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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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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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Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.3 days ago
Friends, this is kind of the moment we've been waiting for--some sort of evidence that the paradigm shift proposed in Beyond Behaviors is making a difference in medicine or education. Yesterday, I found out about a powerful and supportive book review in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, one of the biggest in the field. It's behind a paywall, but here's what gives me hope that this approach may be reaching psychiatrists and the medical system. Thank you again for your support, your encouragement and for sharing the book, it is making a difference, and here's a bit of proof (and the encouragement we all need).

..."our sense is that mid-to-late career attendings
might use this book for a developmental theory
update, helping to understand perspectives that have
emerged over the last 10 to 20 years, including polyvagal
theory and embracing the concept of neurodiversity. Above all, this is a book about dignity, helping children and adults to maintain theirs by seeing beyond superficial labels (“bad,” “explosive,” or “disruptive”) in favor of deeper, organized analysis" #Beyondbehaviors #childpsychiatry #childpsychology #ODD #FASD #attachmentdisorders #brainbodyparenting Psychotherapy Networker
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.6 days ago
The secret's out! Friends, due to the overwhelming support for Beyond Behaviors, we've created a Beyond Behaviors FLIPCHART, a tool that you can use as a parent, teacher or therapist to explain the basic principles of the Beyond Behaviors approach. I will be using it in IEPs, therapy sessions, parent-teacher meetings, and in study groups. It contains the key points of the book, with some new wording and graphics, and it has a laminated side that you can use to fill in and re-use as a way to track a child's stress responses & individual differences. I'm SO excited to see what you think! It just went up for Pre-sale and I'll be doing a Live soon once I get my copy! And I've ordered extra copies to give out on December 7th, so sign up to my email list,to be in the drawing for a free Flipchart. Here's the link. https://monadelahooke.us3.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=79b4b11bfb6fdbfd46b6c15b8&id=e9e6abb593 #Beyondbehaviors #BeyondbehaviorsFlipChart #paradigmshift
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.7 days ago
Halloween is right around the corner. 🎃 While your kids might be looking forward to the candy, you have an opportunity to see the workings of their imagination and inner life!

In my recent blog, I share how to nurture your child’s creativity, reduce stress and check in with them emotionally. Have fun!

#Halloween #Costumes #Imagination #BrainBodyParenting #BeyondBehaviors #Parenting
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.1 week ago
I’m overwhelmed with gratitude every time a new translation of Beyond Behaviors comes out. To all of you who have recommended, written reviews, shared about the book and the paradigm shift-- it’s because of you & it belongs to you! 🙏🏼We now have Spanish, German, Polish, UK English, Mandarin, with Turkish and Ukrainian coming! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

#BeyondBehaviors #NewTranslation #paradigmshift #education #earlyintervention #childwelfare
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.1 week ago
What a memorable conversation with Janet Lansbury, one of my favorite parenting heroes, so grateful she had me on her podcast! 🙏🏼❣️
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.1 week ago
Often called something that sounds nurturing like a calm -down room, these rooms are most often used for behavioral management. Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint