Welcome to our blog.  We are hoping to connect with our families in a new way to address common questions and concerns. We hope you like it!

Healthy Holidays

With the days becoming shorter and the weather becoming colder, it’s easy to develop the winter blues. The holidays may also be a time that feels overwhelming to you. We want you to stay mentally healthy through the winter and through the holiday season! Here are a few activities to engage in to keep your spirits lifted. 
Posted: 11/23/2021 6:29:10 AM by Brandon Ervin

The Importance of Floor Time with Your Kids

Hi All! Megan here, the early childhood counselor with the Pediatric Associates! We all know that SpOoOoOky season is upon us and the imaginations of our young kiddos are blazing away with creativity, fun imagery, and play. Sooo … why not join them?!
Posted: 10/18/2021 8:38:38 AM by Charlie Cavallo

Reducing Stress

Hello! My name is Hannah and I’m a licensed professional clinical counselor at Pediatric Associates. You can find me at the Crestview Hills and Cold Spring offices! I am excited to share some information on the 10-20-10 rule for intentional interaction. It is no secret that 2021 has been stressful for everyone. According to the CDC children and adolescents are reporting higher levels of stress than ever before
Posted: 9/23/2021 6:34:30 AM by Brandon Ervin

Delta Variant and Masking

• Where we stand on the mandatory masking
• Does the vaccine work?
• Busting Myths
Posted: 8/11/2021 8:21:53 AM by Brandon Ervin

Stress Relief

Hello from PANK Behavioral Health Team!
This month we want to talk about stress relief.  We have all been feeling a bit more stressed lately with kids returning to school and relearning how to balance life.  Here are some suggestions for summer relaxation!
Posted: 4/16/2021 6:36:39 AM by Brandon Ervin

Covid FAQs Spring 2021

When will kids be eligible for the vaccine?
Is the vaccine safe for kids?
Does the vaccine cause fertility problems?
If I got COVID, should I still get the vaccine?
Does it matter which vaccine I get?
Do the mRNA vaccines “change your DNA”?
These vaccine reactions sound worse than the illness.  Isn’t it better to just get the illness?
Is this going to be like the flu shot where we need to get one yearly?
What about this blood clot concerns with the J&J and Astra-Zeneca vaccines?
Posted: 4/15/2021 6:07:30 AM by Brandon Ervin

Resources for Discussing Suicide

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teenagers which is why we take it very seriously.  However, talking about suicide can be a very uncomfortable conversation.  Here are some resources to help guide the discussion.  Feel free to always reach out to us for additional information/ guidance.

Posted: 3/17/2021 9:05:50 AM by Brandon Ervin

Ways to Connect With Your Teenager

We all know the teenage years can sometimes be a doozy.  Teens are constantly striving for independence away from their family unit and developing their own identity. Major life changes are happening as they prepare for adulthood and their self-esteem can often be affected.  As a parent it may feel like your relationship is disconnected, making it challenging to continue building healthy, positive interactions.  Our behavioral health team has put together a list of tips and tricks to help support quality connection and growth throughout these challenging teenage years.
Posted: 2/16/2021 6:02:08 AM by Brandon Ervin

Healthy Weight Awareness Month

January is healthy weight awareness month.  For a lot of us, it can be challenging to find the motivation to get moving in the middle of winter (and especially during a COVID winter).  However, it is vital that we keep our bodies moving to promote optimum physical and mental health.  Physical activity stimulates the release of proteins that cause nerve cells to grow and make new connections - improving overall brain function.  The result? It can make you feel better, as well as decrease symptoms of depression, anxiety, loneliness, and emotional dysregulation.
Posted: 1/19/2021 6:03:56 AM by Brandon Ervin

Why We Recommend the COVID 19 Vaccine

shot-(1).pngA lot of folks are asking us if we recommend the COVID 19 vaccine. The resounding answer is YES! This is our best way to get past the pandemic.  We are confident that the vaccines approved by the FDA are safe and effective.
Posted: 1/18/2021 6:52:37 AM by Brandon Ervin