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My 8-year-old son has been dealing with the death of his best friend, and now his uncle has died. How can we tell him?
Be brief, honest, and concrete. Make it comfortable for him, now and later, to ask questions. Let him know that his feelings are okay, and don't share your own.- Jamie Howard, PhD
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A round-up of our most essential information about diagnosis, treatment, and helping kids with the disorder reach their potential
I'm 16 and I'm feeling like there is something wrong with me. I may be depressed, but I'm not sure. Please help.
Adolescent depression is more common than some people think. Take a look at these signs of depression, and see how many fit you.- Stephanie Dowd, PsyD
My 7-year-old seems to only hear what he wants to hear. How do I make myself clear?
How well children understand what we say often depends on how old they are.- Matthew Cruger, PhD
My daughter has been treated for depression, but it doesn't seem to be working. What can we do?
Ask her why she thinks treatment isn't working, and try to be supportive, not critical.- Stephanie Dowd, PsyD
My 7-year-old son with dyslexia is easily frustrated or angered by things outside of school. Is that common?
Kids struggling in school with learning disabilities often display frustration and anger at home, because they don't have the emotional skills to handle their stress without acting out.- Matthew Cruger, PhD
10 Tips for Parenting Your Pre-teen
Keeping communication open, even kids push for more independence, will pay off in the turbulent years of adolescence
How to Tell if Your Daughter Has ADHD
Girls with ADHD have less obvious symptoms than boys, even if they're hyperactive and impulsive, and they often hide their struggles.
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