Its’ not easy being a teen. Peer pressure and social media can play a huge role in your teen’s day to day life, and they may be hesitant to talk about it.

According to the Chairman of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania, and author of The Teenage Brain, Dr. Frances Jensen says “impulse control is one of the last areas to develop in the adolescent brain.” Adolescence is the second most critical time for brain development, and continues to develop through the mid-20’s. This time period plays a significant role in their emotional lives and their decision-making skills. The brain is actually the last organ in the body to reach maturity.

Impulsive and split-second decisions are linked to the frontal lobe which is responsible for high emotional responses. The frontal lobe is the seat of executive decision-making, empathy, insight, impulse and judgment – and the last part of the brain to fully develop.READ MORE

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HKQ Kids® was established following the settlement of a major medical malpractice case in September 2005 involving 4-year-old Torajee Bobbett, who died in 2001 due to negligent care at Mercy Hospital in Wilkes-Barre. HKQ partnered with The Luzerne Foundation, a well-known local philanthropic organization, to provide financial oversight for HKQ Kids®. READ MORE

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