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Easing the Emotional Toll of the Coronavirus Pandemic

The enormity of the Coronavirus pandemic is beginning to take hold.  As we make day-to-day decisions — whether to attend religious services, whether to send children to school, whether we should opt to work from home for now — we’re all struggling with the anxiety of the unknown. Every aspect of life is affected, from […]

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Lessons From a Six-Year-Old in a Squad Car

The scene on the video is heartbreaking. An adorable six-year-old girl walks away from her elementary school—escorted not by her teacher or a parent, but by a sheriff’s deputy. “Am I going to jail?” the girl asks. “No,” the officer replies, “you’re not going to jail.” Seconds later, the girl slides into the back seat […]

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School Refusal and the Power of Social Engagement

Eight-year-old Charlise struggled to get through nearly every day of third grade. She refused to go to school so often that her mother had to physically escort her into the car, and then into the classroom each day. All week, she complained of stomach aches brought on by anxiety. But at home on the weekend, […]

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Child Discipline: Time to Shift the Lens

The Monitor on Psychology’s October 2019 article, “Teaming Up to Change Child Discipline” described how parenting advice such as “spare the rod and spoil the child” is now debunked and outdated. This is an important shift, considering that 60% of children aged 3-4 in the US are spanked by their parents. In regards to the […]

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How Teachers Can Take A More Compassionate Approach to Behaviors

Jalene’s teachers were at a loss about how to deal with the fourth grader’s habit of dashing wildly through the halls of her public school. Her IEP team made an effort, devising a behavior plan that called for teachers to reprimand her for the behavior, remove her from the classroom, or to ask her to […]

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Do Time-Outs Work? It’s Time to Reframe the Question

Are time-outs an effective strategy for parents to cope with children’s challenging behaviors? Before I studied early childhood development, I occasionally used time-outs with my own children because they were touted as an effective and appropriate discipline technique. Decades later, a debate is raging about whether or not this is true. A recent Time article tried […]

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Are Baby-Soothing Gizmos a Good Parenting Choice?

Years ago, as a sleep-deprived mother of a colicky baby, I once felt so desperate after trying every imaginable way to soothe my crying infant that I finally placed her in her car seat atop the washing machine, holding her in place with one hand as the washer rumbled below. After a few minutes of […]

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Top-Down and Bottom-Up Behaviors: Understanding the Critical Difference

Did you know that there are (at least) 2 different kinds of behaviors? Most people don’t. I didn’t, even after years of college, training, and earning a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Most graduate programs in mental health, education, social work, and medicine don’t yet consider this dichotomy important enough to teach or train about. But […]

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Why We Misunderstand Behaviors in Autistic Children— And How We Can Get It Right

An Indiana school recently made headlines after one of its special education teachers presented an autistic fifth grader with an award for the “most annoying male” at a school ceremony. While the incident was unfortunate in many ways, perhaps most disturbing was how it revealed that even people who work closely with such children can […]

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Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.3 hours ago
Oh my Goodness!! 1000 reviews! I’m so overwhelmed and GRATEFUL for this Facebook community and everyone who has supported this book. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for sharing your stories with me, writing reviews & sharing the book and most of all for YOUR support for this PARADIGM shift that is swimming upstream and challenging systems.🙏🏼❣️
And thank you to my amazing editor Tom Fields-Meyer, Karsyn Morse with the incredible team PESI
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.3 hours ago
Highlight of my weekend! Enjoyed a walk with my grandbuddy who is so excited for Halloween she had to test out the costume early!

#Grandbuddy #Halloween #PreciousMoments
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.3 days ago
Friends, this is kind of the moment we've been waiting for--some sort of evidence that the paradigm shift proposed in Beyond Behaviors is making a difference in medicine or education. Yesterday, I found out about a powerful and supportive book review in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, one of the biggest in the field. It's behind a paywall, but here's what gives me hope that this approach may be reaching psychiatrists and the medical system. Thank you again for your support, your encouragement and for sharing the book, it is making a difference, and here's a bit of proof (and the encouragement we all need).

..."our sense is that mid-to-late career attendings
might use this book for a developmental theory
update, helping to understand perspectives that have
emerged over the last 10 to 20 years, including polyvagal
theory and embracing the concept of neurodiversity. Above all, this is a book about dignity, helping children and adults to maintain theirs by seeing beyond superficial labels (“bad,” “explosive,” or “disruptive”) in favor of deeper, organized analysis" #Beyondbehaviors #childpsychiatry #childpsychology #ODD #FASD #attachmentdisorders #brainbodyparenting Psychotherapy Networker
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.6 days ago
The secret's out! Friends, due to the overwhelming support for Beyond Behaviors, we've created a Beyond Behaviors FLIPCHART, a tool that you can use as a parent, teacher or therapist to explain the basic principles of the Beyond Behaviors approach. I will be using it in IEPs, therapy sessions, parent-teacher meetings, and in study groups. It contains the key points of the book, with some new wording and graphics, and it has a laminated side that you can use to fill in and re-use as a way to track a child's stress responses & individual differences. I'm SO excited to see what you think! It just went up for Pre-sale and I'll be doing a Live soon once I get my copy! And I've ordered extra copies to give out on December 7th, so sign up to my email list,to be in the drawing for a free Flipchart. Here's the link. https://monadelahooke.us3.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=79b4b11bfb6fdbfd46b6c15b8&id=e9e6abb593 #Beyondbehaviors #BeyondbehaviorsFlipChart #paradigmshift
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.1 week ago
Halloween is right around the corner. 🎃 While your kids might be looking forward to the candy, you have an opportunity to see the workings of their imagination and inner life!

In my recent blog, I share how to nurture your child’s creativity, reduce stress and check in with them emotionally. Have fun!

#Halloween #Costumes #Imagination #BrainBodyParenting #BeyondBehaviors #Parenting
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.1 week ago
I’m overwhelmed with gratitude every time a new translation of Beyond Behaviors comes out. To all of you who have recommended, written reviews, shared about the book and the paradigm shift-- it’s because of you & it belongs to you! 🙏🏼We now have Spanish, German, Polish, UK English, Mandarin, with Turkish and Ukrainian coming! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

#BeyondBehaviors #NewTranslation #paradigmshift #education #earlyintervention #childwelfare