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I have a child who is very good but won’t follow directions. What should I do?
The way parents phrase requests can make kids more (or less) likely to follow through. Giving kids the right kind of praise helps, too.- Kristin Carothers, PhD
School Success Kit for Kids With Executive Functioning Issues
Tools to help kids get organized, focused, and out the door on time
My anxious son is 16, home-schooled, and prefers ‘cyber friends’ to real ones. We want him back in school, but can he cope?
It is very possible, if they help him overcome his anxiety in a structured way with the help of professionals. Avoiding it isn't the answer, and it doesn't have to be.- Stephanie Dowd, PsyD
'Brave Talking' Helps Kids Conquer Anxiety
Practicing 'brave talking' helps kids with selective mutism get comfortable with using their voices in public, including school.- Caroline Miller
After a year of therapies, my son with autism and ADHD hasn't made much progress. Will this ever get better? What must we do?
Gains come very gradually with these kids. Mark (and celebrate!) very small successes, and consider changes in therapies and schooling.- Mandi Silverman, PsyD, MBA
Watching for Signs of Psychosis in Teens
Spotting early symptoms enables us to support and treat kids before they are in crisis. That help can delay onset and mitigate damaging impairment.- Juliann Garey
Selective Mutism 101
Rachel Busman, PsyD, director of the Selective Mutism Service, leads an in-depth discussion on the diagnosis of selective mutism, debunking the unfortunate myths and misunderstandings that continue to impact children challenged with the disorder and covering the history of the diagnosis.
Building Brave Muscles: Behavioral Treatment for Selective Mutism
Laura Kirmayer, PhD, associate psychologist and director of the Brave Buddies program at the Child Mind Institute, reviewed the behavioral skills that are crucial for effective treatment.
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, PhD, 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.
My daughter will only use the toilet with me or two other people. This started after a teacher abused her. Any advice?
Drs. Bubrick and Howard look at the trauma that may have caused this response, and the behavioral techniques the family can use to help their daughter get back to enjoying school and friends.- Jerry Bubrick, PhD