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Can You Be a Good Student and Have Learning Disabilities?
From kindergarten on, I was in the top 10% of my class. I went to a top university, a top law school and got my first job at a top law firm. But there were so many times I felt totally lost. I sensed that everyone else knew how to do something that was beyond my comprehension.
My son can't stop kicking the floor in class. Sensory strategies haven't helped. What can we do?
Sensory issues aren't the only reason a child might feel unable to stop kicking the floor. A functional behavioral assessment could tell you more about the causes.- Michael Rosenthal, PhD
I have a 9-year-old son who won't listen to his mother. What can we do?
It's normal for 9-year-olds to try to assert their own wants. But when kids are acting out, parents need effective discipline strategies.- Kristin Carothers, PhD
Anxiety in the Classroom
What it looks like, and why it's often mistaken for something else- Rachel Ehmke
Disruptive Behavior: Why It's Often Misdiagnosed
Tantrums and defiance often mask issues that aren't apparent to parents and teachers.
Sharing an Autism Diagnosis
Tips for explaining your child's autism to grandparents and other relatives to help them be supportive and become effective allies.- Rachel Ehmke
Should my son with Tourette's syndrome get exposure therapy for his school anxiety?
If anxiety is a primary trigger for your son's tics, treating his anxiety may also reduce his tics.- Shelley Avny, PhD
How Can We Help Kids With Non-Verbal Learning Disorder?
One school works successfully with NLD kids by teaching them the patterns they don't pick up intuitively, in everything from visual/spacial awareness to social communication to math concepts.- Caroline Miller
Anxiety and Mindfulness
How helping kids embrace their natural mindfulness and live in the present (instead of worrying about the past or the future) can have a big effect.
My 11-year-old son has started having crushes on teachers and moms of friends. He has an obsessive personality and finds this all very embarrassing. What can I do?
Sexual obsessions can be really upsetting for kids, but offering too much reassurance can actually reinforce their anxiety. It sounds like what you need right now is an expert in anxiety disorders.- Rachel Busman, PsyD