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Is my 15-year-old daughter a hoarder?
All the stuff she is collecting in her room is trash, but she doesn't see it that way.- Jerry Bubrick, PhD
My daughter used to love sleepovers but after getting sick at one she has become afraid of them. How do I help her get over it?
The best way to get over a fear of sleepovers is to stop avoiding them. You can help support your daughter as she faces her fear and help her develop a plan to manage the anxiety she feels.- Janine Domingues, PhD
Our 11-year-old has high-functioning autism and can’t keep his hands to himself. He touches family, friends and strangers, and we are desperate for help.
For kids on the spectrum, inappropriate touching is a common problem, and can even have dangerous consequences. Some strategies for handling this behavior.- Mandi Silverman, PsyD, MBA
My 6-year-old son is in trouble for being defiant in school, but we don't see any of this behavior at home. What can I do?
First, you want to rule out learning issues that might be causing his behavior, then work with the teacher on a reward plan contingent on good behavior in school.- Matthew Rouse, PhD, MSW
My teen has ADHD and ODD. He refuses therapy. How can I help my son help himself?
He might be scared of feeling like he's failing in treatment, or he could have had a bad experience in previous therapy. The first step is focusing on his priorities, not yours.- David Anderson, PhD
My 4-year-old daughter acts like she doesn't want to be near her father when she visits him. We've never lived together. Advice?
Identifying what part of their relationship or his new family is bothering her is the first step to helping her.- Jamie Howard, PhD
My son needs extra time on the SAT. Does anyone test high schoolers?
Older kids can absolutely get tested, but getting a teenager accommodations for standardized tests can be tricky.- Dominick Auciello, PsyD
After being home sick for 4 days, my daughter, who loved school, now cries when I leave her. What can I do?
It's not unusual after an absence, and you can help her by encouraging her coping skills.- Rachel Busman, PsyD
My 13-year-old daughter is so anxious about her sexual orientation she is self-harming. What should we do?
Intrusive thoughts about sexuality and compulsions to reduce the anxiety are classic OCD. But she also sounds depressed. Behavioral therapy can address both.- Jerry Bubrick, PhD
My 5-year-old has trouble following instructions. He just doesn't listen. I do time outs and it's still the same. His teachers do too. I'm at a loss.
We suggest 'labeled praise,' or specifically rewarding desired behaviors and 'actively ignoring' others. And since the boy's father has ADHD an evaluation isn't a bad idea.- Mandi Silverman, PsyD, MBA