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My school's new emergency plan includes lockdown drills. How can we keep them from scaring the kids?
Letting kids know there's plan for keeping them safe, and practicing that plan, can make them feel calmer and more confident- Jamie Howard, PhD
Should I teach my child a second language or will it delay her language development?
Absolutely. Kids may be confused in the beginning, but they catch up quickly.- Rachel Cortese, MS, CCC-SLP
My 9-year-old son is constantly confessing thoughts, or things he has done, that he thinks are bad. How can we help him?
When unwanted and seemingly uncontrollable thoughts are interfering with a child's life, behavioral therapy can give him tools to disarm these obsessions.- Jill Emanuele, PhD
Finding the Right Fit for a Child
After years of believing in (and pushing for) inclusion for her son, one mom discovers how successful the right contained classroom can be
My 5-year-old doesn't listen to me and is disrespectful. Time-outs don't work. What should I do?
When time-outs don't work it's often because parents aren't doing them carefully, withdrawing all positive reinforcement from inappropriate behavior and rewarding good behavior instead.- Vasco Lopes, PsyD
Conflicts Over Parenting
When couples can't agree on parenting strategies, children are the losers. Better to try one approach—whether or not it's the best one—than to subject kids to confusion and contention.
Could my 2-year-old be having sleep terrors?
Also known as night terrors, they are more common among kids ages 3-7, but it is possible for kids who are even younger to have them.- Jamie Howard, PhD
Helping Toddlers Expand Their Language Skills
Early language acquisition is instinctive, but parents can have a big impact on accelerating development. Here are some tips to help get kids talking.- Rachel Cortese, MS, CCC-SLP
My 5-year-old daughter has been flying into a rage if she doesn't get something right. What should I do?
Performance anxiety and rigid perfectionism may be signs of underlying anxiety. She should be assessed for an anxiety disorder, which could be treated with behavioral therapy.- Vasco Lopes, PsyD
What can I do for my 4-year-old son who still doesn't hold his pencil correctly?
The best way to help a child develop a mature grasp and small muscle strength is with fun activities- Ken Schuster, PsyD