Articles by Ellen Braaten, Ph.D.

Ellen Braaten, Ph.D. is associate director of The MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, and director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also an associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. She is co-author of the book Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up, which was released in August 2014.

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8 Young Adult Books That Will Change The Way You Think About Mental Health

February 17, 2017

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The list below represents only a small sliver of the multitude of books that might help you and your teen talk about mental health issues—from the minor (anxiety about going off to college) to the major (depression and suicide).

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Sibling Rivalry Vs. Sibling Bullying

February 9, 2017

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Sibling rivalry is a topic that is as old as time itself, and it’s probably not an overstatement to say that if a family has more than one child, sibling rivalry has likely been an issue at one time or another.

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Who Is Qualified To Conduct My Child’s Evaluation?

October 13, 2016

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The number of professionals available to conduct evaluations of children can be quite overwhelming. Psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, educational consultants, counselors, and neuropsychologists are only a partial list of the professionals who can be helpful when you’re seeking more information about your child’s development.

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What Are The Different Types Of Evaluations?

September 22, 2016

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Arielle’s mother, Adele, was confused. She had taken Arielle, an active first grader who was struggling to learn how to read, to her pediatrician for guidance. Arielle’s teacher was complaining that Arielle seemed impulsive and hyperactive, and of course Adele was worried about Arielle’s struggles with reading.

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Helping Kids Through New School Year Transitions

September 13, 2016

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Starting a new school year is often filled with anxiety for both parents and kids. Kids who are starting a new school, either because they are moving from middle school to high school, or are moving to a new neighborhood, have the biggest adjustment, but even those who are just moving to a new grade have adjustments to make.

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When Kids Leave Home: Part 1

September 8, 2016

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This is the first blog post in a two-part series on adolescents’ transition to the “real world.”

To view the second blog post, click here. 

Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.
Outro music arranged and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.

Well, it’s officially September.

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My Child Had An Evaluation Through The School And I Disagree With The Results – What Now?

August 23, 2016

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If you’re a parent who is concerned that your child may have a learning or attentional challenge, there are a couple of routes you can take. You can get a private evaluation by a psychologist who works in a private practice or hospital setting, or you can request an evaluation through your local school system.

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What Is A Section 504 Plan?

August 16, 2016

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Dan’s mom left her son’s evaluation team meeting at school feeling really frustrated. Dan, an active second grade student, was diagnosed by his psychiatrist with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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How To Get A Core Evaluation Completed Through Your School District

August 11, 2016

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How do you get a core evaluation completed through your local school district? Well, the short answer is, “You ask for it.” However, if you’re a parent who has tried to get an evaluation completed through your school system—or is currently going through that process—you might be saying, “It’s not quite that simple.

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Learning Over The Summer

June 23, 2016

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When parents of school-aged kids think about summer vacations, what would you expect their favorite part to be?  Taking the kids to the beach?  Sleeping in late?  Foregoing the school year’s rigid schedule?  Nope.

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