Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families

Welcome to a new format to assist Vermont primary care clinicians and the general community to access new and quality information to help improve child mental health assessment and treatment.  We know the problem all too well:  emotional and behavioral problems are extremely common, affecting at least 1 in 5 children.  Vermont like every other […]

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CDC Launches New Website on Parenting of Young Children

by Allison Hall, MD Principals of good parenting like paying attention to positive behavior and using time out may sound easy but can be difficult to put into practice.   The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has recently created a website on parenting young children with some excellent explanations, useful forms such as schedules and charts […]

Study Finds Link Between In-Utero Acetaminophen Use and Child ADHD

A recent study in JAMA Pediatrics caused quite a bit of a stir in finding a possible link between acetaminophen taken during pregnancy and later childhood ADHD.   Acetaminophen has been one of the few medications that has been thought to be pretty safe to use during pregnancy and thus has been the “go to” […]

Next Child Psychiatry in Primary Care Conference Friday, May 30

Please mark your calendars to attend the 8th annual Child Psychiatry in Primary Care conference to be held Friday May 30, 2014 at the Doubletree Hotel in South Burlington, Vermont.  It promises to be another captivating and practically useful event for primary care clinicians, mental health professionals, and educators. We plan to have our usual […]

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AAP Releases New Child Media Guidelines

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently published an updated policy statement paper on recommended limits for media usage in kids.  The new report is designed to incorporate the increase of “new media” devices such as mobile phones and computers that are making up an increasingly larger portion of the total time. The trends necessitate […]

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Parent Training Rated as First Line Treatment for Preschool ADHD

Recent practice guideline from the American Academy of Pediatrics now include a recommendation for assessment and intervention for ADHD before they begin elementary school, but many clinicians are unsure about exactly what treatment to recommend.  A recent paper sponsored by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and published in the the journal JAMA […]

Talking About Obesity in the Age of Eating Disorders

A common issue that comes up as parents and clinicians try to help adolescents avoid both eating disorders and obesity is the concern that a conversation about obesity with a child might trigger eating disorder behaviors.  The dilemma leads to a lot of discomfort as to the best way to have this conversation, if at […]

Early Puberty Plus Temperament Linked to Adolescent Anxiety and Depression

The onset of puberty has been occurring earlier for unclear reasons.  Furthermore, a relatively early puberty onset has been associated with internalizing symptoms such as anxiety and depression, especially for girls.  A new study from the journal Development and Psychopathology tests the idea that the effect of this phenomenon may depend on individual attributes such […]

A Note About Our Clinic Waitlist

As of early July, the waitlist for new patients and families wishing to be seen by any one of our clinicians for an initial Pediatric Psychiatry Evaluation is about 6 weeks, once we have received the completed packet of rating scales and questionnaires. While any delay for a family in need can feel unacceptably long, […]

Post-Irene Book Children, Trauma, and the Arts Distributed Across Vermont

The book Children, Trauma, and Arts, a collaborative project  between the Vermont Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Arts Bus Project was released last week.  The Arts Bus travels from town to town, providing children opportunities to participate in art, theater, and music.  After tropical storm Irene, the bus visited several […]