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My daughter wants to do art

Published:Wednesday | November 26, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Q: My daughter has decided to quit college and paint portraits. My head is spinning. She was planning to teach art, but has now decided to try an art business venture. She is only 18. Can I stop her?

A: Encourage your daughter to pursue her passion, but remind her that bills must be paid. If she can complete college credits in the evenings or in a summer session, that would be a good idea.

Q: How do I stop my 10-year-old from fighting boys who tell him that the bald patches on his head remind them of certain


A:Remind your son that he is too smart to fight persons who are not caring. You may ask the teacher to speak with them, too. Continue to encourage and motivate him.

Q: My child has been diagnosed with global developmental delay? What is that?

A:Global developmental delay is a diagnosis usually given to children under five years of age who have not met many of the normal life milestones such as walking, talking and speaking at the time they should.

The children are usually too young to be tested by some of the regular tests, and the psychologists or paediatricians

usually ask the parent(s) to revisit the office after a particular period of time so a more specific diagnosis may be made.

n Orlean Brown-Earle, PhD, is a child psychologist and family therapist. Dr Brown-Earle works with children with learning and behavioural problems throughout the island and in the Caribbean. Email questions to or send to Ask the Doc, c/o The Gleaner Company, 7 North Street, Kingston. Responses to concerns are to be considered as general, as cases shared with psychologists privately would be queried more deeply. Pray always!