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Prenatal Exposure to Air Pollution Linked to Autism Risk, Study Says

airpollution autism310Prenatal exposure to ambient air pollution was associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder, a new study finds. Pregnant women in Vancouver who were exposed to the highest level of environmental nitric oxide, an airborne, traffic-related pollutant, were more likely to give birth to children later diagnosed with autism, the researchers say. Read more »


Transgender Suicide: How This LGBT Person Copes with Suicidal Thoughts

lgbtqq308When Shear Avory was a child, they’d look out the window and hope. For the bullying to stop. For conversion therapy to end. For Mom.

“I was constantly in a space of being unaccepted, unwelcomed and put down,” said Avory, who identifies as transgender and uses the personal identity pronouns they/them/theirs. “I think from those experiences, I’ve always held on to hope. … I had nothing else to rely on.” Read more »


If You’ve Ever Had Suicidal Thoughts, Make a Safety Plan [video]

suicidesafetyplan307If you could write something down that might one day save your life, would you?

A study published in JAMA Psychiatry in September found that when patients who visited the emergency department for suicide-related concerns were given a safety plan at discharge as well as follow-up phone calls, it reduced the odds of suicidal behavior by half. Read more »


Suicide Prevention: Self-Care Tips

selfcare306A common misconception about suicide is that suicidal thoughts are uncommon and suicidal attempts signal that a person cannot be helped. This simply is not true. Read more »


Just a Thought: Teens’ Reflections on Anxiety and Depression [video]

In this panel discussion moderated by CHC’s Senior Engagement Manager for Community Connections, Christine Wang, teens share their thoughts and perspectives about anxiety and mental health. The discussion is followed by a Q & A session with the teen panelists. Read more »


The Un-Tech Gift Guide for Kids with ADHD

blocks301For the 2018 holiday season, ADDitude Magazine has published The Un-Tech Gift Guide for Kids with ADHD with 18 low-tech gift ideas that “will delight and entertain even the most busy, creative, curious children.” Read more »

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When Kids Can’t Read: Word Attack Skills for Struggling Readers [presentation] [video]

In this community education session for educators, Lisa Parnello discusses how to identify a student with word attack struggles and offers helpful strategies that can make them a more successful reader. This class includes easy-to-implement methods to help students with and without learning differences to become better readers. Read more »


Empoderar a los Niños Promoviendo la Autogestión (Empowering Kids and Promoting Independence) [presentation]

Esta presentación le ayuda a identificar los obstáculos que pueden estar evitando que su hijo/hija sea más independiente. Aprende estrategias prácticas para ayudar a su hijo/hija a sentirse más seguro/a y actuar de manera más independiente. Read more »


Why Is My Teen Always Tired? Nutritional Strategies for Improving Mood, Energy and Academics [video] [downloadable]

Does your teen always seem to be tired? Learn about the nutritional causes for low energy and fatigue in adolescents. Presented by Wendy Sterling, MS, RD, CSSD, Registered Dietitian, Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics and Signe Darpinian, LMFT, Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, co-authors of No Weigh! A Teen’s Guide to Positive Body Image, Food and Emotional Wisdom. Read more »


American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Depression Resource Center [web resource]

depression289Some children and adolescents experience symptoms that are beyond the range of normal sadness. Depression can be diagnosed when feelings of sadness or irritability persist and interfere with a child or adolescent’s ability to function. About 5 percent of children and adolescents in the general population suffer from depression at any given point in time. Read more »

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