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Building Brave Muscles: Behavioral Treatment for Selective Mutism
Laura Kirmayer, MA, associate psychologist and director of the Brave Buddies program at the Child Mind Institute, reviewed the behavioral skills that are crucial for effective treatment.
My 7-year-old, who has a mild form of cerebral palsy, has been having outbursts at home since starting school. What should I do?
Discipline like time outs only work when they're paired with praise and rewards for good behavior, and that should help with self-esteem, too.- Matthew Rouse, PhD, MSW
How to Talk to Your Parents About Getting Help if You Think You Need It
Asking for help can be tough, but it is important to do. Here are some tips to make talking about it a little easier.- Rachel Ehmke
My son is having emotional and behavioral issues after I went back to work and our family pet died. What do you suggest?
When things change it can feel scary, especially for kids. You can help your son process change in a healthy way by being reassuring and modeling how to stay calm.- Janine Domingues, PhD
What Can Brain Training Really Do for Kids?
A look at how these computer programs work, what they claim to do, and the evidence for effectiveness.- Juliann Garey
Is my 15-year-old daughter a hoarder?
All the stuff she is collecting in her room is trash, but she doesn't see it that way.- Jerry Bubrick, PhD
Exercise and ADHD
A new study shows that exercise has a positive impact on ADHD symptoms, but what does that mean for parents and kids?
Staying Close During Deployment
Tips for keeping your family strong when one parent is away. Learn how to stay connected, how to support your children, and how to take care of yourself, too.
My daughter used to love sleepovers but after getting sick at one she has become afraid of them. How do I help her get over it?
The best way to get over a fear of sleepovers is to stop avoiding them. You can help support your daughter as she faces her fear and help her develop a plan to manage the anxiety she feels.- Janine Domingues, PhD
Our 11-year-old has high-functioning autism and can’t keep his hands to himself. He touches family, friends and strangers, and we are desperate for help.
For kids on the spectrum, inappropriate touching is a common problem, and can even have dangerous consequences. Some strategies for handling this behavior.- Mandi Silverman, PsyD, MBA