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Child Medication Fact Book for Psychiatric Practice

The Child Medication Fact Book is a comprehensive reference guide covering all the important facts, from cost to pharmacokinetics, about the most commonly prescribed medications in child and adolescent psychiatry.

Sep 23rd, 2018
Carlat - Antipsychotics and Aggressive Children With ADHD

The TOSCA study focused on children with severe ADHD, who also met criteria for oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) or conduct disorder (CD). These children tend not to do as well with stimulants alone and often end up being prescribed antipsychotics, typi

Jul 15th, 2018
Carlat - Integrative Approach to Assessing ADHD

In this tip, excerpted from a past issue of the Carlat Child Psychiatry Report, Elizabeth Tien, MD, a child & adolescent psychiatrist at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, offers off-label advice on prescribing medications for children with PTSD. B

Jun 30th, 2018
Carlat - Managing Conflict Over Medication Consent

The following tips for overcoming conflict in the medication consent process were excerpted from an article I wrote for the May/June issue of the Carlat Child Psychiatry Report: If it’s not an emergency, take your time.

Jun 20th, 2018
Carlat - Calming Violent, Aggressive Patients

In many cases, it will be immediately clear when an aggressive patient needs to be sent to the ER, says Ruth Gerson, MD, Director at the Bellevue Hospital Children’s Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program in New York, NY. `

May 23rd, 2018
Carlat - Tips for Good Medication Practice

The following are some recommendations on good medication practice from child psychiatrist Mark Chenven, MD, who offered his expertise in the May/June issue of The Carlat Child Psychiatry Report.

May 6th, 2018
Autism and Medication with Dr. Joshua Feder

Last December, we spoke with ​Dr. Joshua Feder about ​repetition in autism therapy​. He returns today to speak with us from his practice in Solana Beach, California about autism and medication.

Apr 22nd, 2018
Helping Children To Tell Us About Their Experience

There are some ways to help you assess the type of anxiety that leads to inattention. Consider the following tips, which we’ve excerpted from an article in the March/April issue of the Carlat Child Psychiatry Report newsletter:

Apr 8th, 2018
Carlat - Treating Binge Eating Disorders

In a past issue of the Carlat Child Psychiatry Report, Sara Weekly, MD, child and adolescent psychiatrist and clinical assistant professor at New York University School of Medicine, gave the following advice on BED treatment strategies:

Mar 12th, 2018
Carlat - Understanding Study Types and Methodology

In a past article from The Carlat Psychiatry Report, Joshua Sonkiss, MD, Medical Director for Fairbanks Community Mental Health Services and Boys and Girls Home of Alaska in Fairbanks, reviewed and explained the different types of study designs.

Feb 5th, 2018
Helping Kids with Problem Behaviors in School

All behavior is a code that a child uses to communicate, says Jessica Minahan, a board-certified behavior analyst and special educator, who co-authored The Behavior Code Companion. “Bad behavior” is often cloaked anxiety, and we can support education profe

Dec 30th, 2017
Grant Rants: Building Better Research

Most of the research I review is flawed. It’s not so hard to build a decent design. So I made a 21 frame cartoon to help people. While it’s written for NFAR*, the ideas are universal. The link and a sample frame are below. Hope you like it! www.nfar.org/im

Aug 23rd, 2017
Unpacking Tantrums

In the April 2017 Journal of Developmental and Physical Disability, Mayes et. al, published an article entitled: Tantrums are Not Associated with Speech or Language. This research is important from clinical, research as well as advocacy perspectives.

Jul 16th, 2017
Let’s be famous

We don’t really want to be bothered by paparazzi. But as it turns out, if we want to leave something useful behind, we probably need to say something meaningful, do that well so that many people hear us, and, of course, still pay the bills.

Feb 14th, 2016
A Pause During Battle: Tech Play

A Pause During Battle: Tech Play Engaged in a pitched battle, our rag tag DIR/Floortime Coaliton of California, fighting hard for the rights of families to have access to all evidence based approaches, including developmental ones, is pitted against an arr

May 3rd, 2015
Evidence Based Practice – An Overview

Evidence Based Practice – An Overview Defining Evidence Based Practice: Evidence Based Practice (EBP) is a process for making better clinical treatment decisions. In EBP we consider relevant research about a condition and think about what might be useful

Apr 19th, 2015
Quick help for mental health crises

It’s not uncommon: a patient or family member is in severe distress and we need to figure out what to do and find resources right away.

Apr 11th, 2015
Click (& Meditate) to Advocate!

You may have noticed that when we post, Barbara Kalmanson and I are giving you links to our own websites, sometimes with more links to click for added resources.

Apr 9th, 2015
Advocating for Evidence Based Practices in ASD

Advocating for Evidence Based Practices in Autism Spectrum Disorder Our UCSD Autism Research Seminar this morning featured Connie Wong PhD, first author on the report Evidence Based Practices for Children, Youth, and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disor

Mar 24th, 2015
Recognizing Hate

I am deeply troubled by the problem of helping people understand the existence of hate and brutality of totalitarian regimes and intolerant despots.

Mar 21st, 2015
Profectum Success!

We just finished the Profectum conference in Pasadena, which was really great in so many ways including a big boost for advocacy for Parent Choice for Evidence Based Practices.

Mar 16th, 2015