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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
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