Many parents are faced with a teenager who is not getting down to homework and questions the value of study altogether. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q My daughter has just started the senior cycle but is finding it hard to knuckle down and do some work. She had a great transition year full of go(...)

A particular sensitivity to certain sensory experiences, such as noise, is a central component of many developmental disabilities such as attention deficit disorder, autistic spectrum disorder and dyspraxia.  Photograph: Thinkstock

Q My four-year-old daughter has a genuine fear of noise such as repetitive banging. I’m very concerned for her as she has just started school. She has(...)

Get your girls away from the TV with a family health project. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q I am a mum of two lovely girls, who are seven and just nine. Although they are doing very well and I have no major problems with them, I often feel (...)

Many sensitive children can become stressed by a ‘strict’ teacher. Photograph: Thinkstock Many sensitive children can become stressed by a ‘strict’ teacher. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q My nine-year-old son had a relatively unhappy year in school last year. He is a sensitive boy and did not seem to get on with his teacher, who wa(...)

On the first day, follow the teacher’s lead about settling your child in the class, about how long to stay, and when to leave, and so on. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q My son is starting school this autumn and I’m a little worried about how he will cope. His older sister started last year and was fine but she se(...)

Averting eye contact is a classic ‘safety behaviour’ that people display when they are experiencing social anxiety. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q I am the mother of a 16-year-old boy who needs help dealing with situations where he feels uncomfortable. For example, when he meets new people h(...)

It is very normal for sensitive children to become sad or upset over random incidents that don’t seem troublesome. Photograph: Thinkstock

I am writing to you in connection with my 4½-year-old daughter. She is a lovely, caring, intelligent girl who is also great fun. However, I am worr(...)

When a couple express their disrespectful communication in public, it can be embarrassing and difficult to witness. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q My 26-year-old son’s behaviour towards his girlfriend has been giving me cause for concern for some time. They have been together since they were in(...)

Bedwetting: it is believed the main cause of this in children over the age of four is constipation. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Q I’m at my wit’s end about my son who has just turned nine and wets his bed. We have tried everything and are now using a bed-wetting alarm, which my(...)

The central issue is how your son might understand a potential diagnosis of OCD. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q Thank you for answering our question about how to help our son, who displays symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). My husband and I ha(...)