How We Treat ADHD

Helping children with ADHD

We’ll continue with our ‘How We treat’ series, this time targeting ADHD. In this post, I’ll describe the nature of ADHD, how it’s diagnosed, and how it’s treated. What is ADHD? ADHD is considered to be of disorder of the pre-frontal cortex, which is the most advanced part of our brain, and a subsequent deficiency in the executive functions. In […]

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How We Treat Autism

How we treat autism

We’ll continue our series on how we treat particular behavioral health conditions. In my last article, I provided an overview of how we treat child and adolescent depression and anxiety. In today’s post, I’ll tackle how we treat autism.  What is Autism? Autism is a developmental disorder, which is a condition that impacts a child’s ability to achieve and demonstrate developmental […]

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How to Treat Your Child’s Depression & Anxiety

Helping your child with depression and anxiety

As one would expect given my occupation, I’m often approached by teens and their parents, about feelings of depression and anxiety. It’s troubling to see a child or adolescent struggling, but it’s uplifting to know that there are practical and very effective strategies to improve the situation. Let’s review them today. 😊 What Causes Depression and Anxiety? First, Let’s review […]

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The Behavioral Therapist Detective: Here’s How We Solve the Case

The Behavioral Therapist Detective

How It Starts… I regularly get questions from parents about how to manage their child’s behavior. We welcome such questions and look forward to working with parents to help improve the situation. I might hear something like, “my child is having lots of tantrums and is really hard to manage” or “my child won’t do anything I ask!” These are, […]

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The Christmas Gift of Faith: What Role Does it Play?

The Gift of Faith and the role it plays in childhood difficulties.

Sharing this post is one of my favorite traditions. This Christmas blog post was first put up the HelpForYourChild.com back in 2012. It has been helping families recognize the role Faith plays in helping families and childhood difficulties. What I’m Expected to Do… As a psychologist, I’m expected to talk about traditional and clinically-relevant approaches to help kids, and parents, […]

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Merry and Bright: How to Handle Your Child’s Behavior On Holiday Outings

Keep Those Holiday Outings Merry!

The holiday season often includes busy public outings with your child. These can be quite tricky and challenging! Children sometimes find the new environment, whether it be a store or a crowded holiday event, to be over-stimulating. They try to carry out the outing ‘on their terms’ rather than on yours. However, if you make a plan in advance, there […]

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Selective Mutism: Is Your Child Just Shy, Or Is It Something More?

Is it Selective Mutism, or just shyness?

Selective Mutism vs ‘Just Being Shy’ Selective mutism is a diagnosable condition that significantly interferes with a child’s ability to adapt and function in social situations. It’s defined as a failure to speak in situations where the child is expected to speak. The child perceives the situation as uncomfortable and usually with a degree of social pressure to interact. Novel […]

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