Author Archives: Lauren E. Maltby

The Healthy Sex Talk: Teaching Consent to Children Of All Ages

Found this fantastic article this morning with clear and concise tips (and examples!) for parents about how to teach children of all ages about consent and body rights. I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to pass it along!

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Whip ‘Em Out!

Some close friends of mine have recently begun or recently finished nursing their new infants, so I’ve been thinking lately about the importance of breastfeeding. And wouldn’t you know, August is national breastfeeding month!  Although it’s not here yet, there are … Continue reading

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For Parents and Providers: Understanding Postpartum Depression

I’m always on the prowl for helpful books and resources to offer parents and providers, and I just came across PsychCentral’s review of the book, “Beyond the Blues: Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression” by Shoshana Bennett, Ph.D., and … Continue reading

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For Providers: Assessing Posttraumatic Play

As a psychologist-in-training specializing in child trauma, I am constantly looking for reliable ways to assess posttraumatic symptomology, especially in young children who often cannot report their symptoms to adults.  Children express distress differently than adults; even the DSM-IV-TR acknowledges … Continue reading

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For Parents: Identifying Problematic Play

In my practice working with parents of child trauma survivors, the issue of posttraumatic play often arises.  Parents sometimes don’t understand what posttraumatic play is.  Some of the questions I’ve heard include: “When my child plays “doctor” with his or … Continue reading

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Upcoming Speaking Engagement

Wondering how to blend play therapy and evidence-based therapies in treatment and assessment?  Come hear me speak about it at the Southern California regional conference of the California Association for Pay Therapy on March 11 and 12 in Rancho Cucamonga.

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Advocacy Opportunity: End Human Trafficking

Over 30 million people are enslaved in the world today.  Many of these are children. The advocacy group, Not For Sale, is a fantastic resource for gaining information about human trafficking and modern-day slavery.  Additionally, Not For Sale is hosting … Continue reading

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The Recession’s Impact on Children

Novotney, A. (2010).  The Recession’s Toll on Children.  Monitor on Psychology, 41(8), 43-43-46. In the most recent issue of Monitor on Psychology, Novotney summarizes research on the outcomes of low-income environments on children’s cognitive development.  She goes on to detail … Continue reading

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The Birds and The Bees…

A lot of parents wonder how to have the (often dreaded) sex talk.  When is the right time?  What do I say?  I feel weird talking about something so mature with my child!  These are very common fears and questions. … Continue reading

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Part II: A Guide to Juvenile Dependence Proceedings

In Part I of this post, I gave a general description of the legal process following a child’s removal from the home due to allegations of abuse or neglect.  If you are caring for a child who is a dependent … Continue reading

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