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My 9-year-old won't listen to me, and I don't have much patience with her anymore. Any suggestions?
There are several variables that could be contributing to a change in your daughter's behavior. Figuring out why she's acting out is the first step towards improving your relationship.- Laura Kirmayer, MA
Relatives don't believe my daughter's diagnosis because she doesn't always 'act autistic.' What can I do?
Educating your family on what autism really looks like is important, but so is protecting your daughter from negative attitudes.- Laura Kirmayer, MA
My son lost his dad, is grieving and refusing school because of separation anxiety. How can I help him?
The first thing is to have a meeting with the school, figure out what's not working, and devise a plan to get from school refusal back to normal attendance step by step.- Rachel Busman, PsyD
My 8-year-old son always feels unwell and is very emotional. I am depressed, and our interactions are difficult. Please help.
Physical symptoms are often connected to emotional difficulties. Because your son has these symptoms and a family history of depression, he may need treatment.- Janine Domingues, PhD
What is the difference between ADD and ADHD?
ADD, or attention-deficit disorder, is an old term, now out of date, for the disorder we call ADHD, or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.- David Anderson, PhD
What should a teacher do if parents aren't concerned about selective mutism?
Kids with SM often talk freely at home, so parents might not understand what teachers are seeing in the classroom.- Rachel Busman, PsyD
My daughter with anxiety and ADHD says she 'is not as smart as the other kids.' How can I help her find strength and motivation?
Setting the stage for success inspires confidence. And parents should remember that although school is important, there are other areas where children can excel.- Dominick Auciello, PsyD
Can a fear of vomiting actually cause someone to vomit?
Nausea and other physical symptoms of anxiety are part of the body's "fight or flight" response. An anxious stomach paired with a fear of vomiting can create a vicious cycle.- Janine Domingues, PhD
My daughter says "you can't control my thoughts" when I try to comfort her. What can I do?
If your daughter seems to be struggling too much, a professional can teach her strategies to use when she's feeling very upset.- Rachel Busman, PsyD
My daughter who is self-harming has agreed to see a counselor. Is there anything else we can do?
Seeing a counselor will be a good step towards learning how to help her. Beyond that you should be supportive—and get support for yourself if you need it.- Jill Emanuele, PhD