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Sacked by your own Linemen

Last weekend I had the opportunity to meet with three incredible and accomplished moms as we prepared for a panel at the Profectum conference next month.  One topic of conversation caught my attention: when well meaning professionals entrusted to treat their children unknowingly cause stress for parents.  This can take various forms, but one example […]

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A Developmental Approach to Autism

One highlight of last week was a fabulous conference at the California Endowment Center featuring Dr. Dan Siegel talking about his new book about the teenage brain.  Instead of viewing teenagers as out of control pseudo-adults with raging hormones, Dan tackles these and other common myths to let us into what is really happening in […]

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The Benefits of “Top Down” Thinking

Scene from my morning walk: Two little girls, sitting at the bottom of a slide in the park.  A mom tries to soothe one of the little girls, crying hysterically, while the other child calmly tries to explain what happened. Girl #1, the very upset little girl, struggles to catch her breath while her friend […]

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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.2 days ago
In recent IEP meetings I'm reminded of how much better we can do for goals related to behavioral challenges, anxiety, and social emotional development. This post still speaks to the need. #SEL #IEP #Anxiety #Beyondbehaviors #socialemotional #earlyintervention #connectionfirst
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.3 days ago
Can I just say THANK YOU. I'm so grateful to each of you who weighed in when I asked if there was a need for such a book, for those of you who have read it, posted reviews, recommended it or let me know it made a difference. I'm overwhelmed with gratitude at how far it's traveled and how many have read it in the past 7 months. It's because of you, and I just want to say thank you. 🙏
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.3 days ago
Hi Friends, If you teach, work with or parent an anxious child, I recommend the Learning and the Brain Conference in SF, Educating Anxious Brains. So many specialists will be presenting including Ross Greene, Bruce Perry, Dan Siegel, Katie Hurley, LCSW,and me! I invite you to attend, and look forward to meeting you.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.4 days ago
Nurturant, engaging advice from amazing Janet Lansbury, thank you!
"If our attitude is trusting rather than fearful and uncomfortable, we’ll be able to nail the kind of delivery that is helpful to our child without it coming off as a correction or reflection of our disappointment."
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.4 days ago
A cornerstone for the paradigm shift in mental health, education & early intervention. #Polyvagal #resilience #Beyondbehaviors #relationshipsfirst #traumainformed #Braindevelopment
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.5 days ago
Yes, Kids do well if they can. Thanks Guy Stephens and colleagues at @livesinthebalance for your work, changing paradigms.

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