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Is it normal to have 'waves' of bad behavior? Our son is good for a week, then starts again.
The family is on the right track doing positive reinforcement for good behaviors, but consistency and patience is also necessary to break the 'habit' of acting out.- Matthew Rouse, PhD, MSW
A kindergarten student with SM refuses to use the bathroom at school. Do you have any suggestions?
Give him lots of opportunities to practice outside of regular school hours. His parents can get involved, too.- Rachel Busman, PsyD
My seven-year-old daughter keeps wetting her pants at school. What should we do?
Your daughter might be struggling with something called enuresis. A behavioral therapist should be able to help.- Laura Kirmayer, MA
I'm homeschooling my daughter with selective mutism because the school wouldn't help her. Am I doing the right thing?
A child with selective mutism needs a school environment that will support and scaffold her so that she can begin to speak in school. Keeping her at home may reinforce the anxiety.- Laura Kirmayer, MA
Is my son getting the right treatment for his Tourette's syndrome?
There are four key components that you should be looking for the therapist to include in treatment.- Shelley Avny, PhD
My son can't stop kicking the floor in class. Sensory strategies haven't helped. What can we do?
Sensory issues aren't the only reason a child might feel unable to stop kicking the floor. A functional behavioral assessment could tell you more about the causes.- Michael Rosenthal, PhD
I have a 9-year-old son who won't listen to his mother. What can we do?
It's normal for 9-year-olds to try to assert their own wants. But when kids are acting out, parents need effective discipline strategies.- Kristin Carothers, PhD
Should my son with Tourette's syndrome get exposure therapy for his school anxiety?
If anxiety is a primary trigger for your son's tics, treating his anxiety may also reduce his tics.- Shelley Avny, PhD
My 11-year-old son has started having crushes on teachers and moms of friends. He has an obsessive personality and finds this all very embarrassing. What can I do?
Sexual obsessions can be really upsetting for kids, but offering too much reassurance can actually reinforce their anxiety. It sounds like what you need right now is an expert in anxiety disorders.- Rachel Busman, PsyD
My son has made great progress in day treatment and is ready to return to a regular school. How can we get the school to work with him if he still has occasional outbursts?
Your son needs a school team that will be proactive about helping him behave, not waiting for him to fail.- Mandi Silverman, PsyD, MBA