My teen has ADHD and ODD. He refuses therapy. How can I help my son help himself?
- David Anderson, PhD
He might be scared of feeling like he's failing in treatment, or he could have had a bad experience in previous therapy. The first step is focusing on his priorities, not yours.READ MORE
Helping Kids Back Into the School Routine
With praise, understanding, and some structure, parents can smooth out back-to-school jitters. The first step is letting him know he isn't alone.READ MORE
My 5-year-old has trouble following instructions. He just doesn't listen. I do time outs and it's still the same. His teachers do too. I'm at a loss.
- Mandi Silverman, PsyD, MBA
We suggest 'labeled praise,' or specifically rewarding desired behaviors and 'actively ignoring' others. And since the boy's father has ADHD an evaluation isn't a bad idea.READ MORE
7 Things to Tell the Teacher About Your Child
Communicating key information can help educators and students forge a lasting connection which can really pay off for young people. And the start of the school year is the best time to open up.READ MORE
Finding the Balance With After-School Activities
- Harry Kimball
How to steer kids towards a diet of extracurriculars that's good for them and the family—and not just their college applicationsREAD MORE
My son lost his dad, is grieving and refusing school because of separation anxiety. How can I help him?
- Rachel Busman, PsyD
The first thing is to have a meeting with the school, figure out what's not working, and devise a plan to get from school refusal back to normal attendance step by step.READ MORE
My daughter with anxiety and ADHD says she 'is not as smart as the other kids.' How can I help her find strength and motivation?
Setting the stage for success inspires confidence. And parents should remember that although school is important, there are other areas where children can excel.READ MORE
How Sensory Processing Issues Affect Kids in School
Kids who are struggling to process sensory input can be distracted and prone to meltdowns at school. Some tips for parents and teachers to help them succeed.READ MORE
How Do I Know If My Child Has Executive Function Issues?
A guide to tests that are used to identify problems kids are having with organizationREAD MORE
Kids With Learning Challenges Shine on Stage
- Harry Kimball
In school drama programs and improv classes, teachers see kids who struggle academically or with communication open up when they're acting. What does theater do for them?READ MORE