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My child with depression is close friends with another girl who is depressed. Is this friendship unhealthy?
While your daughter's friendship isn't causing her depression, it may be reinforcing some of the negative behaviors that are keeping it alive.- Jill Emanuele, PhD
Will ADHD Medication Change My Child's Brain?
What we know about the long-term effects of stimulants taken for ADHD- Caroline Miller
Should parents force kids with depression to do things they don't want to do?
Avoiding regular activities can make depression worse, so it is important to encourage kids to stay active.- Jill Emanuele, PhD
Summer and Sensory Processing Issues
How to help kids stay comfortable in what can be overstimulating outdoor activities like going to the beach or a visit to an amusement park.
Is it normal to have 'waves' of bad behavior? Our son is good for a week, then starts again.
The family is on the right track doing positive reinforcement for good behaviors, but consistency and patience is also necessary to break the 'habit' of acting out.- Matthew Rouse, PhD, MSW
Hear Our Voices: Stories of Selective Mutism
For our final workshop in the Selective Mutism (SM) Workshop Series, the Selective Mutism Service at the Child Mind Institute will invite individuals who have overcome SM and those still working on "brave talking" for a panel discussion. These brave individuals serve as incredibly powerful sources of encouragement, hope, and inspiration to parents and professionals who strive to help their own children, students, and patients overcome the disorder. They will talk about their journeys and make themselves available to answer questions.
How to Talk to Kids About a Parent's Brain Injury or Illness
Many parents are reluctant to open up about challenges, but kids will notice when something is different, so it is important to talk with them about it.- Matthew Rouse, PhD, MSW
Five Ways to Support Siblings in Special Needs Families
When one child has challenges that disrupt family life and consume a lot of attention, the other children are affected. Tips for helping siblings get what they need to thrive, too.
Why Is Screentime Bad for Young Children?
Dr. Kimberly Noble of Columbia University describes an experiment showing that even what we might think of as "educational" programming is no substitute for one-on-one interaction. Early language development depends on that dedicated time with kids.
A kindergarten student with SM refuses to use the bathroom at school. Do you have any suggestions?
Give him lots of opportunities to practice outside of regular school hours. His parents can get involved, too.- Rachel Busman, PsyD