Mindfulness Helps Kids Cope

Mindfulness Helps Kids Cope Tips on mindfulness from a 12-year-old boy. Mindfulness is the conscious process of bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment, which one can develop through the practice of meditation and other effective tools. Mindfulness trains you to develop moment-by-moment awareness of mental, emotional, and physical events and states of being. By allowing… Read more »


Grieving the Loss of a Child: Explaining the Loss to Kids

Grieving the pregnancy loss of a child is complicated, especially for siblings. A 4-year-old girl is participating in circle time in preschool. As her turn comes to share her weekend news, she innocently says, “We went to visit my dead brother in the graveyard. He died when he was born. I put flowers for him… Read more »


Equine Assisted Therapy: A Unique and Effective Intervention

There is increasing recognition and integration of Equine Assisted Therapy in the traditional mental health field. Growing evidence supports the effectiveness of treatment with horses in a therapeutic environment. Studies have resulted in a body of literature supporting the therapeutic value of the human-animal interaction. Equine Assisted Therapy can help adults and children with depression, anxiety, ADHD, conduct disorders, addiction, trauma, eating disorders, spectrum and… Read more »


Inside Edition invites Dr. Maker to comment on pranks on kids.

https://www.insideedition.com/media/videos/did-cole-and-sav-take-april-fools-prank-too-far-51923 Young kids need stability, predictability, and safety in order to thrive. Trust and secure attachment are critical foundations of healthy child development, and should be a primary focus of parenting. This video invites us to reflect on the impact of certain pranks on young children’s emotional well being, and how distressing pranks may be… Read more »


USA Today Interviews Dr. Maker on School Shooting Drills

“Teachers at an Indiana elementary school were left bruised, bleeding and frightened after being shot “execution style” with plastic pellets during an active-shooter training exercise in January”, according to the Indiana State Teachers Association. According to USA Today, “lockdown drills have been around for decades, but as fear of school shootings has intensified, they have… Read more »


Divorce and Anxiety in Children and Teens

Divorce can be a significant life stressor for children and teens that can trigger anxiety in multiple ways. Children are resilient and the research indicates that most children of divorce fare well. Nevertheless, even healthy, typical divorces can lend themselves to heightened anxiety because of the a major life transition. Moving homes, changing schools, shuttling… Read more »


Teen Suicide: Awareness, Risks, and Prevention

We express our deepest sympathies to the families who recently lost their teenagers to suicides in San Diego. There have been 3 suicides and 1 attempt in the last one month in high schools within a 5 mile radius. The community is shocked and grieving with the families, and parents, clinicians, and educators are working hard to map… Read more »


The Perils of Perfectionism In Kids and Teens

Perfectionism in Kids and Teens: Dr. Naecker provides expert research and tips on healthy achievement. In today’s busy world, children and teens are chronically juggling the demands of academics, sports, friendships, social media, family, and extra-curricular activities. The expectation and need to excel in multiple domains can be enormously taxing for children and adolescents, lending… Read more »


Screen Time: The Impact on Kids and Parenting

Parents often worry about the amount of time their child is spending on electronics and how it is affecting their social skills, motivation, attention, emotional regulation, and neurological functioning. Given the easy access to multiple modes of media (TV, ipads, computers, phones, etc.), electronics have become the “go to” in quiet moments. Screen time has… Read more »