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Helping Kids Back Into the School Routine
With praise, understanding, and some structure, parents can smooth out back-to-school jitters. The first step is letting him know he isn't alone.
My 5-year-old has trouble following instructions. He just doesn't listen. I do time outs and it's still the same. His teachers do too. I'm at a loss.
We suggest 'labeled praise,' or specifically rewarding desired behaviors and 'actively ignoring' others. And since the boy's father has ADHD an evaluation isn't a bad idea.- Mandi Silverman, PsyD, MBA
A Teacher's Guide to Understanding OCD
How anxiety drives a child to perform rituals, often secretly, in school, resulting in behavior that can be easily misunderstood.- Jerry Bubrick, PhD
What Does OCD Look Like in the Classroom?
How to recognize the signs, which can be easily mistaken for ADHD, learning disorders or oppositional behavior.- Jerry Bubrick, PhD
Advice for Moving With Kids
Moving is stressful for everyone, but it's especially hard on families because kids depend on routine. Here are tips for making your move easier.
My 12-year-old daughter acts much older than she is. How do I rein her in?
Being understanding, and talking openly about her feelings and ambitions, is the place to begin. And remember, all kids want to be older, and you can relate your own experience.- Stephanie Dowd, PsyD
Empowering Kids Who Learn Differently
A conversation with David Flink about his new book, and how to succeed with LD and ADHD
My 4-year-old with a behavior disorder attends therapy but she can't compose sentences or express feelings. Am I doing enough for her?
Recognizing your emotions and expressing them requires higher order processing. This is one reason why some young children are oppositional.- Mandi Silverman, PsyD, MBA
7 Things to Tell the Teacher About Your Child
Communicating key information can help educators and students forge a lasting connection which can really pay off for young people. And the start of the school year is the best time to open up.
My 2-year-old daughter has a lot of fears and they are getting worse. Should I be worried?
Fears are typical at this age, but some kids are a little too reactive. To help your daughter, try to model distress tolerance and flexibility.- Laura Kirmayer, PhD, MSW