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Child Development

We all want our children to grow up happy and healthy. The reality is most all of them do — but at vastly different rates. Experts across Mayo Clinic Health System see thousands of children each year, and have the experience and resources to know what is normal and what may be cause for closer observation. This includes not only physical and motor skills development, but psychological and social skill advancement.


Youth & Family Programs

Mental health issues in adolescents were on the rise before the COVID-19 pandemic, but now professionals are seeing clinically elevated depression and anxiety symptoms at a rate double pre-pandemic levels. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning of an accelerating mental health crisis among adolescents, with more than 4 in 10 teens reporting that they feel "persistently sad or hopeless" and 1 in 5 saying they have contemplated suicide.

Together, parents and youth are invited to learn more about managing depression, anger and anxiety. Join Janice Schreier, a Mayo Clinic Health System clinical therapist, as she presents a combination of life skills that when practiced together have a therapeutic impact on youth mental health.

When you register, you will receive an email with a link that gives you access to the webinar using Zoom. Check your junk mail if you don't receive this email.

Click on the link a few minutes before the start of the webinar. Sometimes technical issues can occur when joining a virtual webinar. If you cannot connect using Zoom, you can call the phone number in your confirmation email to listen to the webinar. Calling rates apply.

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Maegen Storm CNP By Maegen Storm May 12, 2021
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Infants have mental health needs, too

The mental health of infants is as important as physical health. Early intervention is essential to preventing mental health disorders. Learn about warning signs and when to seek help.

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6 tips to reduce children's screen time

Children are on screens during the school day more than ever because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are 6 tips to help trim screen time when they're not in school.

Madhan Prabhakaran MD By Madhan Prabhakaran February 26, 2021
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Kids in the kitchen: Early involvement yields oodles of fun

Exposing kids to cooking and baking can lead to good habits and family memories. Here's some tips to help parents get kids in the kitchen.

Amanda Halls, R.D.N., L.D. By Amanda Halls December 23, 2020
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Social media risks: Tips to keep your children safe

Social media is a fun, easy way for kids to connect with friends. Because younger kids are joining in, it's important to teach them that even though social media is fun to use, there also are risks. Learn how to keep your children safe on social media.

Karen Hall MS LPC By Karen Hall August 2, 2020
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Expand their food horizons: Get your kids in the kitchen

Getting kids in the kitchen and experimenting with new foods increases the chances they will eat whatever they prepare. Try these techniques to get them involved.

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