Author Archives: Catharine Alvarez, PhD

A Route from Private Home School to Four-Year College (California specific)

Is traditional high school not a good fit for your student? Is your student ready for high school work, but is much younger than most high school students? The California education system is not designed for these kinds of students, … Continue reading

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Save Money with Generic Epinephrine

Have you seen the price of EpiPens lately? They are between $600-$700 for a two-pack. If you have high deductible insurance or high co-pays, you will be paying a large part of this cost. Here are some strategies you can … Continue reading

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Hostility Toward Gifted Children

Bullying has been in the news lately, so I’ve decided to share my family’s experience with bullying in 2007.  Here’s  a little background on the situation: Our son M is highly gifted.  He had been attending Kindercare since he was … Continue reading

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Social Consequences of Food Allergy

A recent study published in Pediatrics reported that over 30% of children with food allergies say they have been bullied about their allergies.  Previous studies have also found that having a food allergy puts a child at risk for bullying.  I’d like … Continue reading

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I was interviewed by Dan Peters for his Psychology Today blog

I decided to consolidate various blog posts here on Microscopes are Prudent, and I’d like to include a link to this blog post by Dr. Daniel Peters of Summit Center. Dr. Peters interviewed me on his From Worrier to Warrior … Continue reading

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What is IQ?

Sandeep Gautam wrote in “Why IQ is a Myth”:“To me, to be frank a score of 162 or whatever on a test means nothing, and I hardly care if the test is Cattels , WISC or stanford-binet. When a lay person sees … Continue reading

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DSM 5: Diagnosis Should Describe, Not Pathologize

I’ve been thinking about Dan Peters’s post about pathologizing the human condition. I understand and share his concerns about the influence of health insurance requirements on how people are diagnosed and how they can get help, but I think that’s actually a separate problem … Continue reading

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