Mona Delahooke, PhD, is a clinical and consulting pediatric psychologist specializing in supporting children and families. She has dedicated her career to promoting compassionate, relationship-based interventions for children with developmental, behavioral, emotional and learning differences.
Recently, a 13-year-old autistic student died after staff members at his Northern California school physically restrained him for an extended period. And the parents of a non-speaking, autistic 12-year-old have sued his school for placing him in a seclusion room after a behavioral outburst. Teachers forced the child to strip naked before they placed him [...]
February 3rd, 2019
In my last post, I suggested that we should appreciate meltdowns for what they are: a child’s way of signaling that he needs something from the adults around him—or from his environment. When a child experiences a meltdown or tantrum or acts aggressively, he is communicating that he has exceeded his ability to intentionally control [...]
January 21st, 2019
Anger, meltdowns, and tantrums get a bad rap. As parents, we worry that these behaviors indicate that our child is choosing to misbehave or that we’re somehow failing as parents. The judgmental stares and glances we get from onlookers only increases those insecure thoughts. We read books about what to do and try to tame [...]