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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 days ago
Reading some of Serena Wieder & Stanley Greenspan‘s early work in the 1980s and 90s remind me how cutting edge his theories were and still are today. Neuroscience is increasingly focusing on studying multi sensory integration and processing and its role in mental health. #DIR #floortime ICDL - Home of DIRFloortime, Profectum
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.6 days ago
A new post! There were moments during the pandemic when it seemed this time might never arrive. But day by day, week by week, see some children are returning to classrooms. Even as we face the future, it’s important to reflect on how we have all endured a prolonged period of stress. We can use what we know about trauma responsive practices to face the moment. #Beyondbehaviors #traumaresponsive #COVID19 #education #specialeducation #childwelfare
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.6 days ago
"Meltdowns like my 3-year-old had on his second day of preschool or my 5-year-old had during morning meetings are not deliberate misbehavior. They are responses to stress. “What’s really happening is that the child is experiencing the world through their senses as uncomfortable or stressful,” Grateful to Romper and Emily P.G. Erickson, Writer for interviewing me for this article. #neurodiversity #Beyondbehaviors #meltdowns #tantrums
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.1 week ago
Instead of focusing on contingency charts and talk therapy, I made compassion and relational safety my guiding principles. I shifted from viewing behaviors as incentivized or motivated to understanding that they’re driven by the adaptive ANS and the drive for self-protection. Instead of seeing pathology or a DSM label, I observed human adaptation and a phylogenetic drive to feel safe. And I changed my advice to parents and educators. Instead of encouraging them to use rewards and consequences, I urged them to employ techniques designed and personalized for each child’s neuroception of safety. #Beyondbehaviors
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.1 week ago
Yes!! Maybe the world is beginning to look #Beyondbehaviors & use compassion & neuroscience to stop the bias & harm against children who need support. #JuvenileJustice #childwelfare #endseclusion #traumaresponsive
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.1 week ago
Yesterday, we had a graphic with a silhouette made of the phrases autistic people hear all the time-- from therapists, teachers, parents, friends, employers, and partners-- that push autistic people into a life of #masking and living inauthentically.

Today, we are posting what phrases and words are more conducive to a life lived with authenticity and emotional resilience.

Yes, there will always be people who will reject what is different, who believe children should be seen and not heard, who think that “normal” means superior-- and that is why we will always have traumatized people trying to push the status quo into a more accepting and inclusive way of existing.

Accommodating for #autistics, #ADHDers, and all marginalized groups makes the world a safer, healthier, more vibrant place for ALL people. All people would benefit from an existence that is more concerned with what works and what is True over what is “popular” or “normal.”

This is what acceptance looks like.

Special thanks to the talented @DissentByDesign for this beautiful art.

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#ActuallyAutistic #ActuallyADHD #ADHD #ABAtherapy #ABA #Autism #Compliance #AutisticMasking #CodeSwitching #AutismAwareness #AutismAcceptance #AutisticAcceptance #AutismAwareness
#Autism #SuicidePrevention #SLPsofInstagram #Education #SEND #SPED #ieps #accommodations #PeakWeaver

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