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What Drives Self-Injury and How to Treat It
Kids—usually teenage girls—sometimes hurt themselves intentionally to alleviate some other form of pain in their lives. The behavior is hard to comprehend, but understanding plays a big role in treatment.- Rachel Ehmke
Intensive Intervention for Selective Mutism
Melissa Ortega, PsyD, formerly of the Child Mind Institute, discusses how intensive intervention for children with selective mutism can turn around lives in really stunning ways--for all involved.
My daughter, 6, had what I think was a panic attack, and she has extreme nightmares. Should I worry?
One panic attack does not suggest a disorder, but if the nightmares are frequent enough to be impairing, it's worth discussing with a pediatrician or mental health professional.- Rachel Busman, PsyD
Kids and Anxiety: The Parents' Role in Treatment
Children with anxiety disorders like OCD rely on parents to help them avoid what they fear. But cooperation only makes the fear worse. In therapy parents learn to help kids fight back.
Should my son switch to a school that focuses on behavior challenges?
When kids with anxiety and attention challenges are having a hard time at school, it might be a good idea to make a switch.- Ruth Lee, MEd, ET/P
Research Update: What Do We Actually Know At This Point?
This workshop provides an overview of the cutting-edge research that guides treatment for selective mutism.
Autism Update: Diagnosis and Treatment Going Forward
Join Ron Steingard, MD, Michael Rosenthal, PhD, and Dena Buchalter, PhD, for a panel discussion and question and answer session on recent advances in the area of autism.
What should a worried kindergarten teacher do about imaginary gun play in her class?
Play violence is developmentally appropriate for young kids, but teachers should always be on the lookout for warning signs of problem behavior.- Rachel Busman, PsyD
How Should We Treat Children With Bipolar Disorder?
Dr. Gabrielle Carlson on what mental health professionals know--and don't know--about the future for these kids. One thing is certain: helping the child in the present is good medicine.
'Beasts of the Southern Wild': On Trauma and Surviving Adversity
Despite profound adverse experiences, the child Hushpuppy thrives in 'Beasts of the Southern Wild.' Why are some people more vulnerable to trauma?- Alan Ravitz, MD, MS