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My 6-year-old son has seen 2 occupational therapists, and both wanted 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
My six-year-old son gets anger attacks and his mind and reasoning completely shut down. During a recent one I didn't know if he was trying to hurt himself or me. What can I do?
Behavioral parent training is helpful because it's hard to teach kids coping skills when they are this young.- David Anderson, PhD
My 5-year-old son, who has a development delay, is very independent but does not want to do his homework. What can I do?
Spending homework time with your child can be very motivating, and it gives you a chance to show how much you care about his success in school.- Ken Schuster, PsyD
My 7-year-old, who has a mild form of cerebral palsy, has been having outbursts at home since starting school. What should I do?
Discipline like time outs only work when they're paired with praise and rewards for good behavior, and that should help with self-esteem, too.- Matthew Rouse, PhD, MSW
My son is having emotional and behavioral issues after I went back to work and our family pet died. What do you suggest?
When things change it can feel scary, especially for kids. You can help your son process change in a healthy way by being reassuring and modeling how to stay calm.- Janine Domingues, PhD
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