Scott A. Roth, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist

Read some of Dr. Roth’s Thoughts on Children and Technology

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The Bully Cycle and the Vulnerable

Intuitively it makes sense.  Those with disabilities are more likely to be bullied than their general education peers; however, a recent study published in the Journal of School Psychology found that those with disabilities are also more likely to be the perpetrators of bullying than their general education peers.  The authors hypothesized that this cycle of bullying begins with the victimization of the student with […]

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When to contact your child’s school

I am not sure how often my parents contacted my school when I was growing up.  I think that they had a sense of trust in the institution of public education that the professionals had a firm understanding of how to best educate me and also had my best interest at heart.  I think that my parents also a firm understanding that part of instilling […]

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“But He Doesn’t Act That Way at Home (School)”

Human beings do not exist in bubble. We are adaptable and highly contextual beings. We exist in dyads, family systems, school systems, work systems (and an infinite amount of other systems). With that being said, it is no wonder that I often hear parents speak of their child’s school behavior and state “we never see those behaviors at home.” I also hear parents pleading with […]

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Reward Process, not Product.

behavior, behavior modification, rewards

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Are America’s Schools Failing?

It seems as though the media has latched on to the meme of America’s failing public education system.  Yes, we are lagging in many indicator; however, the glaring truth is that failing schools are much more likely to exist in poor communities.  Maybe America can learn a lesson from some of our European friends.  In Finland, schools do not compete with each other for funding […]

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Dr. Roth is now on Twitter

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Divorce: Some Thoughts

I am heartened when I meet with divorcing or separating parents that seek consultation with me to review appropriate methods of parenting during divorce. These parents show a level of thoughtfulness and care that many divorcing parents are not able to access due to the chaos and overwhelming emotion that often surround this type of transition.

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Text Messaging, Chatting, Social Networking and Your Child

I now know why my parents and the parents of my peers were concerned about allowing me to walk around a mall without adult supervision during my late childhood and early adolescence.  Truth be told, they understood what a child of this age was developmentally ready to navigate and the mall was not one of these things.  Today’s parents are faced with more significant challenges.  […]

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How Families Communicate

Many of the families that come to see me enter treatment with a child or adolescent as the identified patient.  It is true that the child is often of the most significant symptom bearer when there is stress within the family system; however, the therapeutic gains with the child often occur when changes in the family system take place.  When family stress occurs, a triangle […]

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