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 »


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 »


May Is Mental Health Month… With One More School Shooting

Source of graph: Wikipedia, 2018 Preventing Violence and Helping Children Cope with Trauma It is with great sorrow that we share our condolences with the families and community of Santa Fe High School. No one can doubt that school shootings are now an epidemic in the U.S., with an average of one school shooting every week… Read more »


Helping Kids Cope With The Trauma of School Gun Violence

Photograph Source: Wikimedia Commons The recent school gun shootings in Florida and Maryland continue to remind us of the critical need to take action to process the trauma with our children and to protect our children in schools. Children’s exposure to gun violence is a primary national health care crisis, and the American Academy of… Read more »


Support Kids Impacted by the Las Vegas Mass Shooting

Our deepest sympathies go out to the family members who were impacted in the horrific Las Vegas mass shooting. As a nation, we must come together to support the families and the communities affected. It is also critical that we not forget the youngest and most vulnerable members of our community – our kids. Hundreds… Read more »


Kids Psychologically Recover From the Disastrous Hurricanes

Photograph Credit: Hill Air Force Base Safety, food, shelter and medical care Helping kids psychologically recover from the impact of the natural disasters that have hit the United States and its territories, along with the Caribbean islands is complicated. This article provides tips and books to help kids psychologically recover from the disastrous hurricanes. Many… Read more »


One In Four U.S. Children Are Exposed To Weapon Violence

Brain Blogger published an article today, authored by Dr. Maker, highlighting how one in four U.S. children are exposed to weapon violence. The article describes an important study published in Pediatrics that reported that over 17.5 million (or 1 in 4) school-aged children in the United States have been exposed to weapon violence in their lifetime, as either… Read more »


Teaching Kids the Difference Between Prejudice & Respect

A twelve-year old girl tells me she does not want to start her new middle school next week. This is because she fears being teased for being Latina-American. I believe her… she has been struggling with name-calling and rejection for the past six months in elementary school, as have been many other children. As children… Read more »


Help The Kid Witnesses of the Alexandria Attack

Our heartfelt sympathies and thoughts are with the families who survived and witnessed the Alexandria attack last week. As we know, children were playing in the playground nearby when the attack occurred. We can help the kid witnesses of the Alexandria attack in many ways. Parents, teachers, counselors and other caretakers can talk to the… Read more »