Can my child have both autism and selective mutism, and be treated for both?
- Steven G. Dickstein, MD
The two can't be diagnosed together, though it's not unusual for a child's diagnosis to change as he develops, and there are some similarities in the treatments we recommend.READ MORE
The Most Common Misdiagnoses in Children
From inattention to disruptive behavior, many symptoms have multiple causes, leading to mistakes when kids aren't carefully assessedREAD MORE
Our 7-year-old, who is tapering off Prozac, is upset and irritable. Is that a symptom of withdrawal?
- Ron J. Steingard, MD
Coming off medications like Prozac, which has a long half-life, is usually pretty smooth. I'd have someone check out what else might be happening to your son.READ MORE
Intensive Intervention for Selective Mutism
Melissa Ortega, PsyD, formerly of the Child Mind Institute, discusses how intensive intervention for children with selective mutism can turn around lives in really stunning ways--for all involved.WATCH MORE
Language & Communication: The SLP Perspective
In this workshop, Rachel Cortese, MS, CCC-SLP, MSEd, a speech-language pathologist at the Child Mind Institute, will share what we know about the connection between speech, language, and selective mutism.READ MORE
My daughter's school would like her to repeat second grade. When is it good to keep a child back, if ever?
- Matthew Cruger, PhD
What a child who is falling behind socially or academically needs most is help with whatever is interfering with learning.READ MORE
Medications for SM: When, Why, and How
Steven Dickstein, MD, discusses when, why, and how medication is used in the treatment of Selective Mutism.READ MORE
The Family Gathering: A Survival Guide
- Rachel Ehmke
How to help your kids be at their best at Grandma's, avoid meltdowns, and have some fun, tooREAD MORE
My 10-year-old daughter with anxiety won't participate in gym. Should we push her?
- Rachel Busman, PsyD
All avenues should be explored, including possible sensory issues. But a key is an emphasis on reward, not punishment.READ MORE
What's the Special Sauce? Exploring Exposure Treatment
Steven Kurtz, PhD, ABPP, explains the whys, whens, and hows of exposure therapy so that parents and professionals can effectively guide children up the ladder.READ MORE