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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.6 hours ago
Friends, Sue Simmons has a lovely and supportive FB support moms's support group. Take a look if you are a mom of a neurodiverse child for a warm and hopeful Community :) Lemons to Lemonade - ASD Moms Group
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.2 days ago
I loved talking to Parenting ADHD & Autism Penny Williams about going beyond labels, "disorders", and behavior management to helping support each child's nervous system. Please listen and share with teachers, and therapists so we can see all behaviors as valuable information and not something to simply get rid of. #Beyondbehaviors #paradigmshift #ADHD #autismacceptance #neurodiversity
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.3 days ago
As always, such an important message from Janet Lansbury, difficult emotions are a part of being human, and we should treatment them with just as much tolerance and respect as we do positive emotions! ❣️#socialemotional #resilience
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.6 days ago
I’ll be talking to Debbie Zeichner, LCSW about how to support our children’s emotions/behaviors during these unstable times. Free and airing on Wednesday July 8th! Please join us❣️

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