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Why Your Child Can’t Access Coping Skills When They Need Them Most

Many parents try to empower their children by teaching them techniques to calm themselves when they’re upset: breathing slowing, doing calming yoga poses, thinking positive thoughts. Recently, I did an informal survey, asking parents whether their kids ever have trouble using these kinds of coping skills. The overwhelming response: yes! Not only do children fail […]

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Halloween: An Opportunity for Creativity and Connection

With Halloween around the corner, kids’ thoughts begin turning to candy and Jack-o’-lanterns. The autumn holiday offers something else, too: an opportunity to nurture your child’s creativity and, in the process, check in with them emotionally. Anytime children let us in on the workings of their imaginations, they’re providing us with valuable glimpses into their […]

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Finding our Way Back: How Trauma-Responsive Practices Can help us Face this Moment

There were moments during the pandemic when it seemed this time might never arrive. But day by day, week by week, children are returning to classrooms. Even as we face the future, it’s important to reflect on how we have all endured a prolonged period of stress. Over many months, we have experienced cues of life […]

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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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Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.2 days ago
Happy (almost) Thanksgiving! I’m thankful for the gift of parenthood and to be a part of the beautiful connection between parents and their children.

I hope together we can shift the paradigm and believe that all behaviors offer insightful information about our kids.

#HappyThanksgiving #Thankful #Parenting #BeyondBehaviors #BehaviorsAreInsights
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.3 days ago
Every person’s experience is different, so what’s the best way for you to show up for them? Mental health advocate Sahaj Kaur Kohli provides you with 8 dos and 8 don’ts.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.3 days ago
We all may benefit from a pause during the Holiday Season. Thank you Maggie Dent for creating this wonderful tool, the parental pause. And read about it in her blog post:
https://bit.ly/2YNipIB

#TheParentalPause #positiveparenting #BeyondBehaviors #Parenting
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.4 days ago
If you are looking for gifts this season, an autistic artist created some lovely graphics for a wonderful community group's fundraiser. #celebrateneurodiversity #everybrainisbeautiful
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.5 days ago
You can not expect a student to return to school as if nothing happened if they are restrained and/or secluded at school. #endseclusion
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.1 week ago
This is so good. Thanks Janet Lansbury for sharing words of Phyllis Fagell❣️