Ellen Braaten, Author at MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds

Articles by Ellen Braaten, Contributor

Ellen Braaten, Ph.D. is a contributor to 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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Ask Ellen: How to Keep The Learning Going This Summer

July 9, 2020

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Ask Ellen: How to Keep The Learning Going This Summer

Summer is often a time when families seek to balance fun and structure. But many are feeling uncertain about what lies ahead due to disruptions to their kids’ school year and changes in their summer plans. What can parents do to keep up their children’s learning and development over the summer? How can they make […]

My Son Was Just Diagnosed With ADHD. How Do I Talk to Him About It?

July 8, 2020

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My Son Was Just Diagnosed With ADHD. How Do I Talk to Him About It?

Educating yourself is a great way to prepare for this discussion, and there are a lot of resources on our website to get you started. Because there are a lot of misconceptions about ADHD, you’ll also want to start by educating your child about what the diagnosis is. Depending on the age of your child, […]

Cómo Obtener Una Evaluación Básica Realizada A Través De Su Distrito Escolar

June 26, 2020

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Cómo Obtener Una Evaluación Básica Realizada A Través De Su Distrito Escolar

¿Cómo se completa una evaluación básica a través de su distrito escolar local? Bueno, la respuesta corta es: “Usted La Solicita”. Sin embargo, si usted es un padre que ha intentado completar una evaluación a través de su sistema escolar, o que actualmente está atravesando ese proceso, podría estar diciendo: “No es tan simple”. Y […]

Medications: For Better or Worse? – Shrinking It Down

June 24, 2020

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Medications: For Better or Worse? – Shrinking It Down

Many parents of kids struggling with a mental health issue have concerns – even fears – about medication as a part of treatment. Will it help? Will it hurt? What are the side effects? Today, Dr. Tim Wilens, chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, joins Gene and Ellen to […]

Q+A: What Should I Tell My Daughter About Her Dyslexia Diagnosis?

June 18, 2020

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Q+A: What Should I Tell My Daughter About Her Dyslexia Diagnosis?

Although some parents worry that “labeling” their children’s problems will somehow damage them or make them feel bad about themselves, the fact is that the majority of people (kids and adults, alike) are relieved to know that what they are struggling with or suffering from has a name. By telling your child, in age-appropriate language, about dyslexia, you are validating what she […]

La Importancia del Sueño para el Bienestar Emocional de los Niños

June 11, 2020

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La Importancia del Sueño para el Bienestar Emocional de los Niños

Tengo una confesión que hacer. Raramente duermo lo suficiente. Sé que es importante para mí, pero con demasiada frecuencia la vida se interpone. No estoy solo. La mayoría de los adultos no duermen lo suficiente, y esto puede ser particularmente cierto para los padres que hacen malabarismos con múltiples tareas y los diferentes papeles que […]

Problemas de Aprendizaje 101

May 26, 2020

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Problemas de Aprendizaje 101

El término “discapacidad de aprendizaje” se refiere a problemas en un área de aprendizaje, específicamente lectura, escritura o matemáticas, pero también conocidos como “dislexia” (problemas en la lectura), “disgrafía” (problemas con la escritura) o”discalculia” (problemas con las matemáticas). De estos tres, el trastorno de lectura es el más común. En general, para recibir un diagnóstico […]

Ask Ellen: How to Advocate for Your Child’s Learning

April 22, 2020

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Ask Ellen: How to Advocate for Your Child’s Learning

A learning disability causes difficulty in an area of learning, such as reading, writing, or math. Challenges in one or more of these areas can affect a child’s ability to thrive in the classroom. But it’s not always clear to parents what to do when their child is struggling. Where can you turn to get […]

COVID-19: Mental Health Check-In – Shrinking It Down

March 26, 2020

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COVID-19: Mental Health Check-In – Shrinking It Down

Life as we know it has changed since our last episode. Concerns, disruptions, and uncertainty surrounding the new coronavirus disease have affected us all. While we can’t immediately change this public health crisis – though we can do our part by staying home if we’re able! – we do have the power to change how […]

Is Your Teen an Emotional Sponge? – Shrinking It Down

February 26, 2020

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Is Your Teen an Emotional Sponge? – Shrinking It Down

Peers can be an excellent source of social support, and it’s great that more young people today talk to friends about their emotional challenges. But for every teen who shares, there’s another teen absorbing the info like an emotional sponge. And while it feels good to help a friend, it can also feel overwhelming – […]