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How You Can Help Your Teen’s Brain Development

With Dr. Sarah Risen
Watch Time: 1:29 minutes

As your child reaches their tween and teenage years, you may start asking yourself, “Why is my teenager so moody? What made them think that choice was a good idea?” The answer is that your child’s brain is still growing and is especially sensitive to experiences and interactions during this time.

“The connections being formed during this critical period are the ones that help teenagers gain control of their emotions, plan and organize better, make more thoughtful choices, and respond less impulsively with less risk taking.”

Dr. Sarah Risen, pediatric neurologist

In this short video, Dr. Risen explains how open communication, good nutrition, and adequate sleep can help your teenager’s brain grow and mature so that they can transition more successfully into adulthood.

How You Can Help Your Teen’s Brain Development

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Dr. Sarah Risen

Sarah Risen, MD

Dr. Risen is a faculty member in both the Department of Pediatric Neurology and the Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. She believes in a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to the evaluation and management of neurodevelopmental disabilities.

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