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How the mental health field does a disservice to boys – Ryan Wexelblatt, LCSW

A fellow clinician asked me if I would work with her son who she felt possibly exhibited some symptoms of ADHD specifically in terms of testing limits and some impulsivity (which was not outside the norm for his age). After meeting with this second grader several times I explained to his mother that I did … Continue reading How the mental health field does a disservice to boys – Ryan Wexelblatt, LCSW

How fear-based parenting is detrimental to developing social skills & executive functioning.

How fear-based parenting which is not based in facts denies kids of the opportunity to develop social and executive function skills. Mom: "With how the world is today I just can't let him run all over the place." Ryan: "Actually you can, kids are the safest they have ever been in history, crime is at … Continue reading How fear-based parenting is detrimental to developing social skills & executive functioning.

Moving from “stuck thinking” to “flexible thinking” with a 2nd grader.

This bright 2nd grader I was working with produces little work in math class and will not do math homework without his parents sitting there. Asking him to work independently produces fake crying, self-defeating comments, etc. I pulled out this puzzle game yesterday and he zipped through the first 3 puzzles in 10 minutes. He … Continue reading Moving from “stuck thinking” to “flexible thinking” with a 2nd grader.