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My son started kindergarten and has been crying nonstop and saying he wants to come home. How do we keep him in school?
Difficult transitions are common this time of year, but there are things parents and teachers can do to help kids adjust.- Amanda Mintzer, PsyD
After seeing inappropriate sexual things on Instagram and BuzzFeed my daughter has been riddled with anxiety.
Sometimes thoughts can get "stuck." The best way to combat them is actually to stop thinking they're such a big deal.- Rachel Busman, PsyD
My autistic son is having violent tantrums, but only at school or daycare. What can I do?
Talk to his teachers and daycare personnel to try to determine what might be triggering or reinforcing the tantrums.- Mandi Silverman, PsyD, MBA
I have a child who is very good but won’t follow directions. What should I do?
The way parents phrase requests can make kids more (or less) likely to follow through. Giving kids the right kind of praise helps, too.- Kristin Carothers, PhD
My anxious son is 16, home-schooled, and prefers ‘cyber friends’ to real ones. We want him back in school, but can he cope?
It is very possible, if they help him overcome his anxiety in a structured way with the help of professionals. Avoiding it isn't the answer, and it doesn't have to be.- Stephanie Dowd, PsyD
After a year of therapies, my son with autism and ADHD hasn't made much progress. Will this ever get better? What must we do?
Gains come very gradually with these kids. Mark (and celebrate!) very small successes, and consider changes in therapies and schooling.- Mandi Silverman, PsyD, MBA
My daughter will only use the toilet with me or two other people. This started after a teacher abused her. Any advice?
Drs. Bubrick and Howard look at the trauma that may have caused this response, and the behavioral techniques the family can use to help their daughter get back to enjoying school and friends.- Jerry Bubrick, PhD
My son, who struggles with anxiety and ADHD, has poor self-esteem and trouble fitting in socially. I've seen kids being very mean to him.
You want to start by finding out if he is being bullied or just misreading cues. If the former, you should intervene. If the latter, he needs help with social skills.- Rachel Busman, PsyD
My child with depression is close friends with another girl who is depressed. Is this friendship unhealthy?
While your daughter's friendship isn't causing her depression, it may be reinforcing some of the negative behaviors that are keeping it alive.- Jill Emanuele, PhD
Should parents force kids with depression to do things they don't want to do?
Avoiding regular activities can make depression worse, so it is important to encourage kids to stay active.- Jill Emanuele, PhD