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My daughter wet herself at school and now her older sister is afraid the same thing will happen to her. What can I do?
You can avoid reinforcing her fears by helping to redirect her attention to other things.- Raquel Cumba, PhD
Could an ear infection be causing my son's anxiety?
Kids who have chronic ear infections sometimes have hearing problems, which can lead to anxiety if undetected.- Michael Rosenthal, PhD
Should my daughter who might have selective mutism switch classes?
Switching classes might help, but getting a diagnosis and deciding on a treatment plan should be your priority.- Rachel Busman, PsyD
My niece refuses to speak around adults, but with kids she's the leader of the group. Could she have SM?
She could, so it makes sense to get an evaluation. Socializing with people her own age does not rule out selective mutism.- Raquel Cumba, PhD
If you think your college age child is depressed but she says she's fine, what do you recommend?
Offer your support, but be patient if she isn't ready to ask for help right away. Getting treatment needs to be her decision.- Jill Emanuele, PhD
Is it common for kids with ADHD to have great behavior at school and difficult behavior at home?
Structured schools are great at helping keep kids with ADHD organized and focused, but when that structure isn't available at home, disruptive behavior can be a consequence.- Vasco Lopes, PsyD
I have custody of two children, recently in foster care, who engage in sexual behavior. What can I do?
This can be normal for this developmental stage, and also controlled with behavioral methods like redirection. But abuse is also a possibility.- Janine Domingues, PhD
My 4-year-old has been kicked out of preschool for behavior problems we don't see anywhere else. What can I do?
To reduce problem behavior in the classroom, the first step is understanding what's triggering it, and how it's being reinforced.- Melanie A. Fernandez, PhD, ABPP
My five-year-old son will not stay in time out. What am I doing wrong?
Kids often wear down parents by bolting from time outs. You need a back-up area that's inescapable, for him to calm down, before going back in the chair.- Vasco Lopes, PsyD
I'm 13, and I think I have social anxiety. My parents say I have disruptive behavior. How can I tell which I have?
Your feelings and the behavior that's bothering your parents may be related. What's important is to talk to your parents about how you feel and how you can get help.- Rachel Busman, PsyD