Building Confidence in Children & Adolescents with Learning Differences
Dr. Ryan Strosser
Dr. Ashley Freiman
Dr. Evan Mehlman
Many children and adolescents struggle academically, some to the point that they are diagnosed with a learning difference. Depending on the assistance provided, this can have a profound impact on their confidence which is typically an unseen stressor. These individuals may struggle with several co-occurring mental health concerns, such as anxiety, depression, and ADHD to name a few. Yet, they have the same potential as everyone else and we can level the playing field by helping them develop confidence in themselves and push through their fears. In this episode of Experts in Learning Differences, one well-known psychologist and two psychology residents all with extensive experience using evidence-based treatments will provide practical techniques to help increase self-esteem in children and adolescents, improve communication skills, and develop confidence in their abilities.

Meet Our Speakers

Ashley Freiman, Psy.D., has over a decade of experience and treats patients throughout the lifespan - children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. She uses a person-centered approach to collaborate with her clients and is skilled in cognitive behavior therapy, mindfulness, and reminiscence therapies. Dr. Freiman has worked in a variety of settings, including private practice, major university hospitals, county government, and research and community mental health centers.
Evan Mehlman, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and has been working in the Weston community since 2001. He has extensive experience using evidence-based treatment methods to address a range of conditions, including OCD, anxiety, depression, selective mutism, and Tourette’s Disorder; and he provides psychological, psychoeducational, and neuroeducational testing for learning disabilities, giftedness, emotional/psychological conditions, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Mehlman takes pride in teaching other clinicians the benefits of evidenced-based practices to ensure that all clinicians are receiving the same training and skills he has been able to provide to his patients. He loves his work and is proud to live within the community he serves with his wife, two children, and four dogs.
Ryan Strosser, Psy.D., specializes in helping individuals who have experienced recent and past trauma and is passionate about social justice. Dr. Strosser has traveled to Guyana, South America several times in the past year where he currently is working to establish mental health support for various groups, including medical students, hospital staff and providers, police, and faith communities. He is humbled by the opportunity to work with people in Guyana and hear their stories of survival and resilience.
Our mission is to help children and adolescents take control of their lives, face their fears, and learn to navigate uncertainty with confidence. We strive to provide a caring and compassionate atmosphere and create healthier minds and happier individuals throughout our community.  
- Dr. Evan Mehlman, Licensed Clinical Psychologist