Children’s HealthLink - Secrets of a Teenage Mind

Children’s HealthLink - Secrets of a Teenage Mind

Children’s HealthLink - Secrets of a Teenage Mind



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Posted on June 11, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 4 at 10:44 AM

Parents love their teens but they can be challenging.  In this KING 5 Children’s HealthLink Special, we hope to make parenting a little bit easier by sharing expert advice on how to raise happier, healthier kids.

We invited parents with sons and daughters, ranging in ages from 12 to 19, to ask questions and get guidance from a team of doctors at Seattle Children's.

  • Dr. Ray Hsiao is co-director of Seattle Children's Adolescent Substance Abuse Program.  His expertise is behavioral health, adolescent psychiatry and addiction medicine.
  • Dr Leslie Walker, Division Chief Of Adolescent Medicine.  Her specialties include chronic medical conditions, substance abuse, and depression.  She is the mother of a teenage daughter.
  • Dr. Cora Collette Bruener, Director Of Seattle Children's Eating Disorder and Biofeedback programs.  She focuses on sexual health, problems related to stress, and sports medicine. Her experience also includes parenting three teenagers of her own.

Armed with this expertise, our three doctors tackle issues ranging from mood swings to getting a good night’s sleep, which isn't easy for a teen to do when they are tuned into YouTube, Facebook and texting.

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• Noisy Planet:
o Noisy Planet is a National Institute of Health Web site with information about hearing, hearing loss and an educational program that can be used in schools.
• Etymotic Research, Inc. Adopt a Band Program:
o Etymotic Research, Inc. is a company that makes musician earplugs and earphones. They have a program called “Adopt-a-Band” whose objective is to promote awareness among young musicians, music educators and parents about the importance of protecting hearing.
• Sight and Hearing Association:
o This Website focuses on preventable causes of hearing and vision loss in children. It publishes a list of dangerously loud toys annually.
• H.E.A.R.:
o H.E.A.R.'s mission is the prevention of hearing loss and tinnitus among musicians and music fans (especially teens) through education awareness and grassroots outreach advocacy. H.E.A.R. (Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers) is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to raising awareness of the real dangers of repeated exposure to excessive noise levels from music which can lead to permanent, and sometimes debilitating, hearing loss and tinnitus. Damage from loud sound can occur from playing music, attending concerts, dance clubs, raves, using stereo earphones, playing amplified systems too loudly, or other noisy activities. They are a resource for musicians, DJs, sound engineers, music fans (especially teens) and anyone needing help with their hearing.

Mental, behavioral, or developmental disorders

• American Academy for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry:
o Between 7 and 12 Million American youth suffer from mental, behavioral, or developmental disorders at any given time. The AACAP (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) is the leading national professional medical association dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, and families affected by these disorders.

Substance Abuse

• National Institute on Drug Abuse:
o NIDA's mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.  This charge has two critical components.  The first is the strategic support and conduct of research across a broad range of disciplines.  The second is ensuring the rapid and effective dissemination and use of the results of that research to significantly improve prevention and treatment and to inform policy as it relates to drug abuse and addiction. 
• SAMA Foundation:
o SAMA is a privately funded non-profit organization based in Seattle, Washington with the goal of improving the management as well as the science of substance addiction. Realizing the gap in services for adolescents, their primary goals are to improve early detection and treatment of substance addictions, and to expand resources for the families of drug addicted teens. Through helping and empowering parents to recognize substance abuse early and assist in its treatment as soon as it is recognized, they hope to help teenagers avoid the disabling physical, emotional, and behavioral effects of substance addiction.

Sleep Medicine

• National Sleep Foundation:
o Alerting the public, healthcare providers and policymakers to the life-and-death importance of adequate sleep is central to the mission of NSF. NSF is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Americans who suffer from sleep problems and disorders. This means helping the public better understand the importance of sleep and the benefits of good sleep habits, and recognizing the signs of sleep problems so that they can be properly diagnosed and treated.


• Seattle Sports Concussion Program: &
o The program is a partnership among Seattle Children’s Harborview Medical Center, UW Medicine and Seattle Children's Hospital.
• CDC Website on Concussions Facts:


• The American Academy of Pediatrics “Lets Move in the Clinic” initiative:
o Let’s Move in the Clinic is an initiative to encourage health care providers to make a clinical commitment to measuring BMI and counseling patients about optimal nutrition and physical activity.
• Other Critical Adolescent Health Issues like Obesity:

Adolescent Sexuality

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