10 Things A Parent of a Child or Adolescent With OCD Should Know- With Elena Fasan, LCSW

For this episode, I had the privilege to talk with Elena Fasan about the 10 things a parent with a child or adolescent with OCD should know! Elena is a child and adolescent OCD and anxiety disorder specialist and is an expert in parenting OCD.

Thank you for listening to this very long episode. If you have questions for Elena, please feel free to contact me and I will forward then to her.

Here are the resources suggested by Elena and discussed on the episode:

Books for Parents of Children and Adolescents with OCD:

  • What To Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck by Dawn Huebner
  • Freeing Your Child From OCD by Tamar Chansky

Parenting Books:

  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk, How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk, How to Talk So Kids Can Learn at Home and in School, & Siblings Without Rivalry by Adeler Faber & Elaine Mazlish
  • Positive Discipline by Jane Nelson
  • Unconditional Parenting: Moving From Rewards and Punishment to Love and Reason by Alfie Kohn
  • Parenting From the Inside Out by Daniel J. Siegel and Mary Hartzell
  • Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn (I forgot this one)
  • The Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind & No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel

Books on child and adolescent development: 

  • Series by Louise Bates Ames: Your One-Your Old, Your Two-Year Old, Etc. – Describes normative development across multiple domains by age
  • The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults by Jane E. Jensen & Amy Ellis Nutt
  • Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Daniel J. Siegel

Combination of development and parenting:

  • The Wonder of Boys: What Parents, Educators and Educators Can Do to Shape Boys Into Exceptional Men, The Wonder of Girls: Understanding the Hidden Nature of Our Daughters, The Minds of Boys: Saving Our Sons from Falling Behind in School and Life, & The Minds of Girls: A New Path for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Successful Women by Michael Gurian
  • Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood by Lisa Damour
  • Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys by Dan Kindlon & Michael Thompson 
  • Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls by Mary Pipher & Ruth Ross


  1. Lyndall Hertzler

    This was my first podcast of yours & it was helpful (listened to it over the past 2 days!), especially points 3 & 4 about authoritative parenting & strengthening the family. Thanks Elana & Kevin. I am now going to search for your podcast about finding a good OCD therapist as this is where we are currently at. Also ordered 2 different workbooks for teens as well as 2 reference books on OCD.

    • Hi Lyndall,

      Thanks for listening to the episode! We are so glad that you found the episode helpful. Elena put a lot of work and thought into the points she shared and I was confident they would resonate with a lot of people. I hope you enjoy the past episodes and find them just as helpful.

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