Never Assume: Getting to Know Children Before Labeling Them

Presented by Patricia McGuire, MD, FAAP on 05-09-2014 at 9 a.m. Pacific to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

Neuroscience and temperament research have provided new insights into child development and behavior. This new information, however, has not been widely incorporated into mental health counseling or parenting. This web conference will focus on the underpinnings that children are born with, and how these, along with their interactions among others in their world, will eventually mold and develop their personalities.

Conference participants will be introduced to the nine traits of temperament that influence how children interact and respond to the world around them. Discussion will include risks of mental health disorders based on temperament traits. The temperament model used will be that of Dr. Chess and Dr. Thomas, from their New York Longitudinal Study.

In addition, participants will learn more about the six neurodevelopmental disorders, as listed in the DSM-5, that affect one in six children. We will evaluate how the interaction of temperamental and neurodevelopmental traits affect social and emotional interactions with others that may lead to the mislabeling of a child's actions in a negative light.

Finally, the presentation will include discussion on how to approach children in order to help them be successful in their home and community.

This web conference is beginning instructional level and designed to help clinicians:

  1. Explain the nine different traits of temperament, based on the work of Dr. Chess and Dr. Thomas;
  2. List the six neurodevelopmental disorders, including how they can co-exist in a child;
  3. Discuss with parents the risk factors of temperament traits leading to mental health disorders, such as ADHD and anxiety;
  4. Develop goals of intervention that incorporate any underpinning issues of neurodevelopmental disorders and temperament traits that may result in problem interactions.

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Event Reviews from Members

"Dr. McGuire was personable, knowledgeable, and presented information that was practical for conceptualizing therapeutic interventions with children." - Catherine Gruener, LCPC, NCC

"Dr. McGuire made the material much more accessible for me. This is very important information." - Audrie L. Meyer, LMFT

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So before we understand temperament and its role with neurodevelopmental disorders and its role with interactions in the environment, if we see a child that is not doing what we want, we give them a lot of negative labels. You know, we call them careless, unmotivated, maybe even dumb, lazy. You know, or the anxious child is the needy child, they're attention-seeking. And we say stuff that, "If only he would try harder; if only he would apply himself." And this doesn't help the child at all. It makes them defensive, it makes them see themselves as less than lovable. - Patricia McGuire, MD, FAAP

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Patricia McGuire, MD, FAAP

Patricia McGuire, MD, FAAP

Dr. McGuire is a developmental and behavioral pediatrician with over 30 years of experience working with developmentally and behaviorally challenged children and adolescents. She has been actively involved with local, state, and national organizations to advocate for children to be understood and receive the services needed to help them reach their potential. Since 2001, Dr. McGuire has expanded her mission to support children by speaking locally and nationally.

Dr. McGuire has conducted workshops for childcare providers, teachers, parents, and professionals, and she developed a DVD-seminar entitled, "Autism: Current Perspectives and Future Outlook." Dr. McGuire writes regular posts on her blog, The Pediatric Profiler, and she is the author of the book Never Assume: Getting To Know Children Before Labeling Them, which is available in traditional or e-book format. For more information about Dr. McGuire and her work, please visit

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