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Learning about Autism from the Experts

We have much to learn about autism.  Fortunately, both awareness and research is increasing dramatically.  Another rich source of information comes from the true experts: individuals with autism.  Two of the most compelling books on my kindle are Ido in Autismland by Ido Kedar and The reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida.  These two young […]

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Supercharged Early Intervention: Part Two

Supercharged early intervention describes what can happen when relationship- based principles harness the power of positive emotions between caregiver and child.  This adds dynamic forces that makes therapy more fun, and also allows for better learning, as memories of these joyful experiences take hold over time.  Here are some things you can look for or […]

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Supercharged Early Intervention

As part of my responsibility as a child psychologist on multidisciplinary teams, I have the opportunity to observe my little patients in many settings, including  classrooms, homes, and OT (Occupational Therapy) clinics. I recently observed two different children in their OT treatment and found a striking contrast between the two. The first clinic at a […]

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Know that you have Choices!

When your child is diagnosed with autism or a developmental delay, in an ideal world, you would have a range of treatment choices to choose from based on your child’s unique needs.  The reality, however, is that programs throughout the country utilize varying approaches, and the availability of services varies greatly from state to state, […]

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Turning a Bad Day Into An Opportunity

How many parents dread the “he’s had a really tough day” comment from the teacher at pick up time?  And what does that comment really mean?  If a child with special needs has “behaviors”—especially disruptive behaviors—most often the conversation addresses the need to decrease those behaviors as soon as possible.  This is understandable, but what […]

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Welcome!

This blog is dedicated to members of a very special community: families, clinicians, teachers and researchers of children experiencing developmental or emotional challenges. In my work as a clinical psychologist and consultant with families, schools and social service agencies, I am grateful each day for the opportunity to dialogue with parents and colleagues. This is […]

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Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.3 hours ago
Dear Friends, THANK YOU for your support! Yesterday was a wild Amazon ride, as the book sold out! Anyway, Amazon figured it out and you should receive copies very soon. GRATITUDE to PESI & to Tom Fields-Meyer, my editor, AND mostly, ALL OF YOU for your interest not only in the book, but the cause. I can't wait to hear what you think! Mona ❤️
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.1 day ago
It's Publication day!

I'm so excited to be sharing an approach to reduce suffering for children and teens who are so often misunderstood.

My heartfelt gratitude to all of you who helped me write this book by offering advice and sharing your stories. A special thank you to my incredible editor Tom Fields-Meyer, and colleagues, Tina Payne Bryson, Katie Hurley, LCSW Dona Matthews Joanne Foster Megan Stilwill Mim Ochsenbein Nicole Schwarz, Imperfect Families Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff, Ph.D. Profectum Laura Markham Serena Wieder & Dr. Stephen Porges, and too many others who have been so supportive!
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.2 days ago
Tomorrow is Launch Day!
I wrote the book because I've witnessed too much suffering resulting from our outdated approaches for our most behaviorally challenged children. Together we can create a paradigm shift away from shame and blame and towards an appreciation for neurodevelopment & compassion.
❤️ Thank you for all your support for this project over the past year!
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.1 week ago
Amidst the popular focus on self-regulation among professionals, educators and parents, too often we miss a significant point: we cannot really "teach" a child to self-regulate. #neurodevelopment #challengingbehaviors #resilience #childwelfare #beyondbehaviors #selfregulation #selfcompassion #ACES
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.1 week ago
We had a wonderful conference put on by the Profectum Foundation this past weekend. We learned how PLAY heals trauma and supports children's development. So much fun seeing treasured colleagues from around the globe! Special thanks to Kendra Delahooke MFT, my daughter & colleague who snapped photos & joined the DIR community & to PESI Publishing -- rushed copies to the conference where I had my first book signing! Launch in one week! #shiftingparadigms #childwelfare #neurodiversity #Beyondbehaviors
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.2 weeks ago
Great day at the Profectum Conference in San Marino, Ca. Here's the FB live feed of my closing words about the power of Play. #playbased #DIR #Beyondbehaviors #Preschoolsuspensions #resilience #childwelfare #fostercare
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.