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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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 […]

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

Tune in wherever you get your podcasts. Just search for “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 […]

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 […]