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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.2 days ago
Amy Laurent, thank you. THIS is essential information. We are in a new era of understanding autism, but our practices are in the dark when they focus on behavioral management and compliance. Listen to the voices of autistic individuals and join a growing group of us who who believe these practices must change. #neurodiversity #autism #specialeducation #shifttheparadigm #flipthenarrative #relationshipsfirst
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Letting Go of Control and Rethinking Support for Autistic Individuals | Amy Laurent | TEDxURI
Instead of trying to control the behaviors of individuals with autism to make them indistinguishable from the general public, Amy Laurent, PhD, OTR/L suggest...
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Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.2 days ago
Unfortunately, many of our treatment strategies for vulnerable children involve punitive measures which only serve to reinforce a pattern of toxic stress. Punishment of behaviors can increase stress responses and behavior challenges, not decrease them. That's why we need a shift in our thinking. #ACES #BeyondBehaviors #toxicstress #Childwelfare #Neurodiversity #ODD #FASD #traumainformedcare
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.4 days ago
This was a fun article to weigh in--Question was: Why are toddler brothers Fighting so much!? Answer: Is it fighting or is it play? #childdevelopment #positiveparenting
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Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.6 days ago
If your child has severe behavioral challenges or you work with children who do, please share this post so that we can reform practices of seclusion and restraint. Thanks Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint for publishing this guest post. #endseclusion #beyondbehaviors #togetherstrong #ACES #traumaresponsive #ODD #specialed #neurodiversity

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