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My nephew's father is dying and he's acting out in school. How can we help him?
Regular check-ins and clear answers to his questions could make him feel calmer.- Jamie Howard, PhD
My 10-year-old is either pooping his pants or not cleaning properly, leading to messy underwear almost daily. What should I do?
It sounds like he might have a condition known as encopresis and should see a pediatric gastroenterologist.- Jerry Bubrick, PhD
My 10-year-old son has become more sensitive over the last two years and now cries over almost anything. What can I do?
A child who is oversensitive to small slights could be depressed or anxious. He needs to learn and practice coping skills, to handle small upsets successfully.- Jerry Bubrick, PhD
Since a classmate's family was killed in a plane crash, our daughter is terribly anxious that something bad will happen to us. How can we help her?
In kids who are prone to anxiety, disturbing events can trigger disorders that call for treatment.- Jamie Howard, PhD
I'm working with a student who doesn't want to read out loud and is unresponsive in class. Please help!
Kids who freeze when asked to speak or perform in class may look like they're being defiant, but often they are acutely anxious.- Rachel Busman, PsyD
My kids' fears are keeping them from doing things they need to do. And I'm so tired of fighting it I'm giving in. What can I do?
Kids need help to manage anxiety and it sounds like you need support, too.- Amanda Mintzer, PsyD
My son, who has been taking Prozac for selective mutism, is now completely verbal in school. When can we start taking him off it?
Kids tend to do best if they stay on medications for a year after their symptoms are gone or mostly gone- Natalie Weder, MD
My son is obsessed with fears that he will kill himself. He gets upset when I try to stop talking about it. What can I tell him?
Kids with anxiety often seek reassurance, which makes them feel better temporarily but makes the anxiety stronger. You want to encourage him to fight the anxiety.- Rachel Busman, PsyD
My 5-year-old grandson, now living with his dad, cries about everything. Any ideas that would help?
It's normal for kids to have adjustment difficulties after a lot of change. As much as you can, try to be a consistent source of support.- Amanda Mintzer, PsyD
My 6-year-old son has seen 2 occupational therapists, and both wanted to stop treatment at 6 months. What's going on?
Occupational therapists are focused on accomplishing specific goals, so your goals may need to be updated.- Ken Schuster, PsyD