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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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School Refusal and the Power of Social Engagement

Eight-year-old Charlise struggled to get through nearly every day of third grade. She refused to go to school so often that her mother had to physically escort her into the car, and then into the classroom each day. All week, she complained of stomach aches brought on by anxiety. But at home on the weekend, […]

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Child Discipline: Time to Shift the Lens

The Monitor on Psychology’s October 2019 article, “Teaming Up to Change Child Discipline” described how parenting advice such as “spare the rod and spoil the child” is now debunked and outdated. This is an important shift, considering that 60% of children aged 3-4 in the US are spanked by their parents. In regards to the […]

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How Teachers Can Take A More Compassionate Approach to Behaviors

Jalene’s teachers were at a loss about how to deal with the fourth grader’s habit of dashing wildly through the halls of her public school. Her IEP team made an effort, devising a behavior plan that called for teachers to reprimand her for the behavior, remove her from the classroom, or even force her to […]

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Do Time-Outs Work? It’s Time to Reframe the Question

Are time-outs an effective strategy for parents to cope with children’s challenging behaviors? Before I studied early childhood development, I occasionally used time-outs with my own children because they were touted as an effective and appropriate discipline technique. Decades later, a debate is raging about whether or not this is true. A recent Time article tried […]

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Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.2 days ago
I so enjoyed talking with Janet Lansbury about my favorite topic, #challengingbehaviors.
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Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.5 days ago
Just wanted to share this lovely children's book I just read. It has messages of love, acceptance, empathy, inclusion and diversity and fun pictures. Very sweet and affirming. ❣️
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Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.6 days ago
Yes, Janet Lansbury Let feelings be.
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Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.7 days ago
We need to think about all that needs to be done once schools reopen. This article explains the lens shift in education that comes with an understanding of translational neuroscience. #challengingbehaviors #Beyondbehaviors #Resilience #Education #Specialeducation #ODD #FASD #PDA #Polyvagaltheory
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Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.1 week ago
Initial data from a large research study out of the University of Oregon's Center for Translational Neuroscience. Not surprising that families with young neurodiverse children are additionally stressed during this pandemic. #Neurodiversity #Autism #Specialneeds #Compassion

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