Posts from Beverly H. Smolyansky, PhD
Help Identifying Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Kids
Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is an often mislabeled mental health condition. Some children may be “oppositional” or “defiant” at times, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that they have ODD or meet the clinical criteria. Learn some questions to ask to help identify it.
COVID-19 & Kids: Identifying Mental Health Problems and Getting Help
A report finds that anti-anxiety, antidepressant and anti-insomnia prescriptions have increased across all age groups amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Symptoms for these mental health problems aren't always obvious in kids. A child psychologist helps parents identify the warning signs and offers some strategies to help.
Steps To Help Ease Kids’ Fears and Anxieties About COVID-19
As the news is changing rapidly about COVID-19, parents may be wondering how to talk to their kids about the disease to help ease their fears and anxieties. A child psychologist explains how.
Using Positive Praise to Inspire Behavioral Change
Positive praise comes easily for most parents. But if we want our kids to truly get better at something, or to change their behaviors, we have to get specific. Read a child psychologist's tips on how to do that.
Lying in Younger Kids: Why it Happens and What to Do About It
When preschoolers lie, it can be both a hilarious and disconcerting experience. The good news is that it is actually a normal developmental milestone. Read why lying happens and what parents can do about it.
Misconceptions about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in Kids
OCD is an often misunderstood condition. For instance, the depictions we see on TV, like obsessive cleanliness, don't reflect the full scope of this neurological brain disorder. Read 4 misconceptions about it:
The ABCs of Biting in Infants and Young Toddlers
Biting in infants and young toddlers can be disconcerting for parents and kids alike! The good news is that for the most part, it is a typical part of early childhood. When parents want to know if the behavior is "normal," one of our child psychologists explains that we have to first evaluate the ABCs of biting.
10 Tips For Getting Out of the House With Fewer Tears (Maybe!)
Getting your family out of the house in the morning on time, without any tears, seems like an impossible feat. Read a psychologist's practical tips to help.
5 Bigger-Picture Suggestions To Help Build Kids’ Self-Confidence
Kids with a healthy self-confidence typically grow into self-confident adults! Read five bigger-picture suggestions to help them achieve this important trait.
9 Steps to Help Kids Manage Their Anger
There is no quick fix for helping kids to manage their anger. But there are some strategies we can employ to help them regulate it better. Read 9 steps:
Understanding and Help Managing Preschool Temper Tantrums
If we can understand why preschool temper tantrums happen, we will be more likely to prevent and manage them. A child psychologist offers tips.