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Richard Selznick, Ph.D


Richard Selznick, Ph.D is a Psychologist, Nationally Certified School Psychologist, Graduate School Professor, University Professor of Pediatrics and School Consultant. The author of two books, The Shut-Down Learner: Helping Your Academically Discouraged Child and the recently published School Struggles: A Guide To Your Shut-Down Learner’s Success, Dr. Selznick has presented to parents and educators internationally, as far as Dubai and Abu Dhabi and throughout the United States .

A down-to-earth presenter who looks to discuss difficult topics in non-jargon terms, Dr. Selznick tries to present complex issues in down-to earth terms.

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Posts by Richard Selznick, Ph.D:

  • Listen Up Moms: Trust Your Judgment

  • March 4th, 2018
    Research in education and psychology. Over the last thirty years, research in education and psychology that is focused on struggling children produces one consistent truth—early identification and intervention trumps [...]

  • Homework Shenanigans: Turning Down The Heat

  • July 8th, 2013
    It would be interesting if we could take a psychological temperature reading across the country while homework is being conducted. Typically from four in the afternoon to about 9 o’clock at night. My sense is that, [...]

  • Lost Opportunities In Every Day Interactions

  • June 9th, 2013
    Marnie, a five year-old came to my office accompanying her mother who wanted to talk to me about her older sister, Jocelyn. When I went out to greet the mom, Marnie was on some type of head set connected to a small [...]

  • Hedonistic Pirates: Modern Indulgences

  • May 29th, 2013
    One day I was working in one of my favorite local café’s to focus down and get work done. Sitting close by was the unwitting subject of this discussion. The café is a public place. There were lots of people sitting [...]

  • “Help, My Child Is Drowning In Worksheets”

  • April 1st, 2013
    I recently met parents of a kindergarten child named Cameron who is showing all of the signs of early school struggling. As parents will often do, they brought in sample of the child’s work.  They showed me worksheets [...]

  • On Zombie Pigs, Aliens & ADHD Boys

  • February 22nd, 2013
    There are competing agendas out there within the professional realms that I operate. On one hand there are the parents and the schools trying to get a segment of the population (ADHD boys) to get on track and be connected [...]

  • Why Your Kids Are Tuning You Out

  • February 5th, 2013
    Modern parenting can  make you nostalgic for the good old days. You know, the days when kids went outside to play and basically didn’t see their mother for a solid eight hours (except when she made them a nutritious [...]

  • 10 Parenting Resolutions For The New Year

  • January 2nd, 2013
    The more miles I have logged in working with children and their parents the less definitive I find myself. There are few absolutes when dealing with kids and the complexity of variables that are affecting them.  Variables [...]

  • Letting Parents Off the Hook (sort of)!

  • December 12th, 2012
    It’s a two way street for parents. When their kid is a dutiful citizen, smiling in circle time, raising his or her hand, getting the homework handed in on time, the parents swells with pride, thinking something like, [...]

  • Is the Parent Badgering Factor Running Too High?

  • November 30th, 2012
    It’s December. We’re into the second quarter of the school year.  The dance is in full swing. All across America each evening  this dance is being played out in millions of homes.  It’s the “Don’t You Have [...]

  • ADHD/ADD: Trouble With Boredom

  • November 26th, 2012
    When was the last time your kid came home and said, “Mom, guess what, I got a really cool worksheet today!!!” My guess is it has not happened to date.    Frankly, the worksheets that I see (and I see tons of them) [...]

  • “Go Up To Your Room and Start Your Work”

  • November 12th, 2012
    How many households in America each night hear the refrain, “Go up to your room and start your homework”? Recognizing that each household is set up differently, it is hard to make generalizations about how and where [...]

  • Is Your Child a Shut-Down Learner?

  • November 5th, 2012
    Matthew age 15,  comes into my office with his mother. Right from the start it was clear that Matthew had not read Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends & Influence People.”  Matt was clearly shut down and [...]

  • The “Curriculum Ship:” It Has to Get to the Other Side!!!

  • October 22nd, 2012
    I met with a kid today who is going to be soon falling off the Curriculum Ship. This Ship leaves port every September with one apparent mission – to get to the other side. The captain will keep the crew focused.  [...]

  • Kindergarten Mom: Help, My Child is Shutting Down

  • October 17th, 2012
    Anxiety over your child’s school-based problems can start very early. A mom recently contacted me after reading The Shut-Down Learner. “My son is drowning in school.  Do you think he could be a shut-down learner?” After [...]

  • School Struggles

  • October 11th, 2012
    Janine, is a sweet 8-year-old child. She is charming, bubbly, spontaneous and fun to be around.  Janine is also struggling at school and the gap is widening between where other children are in her grade level and the [...]

  • Getting Beyond the IQ Score

  • September 24th, 2012
    More than IQ score When I do testing one of my least favorite questions that I inevitably get is, “So what’s his/her IQ?” In previous blogs, I have tried to illustrate how the IQ can hold a child hostage to not [...]