How to Find a Good Therapist, Especially for ADHD
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How to Find a Good Therapist, Especially for ADHD

Dear Dr. Wes: What tips do you have for finding a good therapist, particularly for a child with ADHD? Thanks, Simon This is an issue of great interest to many readers, Simon. So, I’m going to answer it more generally and then add in a few specifics about ADHD kids and families. First, consider consulting your…

Can a School Require My Child to Take Medication?
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Can a School Require My Child to Take Medication?

Dear Dr. Wes: I heard you on Up to Date with Steve Kraske talking about IEPs, 504s, and student improvement plans and medication management with psychotherapy. The school told us that if my child didn’t take medication, he’d be kicked out of elementary school. Can they do that? Dear Listener: The short answer is “no.” No school…

Don't Get Played: Choosing Quality Play Therapy For Your Child
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Don't Get Played: Choosing Quality Play Therapy For Your Child

Play therapy. What is it?  Who needs it?  Who can provide it?  Play therapists are often questioned about the validity of their work, as the very idea of play therapy, or playing during therapy, seems of little relevance.  Surely, there can’t be any benefits or growth by “just playing,” right? In reality, play therapy can…

Question or Command: Which gains your kid's attention?
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Question or Command: Which gains your kid's attention?

Every parent feels like a broken record at some point. Having to ask your child or teen 15 times to get something accomplished is frustrating and builds resentment. Many parents find themselves managing a lot of “shoulds” i.e the kids “should” listen, they “shouldn’t” have to repeat themselves, the kids “shouldn’t” be ignoring what is…

Child Proofing Your Divorce
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Child Proofing Your Divorce

I see many adults still caught in the pincer of their parent’s divorce. Therapists have for years been pushing the idea that kids are more important than hashing and rehashing your bad marriage or divorce. Yet, that memo doesn’t always seem to be read. If you’ve been down that path yourself, it may surprise you to learn…