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 Respond to Your Child’s Big Emotions

November 24, 2020

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Ask Ellen: How to Respond to Your Child’s Big Emotions

During challenging times, it’s normal for families to feel overwhelmed and anxious. But kids don’t always have the necessary skills to cope with those emotions, and this can sometimes lead to tantrums and meltdowns. What can parents do in these situations?  In our latest Ask Ellen Q&A, child psychologist Dr. Ellen Braaten took questions directly from parents, […]

CBT Snapshot: Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Anxiety Disorders

November 18, 2020

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CBT Snapshot: Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Anxiety Disorders

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a special kind of talk therapy that can be used to help with mental health challenges. In this CBT Snapshot series, Dr. Ellen Braaten gives a glimpse of what it looks like to use CBT for a range of mental and behavioral health disorders. Hillary was a 10th-grade student who constantly […]

CBT Snapshot: Using Cognitive Behavior Theory for PTSD

November 4, 2020

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CBT Snapshot: Using Cognitive Behavior Theory for PTSD

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a special kind of talk therapy that can be used to help with mental health challenges. In this CBT Snapshot series, Dr. Ellen Braaten gives a glimpse of what it looks like to use CBT for a range of mental and behavioral health disorders. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) treatment for Post-Traumatic […]

CBT Snapshot: Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Phobias 

October 21, 2020

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CBT Snapshot: Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Phobias 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a special kind of talk therapy that can be used to help with mental health challenges. In this CBT Snapshot series, Dr. Ellen Braaten gives a glimpse of what it looks like to use CBT for a range of mental and behavioral health disorders. Steve was a 9-year-old boy who was […]

Talking About ADHD

October 14, 2020

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Talking About ADHD

It’s normal to become distracted or disorganized from time to time. But some kids have more trouble paying attention and staying on track than their peers. In this Parent Strategy Announcement (PSA), Dr. Gene Beresin and Dr. Ellen Braaten describe the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and explain how parents can help kids […]

CBT Snapshot: Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy for ADHD

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CBT Snapshot: Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy for ADHD

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a special kind of talk therapy that can be used to help with mental health challenges. In this CBT Snapshot series, Dr. Ellen Braaten gives a glimpse of what it looks like to use CBT for a range of mental and behavioral health disorders. Matt was a 10-year-old boy who, according […]

My kids are 8 and 5 years old. How can I teach them executive function skills?

September 17, 2020

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My kids are 8 and 5 years old. How can I teach them executive function skills?

For answers to more caregiver questions about executive function skills and kids, tune in to our “Ask Ellen” Q+A with Dr. Ellen Braaten. My kids are 8 and 5 years old. How can I teach them executive function skills? Younger children aren’t really ready to have strong executive function skills, which include the ability to […]

Ask Ellen: How to Develop Your Child’s Executive Function Skills

September 15, 2020

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Ask Ellen: How to Develop Your Child’s Executive Function Skills

Executive function skills are essential for kids to thrive at school and at home. Planning, staying organized, and managing time are important for academic success and balancing the responsibilities of daily life. But what if your child is struggling with these skills?   In our latest Ask Ellen Live Q&A, our co-director Dr. Ellen Braaten took questions directly […]

My Child Was Diagnosed With Anxiety or Depression. How Should I Talk to Her About It?

July 22, 2020

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My Child Was Diagnosed With Anxiety or Depression. How Should I Talk to Her About It?

“Should I use the word anxious or depressed?”   “Should I talk about it at all with my daughter?”   “What should I say to my teenage son?”   “How can I even bring it up?”   These are just a few of the questions parents ask when their child is given a diagnosis of anxiety or depression.  It’s difficult to come up with […]

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 […]