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Kevin Kennedy, Ph.D.  
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Specialties: Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
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Braintree, MA
My Posts
Jun 30, 2013 in the Child Behavior Expert Forum - 3
You are being unrealistic if you think that several months of experiencing this situation is going to resolve it. Remember - this is a very young child and you are expecting an awful lot of him. It sure doesn't sound like this situation is going to work out. You're not ready, nor is his father, to be managing this together yet. There's much wor...
Jun 30, 2013 in the Child Behavior Expert Forum - 1
Your child displays symptoms consistent with a language-based learning disability and he requires specialized instruction. It would be prudent to reconsider the home schooling arrangement. If children pose no special needs, home schooling can be reasonable. But in the presence of special needs you will likely be underserving your child.
Jun 28, 2013 in the Child Behavior Expert Forum - 3
Children this age are basically pleasure-seeking creatures, and you can be sure she has learned that the behavior brings pleasure. Basically I would ignore it because it would be pointless to set limits on it. It will wane. Try to keep her busy with hand-held toys during the times she is seated in the circumstances you described. In other words, distract her ...
Jun 28, 2013 in the Child Behavior Expert Forum - 1
No, it is not typical three-year-old behavior. When she was not doing what she was told they should have placed her in time out. In other words, all that is necessary is to manage the behavior in a systematic way. At the age of three years it is a moot point whether or not she may be hyperactive. You are certainly not going to treat (i.e., with medication) an...
Jun 28, 2013 in the Child Behavior Expert Forum - 1
This situation invites monitoring. One would expect more progress re: acquiring language, but at age 20 months there is not cause for alarm. See how the next six months go and, if you don't see some increased momentum re: adding and using words, seek evaluation with Speech/language pathologist.
Jun 28, 2013 in the Child Behavior Expert Forum - 1
It is clear you are a worrier, even if you had not pointed it out. Your daughter is displaying normal behavior and her responses to you do not invite concern. As a side note, my guidance is to alter the bedtime arrangement. It's not useful to children to 'teach' them that they need to be with you to fall asleep. Eventually you are going to disp...
Jun 25, 2013 in the Child Behavior Expert Forum - 1
This Forum focuses on child development issues, including emotional and behavioral issues, but does not address medical conditions such as your son's. I am not qualified to weigh in on his symptoms except to urge you to continue the medical pursuit.
Jun 25, 2013 in the Child Behavior Expert Forum - 1
At his age of 30 months this is indeed a cause for worry. His expressive language delay invites evaluation by a speech/language pathologist and you should ask his pediatrician to arrange this.
Jun 24, 2013 in the Child Behavior Expert Forum - 1
It is enough that he is owning this behavior. Be vigilant about enforcing this limit. Parental intervention, including sound limit setting, is the acceptable intervention at this point. You might consider estblishing a reward system to help maintain his motivation. As they say, though, the devil is in the details.
Jun 24, 2013 in the Child Behavior Expert Forum - 9
This situation invites a systematic program of behavior management. You will find such a system in Lynn Clark's book SOS Help for Parents (see www.sosprograms.com). Be sure to follow his instructions precisely.