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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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.1 day ago
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. Wishing all parents strength❣️
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.3 days ago
A colleague from Italy sent this to me from a play session, beautifully illustrating how play helps toddlers and children manage their feelings. If you are able, it's a great time to play with children, it will show you what's on their mind. #Playheals #Playsoothes #Beyondbehaviors
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.5 days ago
Please expect more tantrums and meltdowns during this pandemic. We can view them as a measure of the stress children are picking up from the situation. I hope this helps to know what to do to support. Take care ❣️#Beyondbehaviors #Resilience
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.7 days ago
Please expect that children will likely exhibit more challenging behaviors during this pandemic. Their routines are disrupted and they pick up on the ambient stress in our world. Patience, empathy and compassion will help all of us manage these uncertain times. Sending love ❤️
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.1 week ago
Although I wrote this post last spring as we transitioned to summer, the principles of transitioning with this sudden transition due to the pandemic also apply... Take care! #Positiveparenting #Pandemicparenting #Kidshome #resilience #childwelfare

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