March 30, 2019
What Is Autism Spectrum?
Children with autism have significant challenges with social interactions and communication and a very restricted repertoire of activities and interests. Issues with social reciprocity are very severe (it’s not just being shy or a bit detached) and include: 1) difficulties with nonverbal behaviors, such as very poor or nonexistent eye contact; 2) an inability to […]
March 14, 2019
What Is Conduct Disorder?
Mark, age 13, was referred to my office for an evaluation because he had just set his third fire in the house, and this time the fire led to thousands of dollars of damaged furniture. He had been suspended from school for breaking windows and spray-painting graffiti on the outside of the school building. One […]
March 4, 2019
Q+A: What’s the Difference Between Slow Processing and Other Disorders?
What is the difference between Slow Processing Speed, Auditory Processing, Sensory Integration, and Autism Spectrum Disorders? They all seem so similar. Is there a lot of misdiagnosis? – Patrice B., Facebook This is a great question and one that I hear frequently. There’s a good reason why you’re asking it. These four disorders share some symptoms in common. […]
February 27, 2019
Q+A: My Daughter Was Diagnosed With Anorexia
My daughter was diagnosed with Anorexia and the therapist said we’d be getting homework assignments and using a “variety of techniques.” What does that mean? There are a number of techniques and homework assignments that therapists use to treat eating disorders that have been found to be very effective in understanding and changing behaviors. They […]
February 26, 2019
What is Bulimia?
For more information about eating disorders and ways you can help make a difference for a young person in your life, or for yourself, please visit NEDA the National Eating Disorder Association website. #NEDAwareness *** Christine never worried too much about her weight until age 18 when she arrived at college and started putting on the […]
What is Anorexia?
For more information about eating disorders and ways you can help make a difference for a young person in your life, or for yourself, please visit NEDA the National Eating Disorder Association website. #NEDAwareness *** Marsha was never satisfied with her body during middle school. She would complain she was fat and refused to eat, despite […]
What Are the Treatments for Eating Disorders?
For more information about eating disorders and ways you can help make a difference for a young person in your life, or for yourself, please visit NEDA the National Eating Disorder Association website. #NEDAwareness Because eating disorders are complex – and are caused by multiple factors – treatments need to address multiple influences. The major treatments […]
January 24, 2019
What if My Child has Oppositional Defiant Disorder?
The first time I met Jacob’s mother, she came into my office in tears. “You won’t like my son,” she said. “He is in the car in the parking lot and refusing to come in to see you, but this is nothing new. Yesterday he wouldn’t get dressed so I took him to Kindergarten in […]
December 27, 2018
What Does It Mean to Be “Gifted?”
Giftedness. It’s such a loaded word. Almost all parents think their children are gifted. And in a sense, they’re right. Watching a child grow from an infant into a human who can read, complete math problems, and have friendships seems miraculous. No wonder many parents think this way. Most people use terms like “bright,” “gifted,” […]
December 17, 2018
Q+A: I Struggle with Anxiety and See It in My 7-Year Old. I’m Worried – What Should I Do?
Question: I’ve struggled with anxiety my whole life and now I see my seven-year-old son struggle with it too. I’m worried about his future. Do you have any advice? Answer: It can be discouraging for many parents who struggled for years to overcome their own issues of anxiety, depression, or learning disabilities only to find similar issues […]