Discussion Questions

  1. Encopresis can be very frustrating for parents and embarrassing for children. Given how emotionally charged this can be, what steps would you recommend for parents to eliminate encopresis? What would you tell them to not do?

  2. Imagine that parents approached you with concerns about their child’s dreams. What questions would you ask to distinguish sleep terrors from nightmares? If the dreams are night terrors, what steps would you recommend to the parents?

  3. Children with asthma are frequently non-compliant with treatment recommendations. Some of this is due to lifestyle changes required of the children or their parents (cessation of smoking, for example). Given what you know about behavioral interventions, brainstorm some ways to improve treatment adherence in children with asthma.

  4. Pediatric psychologists often work in hospital settings with children with chronic illnesses. Sometimes families resist their intervention because “it is not in our heads!” How might the hospital staff (both the psychologist and others) address this concern so that people can take advantage of the very real assistance offered by pediatric psychologists?