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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
People think my son is rude because he has tantrums when we're out, but at home he is the most loving boy in the world. Is anything wrong with him?
There could be a number of explanations for your son's behavior. One thing you can do is try to notice what is "triggering" the tantrums.- Shelley Avny, PhD
My nephew's father is dying and he's acting out in school. How can we help him?
Regular check-ins and clear answers to his questions could make him feel calmer.- Jamie Howard, PhD
My 10-year-old is either pooping his pants or not cleaning properly, leading to messy underwear almost daily. What should I do?
It sounds like he might have a condition known as encopresis and should see a pediatric gastroenterologist.- Jerry Bubrick, PhD