforce,” says Alexandra Hamlet, Psy.D., at the Child Mind Institute in Manhattan. If your teen seems comfortable holding conversations with adults, and is able to express his thoughts clearly, those are good signs he’s ready to respond to that help-wanted post. Kids who are afraid to ask questions (and tend to pretend they know more than they do to avoid looking “stupid”) would likely do well to work on breaking those habits before taking a job.
A major challenge with tackling this topic is that there isn’t a clear, science-backed standard that says if your kid eats less than a certain number of foods — or engages in XYZ behaviors at XYZ age — he or she is a picky eater or selective eater, according to Dr. Stephanie Lee, senior director of the ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center with the Child Mind Institute.