Dr. Allen Menkin – ADHD

As an assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Dr. Allen Menkin loved to teach students how to cope with neurological and mental health disorders. Among the first behavioral pediatriciann the state, he led the way and developed the St. Clare’s Mental Health Center in Denville. Not to mention his own practice, Plaza Family Care Inc., where he used to work with a team of professionals with his pediatric and adult medical care program.

Menkin frequently worked  with children that have a  common condition – Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. This condition causes hyperactivity, impulsivity, inattention or a combination of symptoms. The condition requires medical attention when it interferes with a child’s ability to regulate their activity level, attend to a certain task or inhibit behavior. It can also impact other areas of a child’s life, from their school achievement to their development of social skills.  Medical treatment for ADHD that we now take for granted was both controversial and ground-breaking when he began is practicea situation not dissimilar to our current understanding and treatment of Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

In fact, if children with ADHD are not properly treated, according to Dr. Menkin it can lead to all sorts of problems, including failed relationships, school failure, depression and anxiety, as well as, job failure, substance abuse and accidental injuries in the future.

Dr. Allen Menkin states that while we still don’t know everything about ADHD, like what causes it, there are many factors that seem to contribute to the condition. He believes that there are many environmental factors, and genes play a role, in causing alterations to the brain, which in turn causes problems with learning and behavior.

Dr. Allen Menkin – Children and auto safety

In 1974,a time when children roamed free in the back seats of station wagonsl  he becamea successful advocate for the use of infant car seats and seat belts. However, he understands that products like these are only effective at keeping children safe if used correctly.

Menkin believes that correctly using child safety seats can save countless lives in the United States. In most cases, the car seats are not installed properly, from the positioning of the car seat to how it is strapped in. To make sure you have installed the car seat correctly find a certified child passenger safety technician in your area. Never purchase a used car seat unless you know everything about it, from its crash history or if it has any missing or broken parts.

Remember “Monkey See – Monkey Do,” it’s the same with children. That’s why it is so important to buckle up and make sure that everyone in the car also buckles up too. Remember to never ever leave a child alone in a vehicle. It can be very dangerous from the sweltering heat inside the car to the possible accidents that can happen while you’re away.

Dr. Allen Menkin knows that auto safety is important, but it’s up to each family to use booster seats, car seats, and teach car safety to children. That’s why he is an advocate for auto safety and helps people understand how to keep their precious cargo safe in vehicles.