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My 11-year-old daughter gets sick to her stomach and cries when I take her to school. Is this an anxiety disorder?
Anxiety can be expressed in a number of different ways, including an upset stomach. Getting an evaluation will help you learn what kind of anxiety your daughter has.- Rachel Busman, PsyD
My son has a very mild case of ADHD combined. Would coffee help him?
Like ADHD medications, coffee is a stimulant. But it's not targeted on the right brain regions to make it effective for treating ADHD symptoms- Vasco Lopes, PsyD
My son cries every day at kindergarten because he misses me, and isn't making friends. What can I do?
Take a step back and talk to his teachers and other people at the school. Knowing more about what your son is struggling with will help you know what to do next.- Rachel Busman, PsyD
My 3-year-old hugs too hard and doesn't like loud noises. What could be causing this?
A child who hugs too often or too aggressively may need practice with boundaries, but she also may be seeking sensory stimulation.- Michael Rosenthal, PhD
How can I stop my daughter’s violence towards me and her younger brother?
Aggression towards siblings is very common and can be dangerous. Paying close attention to triggers and responding with consistent consequences can help rein in the behavior.- Vasco Lopes, PsyD
A ten-year-old boy has severe memory issues. What do you recommend his parents do? His public school?
There are a lot of things that could be underlying his challenges, so a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation should be your first step.- Michael Rosenthal, PhD
Should children attend funerals?
There's no right or wrong answer, so take context into account. If your child does go to the funeral, make sure to prepare her in developmentally appropriate language.- Jamie Howard, PhD
My son had an allergic reaction to peanuts and now he will only eat about ten foods. What can I do to get him to eat?
He needs to learn healthy ways to deal with his anxiety and become more open-minded about food. Working with a psychologist and an allergist can help.- Jerry Bubrick, PhD
My son seems to have separation anxiety. Does he need to see somebody? I don't want him to be labeled.
Remember, sometimes naming a problem is a good thing. Get a thorough evaluation to find out if he has the disorder and learn how to help him.- Rachel Busman, PsyD
How do I get my son to sleep in his own bed?
Anxious kids can learn to sleep independently with a technique called 'fading' and a lot of positive reinforcement for gains.- Jamie Howard, PhD