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Supporting Behaviorally Challenged and Neurodivergent Students in Education and Special Education

“Davon”, a quiet and loving eight-year-old boy diagnosed on the autism spectrum, was placed in a special education class with ten other classmates. Unable to use spoken language, he employed a picture-exchange system to communicate. His teacher worked hard to determine what he needed or wanted, yet often Davon would wail loudly and move about […]

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As Kids Return to School, Five Ways Teachers Can Support Emotional Health

Whether classrooms are reopening virtually or in person, we’ve never seen a new school year like this one. And never has it been more important for teachers to relieve their students’ stress and bolster mental health. We know that students learn best when their bodies and brains are in a calm, alert state. That’s difficult […]

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How to talk to your child about wearing a mask

It’s not easy to be a parent during a pandemic. As school districts debate whether or when to reopen, families find themselves struggling with the implications of those decisions. One of the most significant is the requirement to wear masks — in school, in public, and other times we come close to people outside our […]

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Addressing Implicit Bias in Our Schools

The protests and headlines of recent weeks have forced many of us to examine our lives and communities through a new lens. In the process, we have opened our eyes to bias and discrimination as never before. Consider the experience of Loren, a Black child whose teachers treated him differently from his white peers from […]

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Raising Resilient Kids and the Role of Distress Tolerance

Sharon and James struggled with infertility for years before they finally adopted a newborn they named Ross. An adorable bundle of energy, he filled their lives with light.  But when the child was four, the couple came to me with a concern: Ross wouldn’t accept “no” for an answer. He always expected things to go […]

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Amid the Pandemic, Going Easy on Our Kids — and Ourselves

There has rarely been a time that’s more universally challenging for parents. Amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, families across the globe are sequestered at home. While this is the best way to stay safe and keep others safe, it comes with its own difficulties. As a child psychologist, I’m fielding daily calls and emails from […]

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Home Together: How to Use This Unique Opportunity to Strengthen Children’s Resilience

Few of us ever imagined a situation as pervasive and scary as the Coronavirus pandemic, but I have hope that we can turn this crisis into a unique opportunity for our children and for us to build the special kind of resilience that comes from facing adversity. Crises like this one give our innate emotional […]

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Easing the Emotional Toll of the Coronavirus Pandemic

The enormity of the Coronavirus pandemic is beginning to take hold.  As we make day-to-day decisions — whether to attend religious services, whether to send children to school, whether we should opt to work from home for now — we’re all struggling with the anxiety of the unknown. Every aspect of life is affected, from […]

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Lessons From a Six-Year-Old in a Squad Car

The scene on the video is heartbreaking. An adorable six-year-old girl walks away from her elementary school—escorted not by her teacher or a parent, but by a sheriff’s deputy. “Am I going to jail?” the girl asks. “No,” the officer replies, “you’re not going to jail.” Seconds later, the girl slides into the back seat […]

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Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.10 hours ago
Awareness and self compassion are our allies in parenting & caring for children❣️
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Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.1 day ago
Many thanks to Phyllis Fagell for interviewing me and the excellent information she provides about how to help middle schoolers-and all students get back their mojo after a year of stress. #relationalneuroscience #middleschool #resilience #education #specialeducation #Beyondbehaviors
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.1 day ago
In education and even in psychology, there’s a tension between focusing on behavior management and teaching children how to behave well, and developmental approaches that emphasize the foundation of relationships that help nervous systems wire for safety. The field of relational neuroscience is unequivocal that the latter is the way to go. #Beyondbehaviors #relationalneuroscience #parenting #education #relationshipsfirst
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.2 days ago
Thanks Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint
#education #specialeducation #ODD #FASD #relationalneuroscience
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.2 days ago
Thanks Greg Santucci, Occupational Therapist, for the reminder that we are wired for connection.
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Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.3 days ago
I recently updated this article I wrote a while back about early intervention and support for autistic children beyond ABA.
#specialeducation #polyvagaltheory #relationalneuroscience #education #autism #neurodiversity #neurodiversityacceptance #earlyintervention

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