Unstable emotions and behaviors underlie several learning disabilities and mental health conditions. Dialectical Behavior Therapy has been used successfully with adolescents struggling to regulate attention, mood, anxiety levels, substance use, and eating habits, as well as those who have suicidal thoughts and self-injurious behaviors.
by Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP, with Eve Kessler, Esq. for Smart Kids with LD
In a well-intentioned—but misguided—effort to protect our children from failure, we’ve created a generation lacking the skills to overcome adversity. But it’s never too late to change the dynamic. Here’s how to get started helping your children develop grit, the quality that will allow them to live their best lives.
For various reasons fathers are frequently skeptical when their kids are diagnosed with learning challenges. Their reluctance to accept an LD or ADHD diagnosis may exacerbate negative behaviors at home and at school. To overcome the problem, Ryan Wexelblatt, an expert who specializes in boys with ADHD, also works with dads to help them better understand their child’s challenges.
COVID-19 has limited most everyone’s social life, but for kids with LD and ADHD who normally struggle with social issues, the pandemic is having an outsized impact on emotional health. Building the social skills kids need to weather the loneliness of online learning and social distancing falls to parents.
by Dave Sylvestro with Eve Kessler, Esq. for Smart Kids with LD
Parents play a key role in helping a child with a negative attitude adopt a more positive outlook. Being intentional in how you communicate is fundamental to building confidence, resilience, and independence • Even when resolving conflicts, choose your words carefully.