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See Inside Scientific American Mind Volume 25, Issue 2

Calming a Child's Mind

New techniques help kids develop healthy behaviors and lasting resilience



PJ LOUGHRAN

A healthy child is not only physically fit but also mentally well. In this special section, we describe cutting-edge therapies for three of the most common psychological problems in children: severe anxiety, disruptive behavior and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Articles in this Special Report

  • Fear Not, Child
    Children can overcome intense anxiety by being encouraged to do just what they fear most 
     
  • Behave!
    An interactive parent-training programcan stamp out behavior problemsin kids—and abuse from parents 
     
  • Concentrate
    A game-style intervention for preschoolers might prevent ADHD from developing, reducing reliance on medications
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