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Healthy Speech & Language Development

Should you worry if your 2 and 1/2 year old isn’t talking?  At this age, what’s typical is broadly defined. It’s important to keep track of your child’s milestones and seek professional guidance, if appropriate, to make sure delayed speech isn’t a sign of a more serious problem. Read more »

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ADHD Treatment Beyond Medication

This question came in response to “Does He Need ADHD Medication?” A good plan will vary based on the biggest challenges your child is facing. But even the best plan will only be as effective as its implementation. Read more »

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Does He Need ADHD Medication?

My son was recently diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). He’s seven-years-old and often has trouble focusing in class. It seems like he’s getting in trouble every day, either for being disruptive or for distracting the other kids. At home, he’s constantly interrupting and can’t sit still. We’ve tried some dietary changes, and the school has offered some help in the classroom; Read more »

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Building Confidence in Shy Kids

shy girlQ: How do I help my shy child develop confidence?
A: Build confidence based on her strengths and provide opportunities for her to practice being outgoing. Read more »

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Tantrums & Giving In

tantrumQ: I know I give in too easily, but I want to avoid tantrums and meltdowns. Any advice?
A: Make a plan in advance to avert the stress of meltdowns.
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When Your Child Worries

worried childYou put your daughter to bed hours ago, but at 11 PM  she comes running into your room saying, “I want to sleep with you.  I’m afraid.”  This has been going on for the past month even though she has always slept alone without any problem.

It is Monday morning and your son complains he has a stomachache and doesn’t want to go to school.  You know he’s not sick, but for the last two months his tummy aches have been a common occurrence.  What is going on? Read more »

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Taming the Disorganized Child

checklist-disorganized childJames, a middle-schooler, comes home from a long day at school and looks forward to downtime playing video games.  After dinner, he searches for 15 minutes to find the scrap of paper where he wrote down his homework assignments, while his mother does the same, providing help that he does not appreciate.  Upon finding the scribbled down assignment, three paragraphs on the night’s social studies reading, James shuts down. He says it’s too much.  For half an hour his mother cajoles him, trying to convince him that he can get it done while he argues back. Read more »

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My Kid Is Fine: How Teen Depression Deceives Us

After Mike and his girlfriend of three years ended their relationship, his parents expected their son to be crushed.  The relationship had been a large part of Mike’s life and his girlfriend, Lori, had been like a member of the family.  Lori had hoped they would remain friends, but Mike was too devastated.  For weeks, he was withdrawn and moody; he avoided friends and rebuffed his parents’ well-intentioned questions.  His mood was slow to improve and his parents worried that he would not be able to attend college in the fall. Read more »

At-Home Strategies to Teach Your Struggling Student

homework blackboard-928381_1280Your daughter has a large report due next week. She’s distressed and doesn’t know where to begin. You know that she chronically procrastinates. Your son shows you a low score on his multiplication test. He’s discouraged and doesn’t want to study. You don’t want your children to flounder, but how do you help them without taking over their schoolwork? Start by teaching kids strategies that they may not have learned in school. Read more »

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Helping Your Child Forge Friendships

friends-516341_1280While every parent hopes that his child will fit in and be accepted, making friends is not easy for all children. Many families share similar stories: “My son was excited when he started first grade, but now he seems sad and prefers to play by himself,” or, “Our daughter doesn’t like going to school anymore. She plays sick to avoid it. Her teacher says it’s possible she may be getting bullied at recess.” Some children have a hard time making friends because of impulsive, anxious or introverted behavior. They need more help than their socially-adept peers for learning how to relate to and interact with others. If your child is struggling with social skills, prepare him with strategies that help him feel confident and ready to forge new friendships. Read more »

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