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Media Guidelines for Kids of All Ages
Managing your children's exposure to screens gets more and more challenging—tablets, phones, games, apps, social media. Tips for setting some healthy limits.- Rachel Ehmke
Climbing the Ladder—Targeted Practice in Selective Mutism Treatment
The heart of selective mutism (SM) treatment is helping children do "brave talking" in a variety of situations through graduated exposures. Laura Kirmayer, MA, associate psychologist and director of the Brave Buddies program at the Child Mind Institute, will explain the whys, whens, and hows of exposure therapy so that parents and professionals can effectively guide children up the ladder. Additionally, she will help parents and teachers create their own portable brave talking kits and integrate graduated exposures into daily routines. This workshop will build on the core skill sets covered in the prior workshop, Building Brave Muscles.
I'm working with a student who doesn't want to read out loud and is unresponsive in class. Please help!
Kids who freeze when asked to speak or perform in class may look like they're being defiant, but often they are acutely anxious.- Rachel Busman, PsyD
What to Do if Your Child Is Bullying
How to find out what's behind the behavior, rectify the situation, and foster healthy friendship skills
My kids' fears are keeping them from doing things they need to do. And I'm so tired of fighting it I'm giving in. What can I do?
Kids need help to manage anxiety and it sounds like you need support, too.- Amanda Mintzer, PsyD
Fear of Vomiting
Shame and secrecy add to the burden of a phobia that's surprisingly common among both children and adults.
My son, who has been taking Prozac for selective mutism, is now completely verbal in school. When can we start taking him off it?
Kids tend to do best if they stay on medications for a year after their symptoms are gone or mostly gone- Natalie Weder, MD
My son is obsessed with fears that he will kill himself. He gets upset when I try to stop talking about it. What can I tell him?
Kids with anxiety often seek reassurance, which makes them feel better temporarily but makes the anxiety stronger. You want to encourage him to fight the anxiety.- Rachel Busman, PsyD
How to Help Your Depressed Teenager
It can be tough to get an adolescent to be open to treatment, but it starts by listening without judgment—you're trying to understand her, not 'fix' her.- Stephanie Dowd, PsyD
My 5-year-old grandson, now living with his dad, cries about everything. Any ideas that would help?
It's normal for kids to have adjustment difficulties after a lot of change. As much as you can, try to be a consistent source of support.- Amanda Mintzer, PsyD