Five tips to get started When it comes to getting your little one to brush his or her teeth, you may meet some resistance. Here are a few tips to help make the process easier for parent and child alike: Model good habits. Children love to mimic their parents, so stand side-by-side in front of…

by Conrad Beckles, L.M.H.C., PhD, Florida Clinical Research Center, LLC What are the Signs & Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)? It can sometimes be difficult for parents to recognize the signs and symptoms of ADHD in their teenager. There are three types of ADHD currently recognized; inattentive, hyperactive-impulsive, and combined, which combines inattentive…

by Rachel Thorpe, LCSW, DAPA, Gulf Coast Psychotherapy What is Psychotherapy? Psychotherapy is often confused with counseling but psychotherapy offers added components in addition to counseling.  Psychotherapy utilizes more in-depth assessment techniques with the goal of achieving long term change, symptom management, understanding effects of life stressors and developing/applying  long term skills. Psychotherapy encompasses a…

Did Mom Really Know Best? Vision Myths and Realities by Scott Silverman, M.D. Pediatric Ophthalmologist Eye Muscle Surgeon   Reading in dim light hurts your eyes. False. Hard to read, but no damage. Sitting too close to TV/computer hurts your eyes. False.  Newer tv’s/computers pose minimal risk. If you cross your eyes they stay that…

by Maribel Santos-Cordero,DMD, Board Certified Pediatric Dentist, Dentistry for Children & Adolescents Why a Pediatric Dentist? Has your child ever begged you NOT to leave the dentist office? At Dentistry for Children and Adolescents we see it all the time.  We love children and it shows in the way we care about each patient.  Our…

by Lisa LaPresti,DMD, Pediatric Dental Specialist Sea of Smiles, Inc. Why are primary (“baby”) teeth important and if they have cavities, why can’t we just let them fall out instead of filling them? It is very important to maintain the health of the primary teeth.  Neglected cavities can and frequently do lead to problems which…

by, Shawn M. Stephens,M.D ., Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology University Park Obstetrics and Gynecology, LLC When and why should I see a Gynecologist? An obstetrician gynecologist is a doctor who specializes in the care of pregnant women as well as nonpregnant women from adolescence all the way through to the postmenopausal years. Many…

by Eric M. Folkens,M.D., FAAFP, Family Medicine Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch/Sarasota Urgent Care Walk-In Clinics What is a Walk-In/Urgent Care Clinic? A Walk-In/Urgent Care Clinic can help with ALL your Urgent Care needs including Sore Throats, Flu/Fever, Coughs & Colds, Urinary Infections, Nausea & Vomiting, Ear Aches, Sinus Infections, Lacerations, Sprains & Fractures, High Cholesterol, High Blood…

  by Dr. Nancy Baird, Licensed Psychologist When should I seek a family therapist? Knowing when to ask for help is the first step to resolving a problem  When it feels that “things are out of control” and all attempts to resolve the conflicts on your own seem to have failed, seeking help from a…

by Dr. Kameron Hodgens, PhD VP of Programs and Services, Easter Seals Southwest Florida Every year, more than one million young children with unidentified disabilities and delays enter school with learning and health issues that put them far behind their peers and have a lasting, negative effect on their ability to meet their full potential.…

Do you have an uninvited guest in your bed at night? Many parents of small children have unwittingly become a “co-sleeping family”: The kids sleep in the parents’ bed. Some parents value the family bed and sacrifice their independence to make it happen. However, if you are not in that camp and find yourself with…

New study finds connection as early as kindergarten! Obese children and teenagers face a slew of potential health problems as they get older, including an increased risk of diabetes, heart attacks, and certain cancers. As if that weren’t enough, obesity may harm young people’s long-term college and career prospects, as well. In recent years, an…

When your school isn’t making the grade By Clare O’Brien It’s tough for kids to change schools, especially mid-year. New friends to find, teachers to impress, the dreaded lunchroom and the playground are just among the few obstacles your child will face. But if it needs to be done, here are a few tips to…

Tips to beat the holiday stress beast by Kathryn Kvols Is your holiday season full of hustle and bustle? Getting presents, getting the right present, going from house to house, eating sweet Christmas goodies, staying up late, opening lots of presents and full of holiday excitement. Unfortunately, these are the makings for stress. Stress and…

Holiday Party Décor Tips When it comes to decking  the halls in advance of a holiday party, there’s nothing quite as festive as creating homemade decorations with the family. From handmade ornaments to shimmering trees, your party guests will catch that holiday spirit when they see the special décor created just for the event. To…

Ingredients: • 3 tabespoons unsalted butter, softened • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar • 2/3 cup heavy cream • 6oz. bittersweet chocolate baking sheet, lined with parchment   1. Put the butter, sugar, and cream in a saucepan over low heat. Leave until it comes to a boil and the sugar has melted. 2.…

Ingredients: • 8 small apples, eg Jazz, Macoun, or Pink Lady • 1 ½ cups sugar • 2 tablespoons corn syrup • Juice of ½ lemon • Finely chopped mixed nuts and edible sprinkles, for dipping (optional) • 8 sturdy wooden skewers   1. Wash and thoroughly dry each apple. Carefully push a wooden skewer…