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About the Site

The PBS Parents Guide to Talking With Kids About Health delivers a unique combination of practical communication strategies and developmental insights, presented in an easy-to-use interactive format for parents and caregivers.

Please Note: This information in this Web site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your healthcare provider about diagnosing or treating health care problems.

This Web site is a co-production between Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) and Josh Daniel Productions.


Production Team:

About OPB:

OPB has produced major Web sites for, as well as enhanced-TV prototypes, books, and extensive promotion and education/outreach campaigns for PBS prime time programs. The following people worked on this site on behalf of OPB:

  • Marion Rice Ed. D., Executive Producer
  • John Kin, Web Developer
  • Deb Minkler, Illustrator
  • Antonieta Romero-Follette, Spanish Translator

About Josh Daniel Productions:

Josh Daniel, Executive Producer-Writer-Editor

With more than fifteen years of experience working in educational media, Josh Daniel has written, produced and edited Web sites, television documentaries and books for companies like PBS, Sesame Workshop, the United Nations, Scholastic, Time Warner and more. Credits include serving as executive producer-writer-editor for PBS Parents Guide to Talking With Kids About War & Violence, the senior editorial advisor to PBS Parents, writer/content developer for OPB's Children's Hospital Parent Center and senior online editor at Sesame Workshop. Parent-child communication has been a primary focus of Josh Daniel's work. His company also specializes in cross-platform strategic development. While working on the PBS Parents Guide to Talking With Kids About Health, he survived his eight-year-old daughter's broken ankle (for the 2nd time!) and his 4-year-old daughter's first long bout with the flu. And, he used every bit of advice the experts in this guide provided, time and time again!

Our Content Advisors:

The information in this Web site was researched and developed with input from an esteemed board of advisors. We wish to thank and gratefully acknowledge the following advisors to this project:

Primary Advisors

Dr. Elizabeth Goldman

The Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Elizabeth Goldman was also on staff at the college over 25 years, until she retired. Through the years at the College, she served as Director of Pediatric Home Care and as the Assistant Director of Inpatient Pediatric Services at Jacobi Hospital, where she co-ran the Pediatric ICU. In addition, Dr. Goldman developed training programs for medical students in pediatrics, internal medicine, and family medicine, designed to mentor students in basic principles of compassionate, family and patient oriented medical care.

Dr. Kathie Teets Grimm

Currently the Medical Director for the Children's Advocacy Center of Manhattan, Dr. Kathie Teets Grimm has been a practicing pediatrician for nearly 30 years, and has a private practice in nearby Roosevelt Island. She served as the director of the Pediatric ER at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City for nearly two decades and was Associate Professor, Pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Grimm has also taught at John Hopkins Hospital and served as a member for six years on the Committee of Practice and Ambulatory Pediatrics, a national committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She was a medical advisor to the Sesame Street Goes to the Doctor video and print publications and Sesame Street Parents Magazine. Published medical works include "The Well Child Visit" in Ambulatory Pediatric Care.

Dr. Benjamin Kligler

A family practitioner with a special interest in pediatrics, Dr Benjamin Kligler is Associate Medical Director of the Continuum Center of Health and Healing at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City and co-directs their fellowship program in integrative medicine. Dr. Kligler is the author of Curriculum in Complementary Therapies: A Guide for the Medical Educator, and currently is completing a text book for McGraw Hill on Integrative Medicine. In addition, Dr. Kligler is Co-director of the Beth Israel Fellowship Program in Integrative Medicine, and is an assistant professor of family medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Kligler is certified in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and acupuncture. He is also currently an Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine.

Dr. Stanley Greenspan

A Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at George Washington University and a practicing child psychiatrist, Dr. Greenspan is the author of 35 books including The Secure Child -- Helping Our Children Feel Safe and Confident in an Insecure World, The Growth of the Mind (with Beryl Lieff Benderly), Building Healthy Minds (with Nancy Breslau Lewis), First Feelings (with Nancy Thorndike Greenspan), Playground Politics and The Challenging Child (both with Jacqueline Salmon), and The Four-Thirds Solution: Solving the Childcare Crisis in America Today (with Jacqueline Salmon). Dr. Greenspan was the founding president of ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families. Dr. Greenspan's formulations of emotional milestones and related strategies to facilitate emotional growth have been featured in a PBS Nova documentary, "Life's First Feelings," which received the American Psychological Association's award for Best Educational Program.

Mary Mathews, L.C.S.W.

As Director of Family Programs at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Mary Mathews oversees program development and the planning of educational activities for critically ill children and their families. She also provides staff education and advocates both within the medical system as well as in the public policy arena for appropriate supports for kids and families in the areas of insurance, long term care, and child abuse prevention. Mary Mathews has over 15 years experience in health and mental health settings and frequently addresses and speaks about parenting issues and how children develop healthy coping mechanisms and resiliency.

Susanna Neumann, Ph.D.

A psychologist in private practice in New York City, N.Y. Susanna Neumann has been a psychologist on the staff of the Rockefeller University Child and Family Center and the First Presbyterian Church Nursery School for nearly two decades. At First Presbyterian Church Nursery School, Susanna Neumann co-developed a program for dealing with the trauma of 9/11. Susanna Neumann is a graduate of New York University Post-Doctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the State University of New York, Downstate where she led group therapy with chronically ill children and adolescents, and with their mothers. Her work at Downstate focused on the psychological impact of chronic and acute illness, eating disorders, adolescent pregnancy, and creativity. She has lectured and contributed to articles over a very broad range of childhood and family issues.

Additional Advisors:

Shalom (Sholly) Fisch, Ph.D.

President and Founder of MediaKidz Research & Consulting, Sholly Fisch provides educational content development, hands-on testing and writing for children's media. Clients include Sony, Nelvana, DC Comics, Sesame Workshop, and iBooks/Penguin Putnam, among others. Prior to founding MediaKidz Dr. Fisch was Vice President for Program Research at Sesame Workshop, where he oversaw curriculum development, formative research, and summative research for a broad range of television series including Dragon Tales and Sesame Street, outreach projects, school-age magazines, and interactive material for online and CD-ROMs.

Dr. David Levine

The Attending Pediatric Dentist and Assistant Clinical Professor at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Pediatric Dentist Dr. David J Levine has nearly thirty years of experience caring for children ages 0-18. He's had a private practice in Manhattan since 1974, and also taught at the New York University College of Dentistry. Professional affiliations include the American Dental Association, The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and The New York County Dental Society.

Genevieve M. Lowry M. Ed., CCLS

A certified child life specialist, Genevieve M. Lowry provides therapeutic play for children undergoing cancer treatment at the Herbert Irving Child & Adolescent Oncology Center at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. She has created curriculum that teaches children to use guided imagery and visualization in order to enhance coping and decrease anxiety and stress.

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