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Parents Know Best: Why the Educational System should Stop Marginalizing Parents

It’s past midnight and “Amanda”can’t fall asleep. She’s focused on her meeting the next morning at the school where her son is struggling in a program not suited to his unique needs. As she mentally rehearses her appeal for better support for him, she’s also bracing herself for the response she expects: polite “no’s” and […]

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Children’s Mental Health: Everyone’s Responsibility

Amelia’s parents contacted me because of a problem in Kindergarten. Her teachers reported that she often began to cry around lunchtime, and when they asked her why she was crying, she couldn’t answer them.  They tried to distract her, and even offered her a trip to the class “store”, (stocked with fun prizes) if she would […]

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The Developmental Iceberg: Looking Below the Surface of Challenging Behaviors

Behavioral challenges are the “tip” of the iceberg, and the answers to helping children are often found below the surface of behaviors. Take Ben, for example, who was a puzzle to his parents and teachers alike. In kindergarten, he struggled to stay in his seat, and his teachers constantly reprimanded him for not complying with […]

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When Children Act Out: “Seeking Negative Attention” or Needing to be Seen?

Decades ago, when I was in graduate school studying child psychology, I was taught that children often do things to get “negative attention.” At my clinical training sites, it was common to hear things such as, “Oh, Johnny is creating drama to seek negative attention” and “The best strategy is to ignore him.” When I […]

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The Power of Hope from Childhood Professionals

Several years ago at a professional training I conducted on parental stress, an 80-year-old mother raised her hand to share an insight. A psychologist and mother, she explained that she had a 50-year-old son with special needs. “Everyone told us to institutionalize him,” she said, “that he would be functioning at the lowest levels, and […]

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How We Help Children When We Practice Mindful Acceptance

Recently I experienced a difficult moment with a young client—and gained some insight in the process. In the midst of a session in my office, something triggered the 8-year-old boy into a “red zone” and he suddenly burst out yelling and screaming. His mother and I had seen this happen before, and we typically reacted […]

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The Body Tells the Story: The Promise of Sense Technology in Supporting Vulnerable Children

Improving the well-being of children and families is a priority for Dr. Rosalind Picard, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who studies “affective computing,” which uses sense technology to increase individuals’well-being using new ways to understand and respond to emotion. Dr. Picard has developed wearable sensors that reveal an individual’s level of cognitive, emotional, […]

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ADHD or a Natural Need to Move?

Rodney came from a family of athletes, so it wasn’t surprising that he was physically active from the time he was a toddler. Tall and strong, he crawled for just a couple of days before he learned to walk, and, soon after, run. Rodney thrived at his preschool, where children could freely move between the […]

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When Sensory Over-Reactivity Underlies Behavioral Challenges

Grant, age four, was asked to leave two preschools because of misbehavior. With tousled brown hair, big brown eyes, and a playful spirit, he both charmed and confused most of the adults in his life. He had such difficulty following directions that his teachers had to reprimand him every few minutes. They described him as […]

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Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.2 days ago
In recent IEP meetings I'm reminded of how much better we can do for goals related to behavioral challenges, anxiety, and social emotional development. This post still speaks to the need. #SEL #IEP #Anxiety #Beyondbehaviors #socialemotional #earlyintervention #connectionfirst
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Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.3 days ago
Can I just say THANK YOU. I'm so grateful to each of you who weighed in when I asked if there was a need for such a book, for those of you who have read it, posted reviews, recommended it or let me know it made a difference. I'm overwhelmed with gratitude at how far it's traveled and how many have read it in the past 7 months. It's because of you, and I just want to say thank you. 🙏
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Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.3 days ago
Hi Friends, If you teach, work with or parent an anxious child, I recommend the Learning and the Brain Conference in SF, Educating Anxious Brains. So many specialists will be presenting including Ross Greene, Bruce Perry, Dan Siegel, Katie Hurley, LCSW,and me! I invite you to attend, and look forward to meeting you.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.4 days ago
Nurturant, engaging advice from amazing Janet Lansbury, thank you!
"If our attitude is trusting rather than fearful and uncomfortable, we’ll be able to nail the kind of delivery that is helpful to our child without it coming off as a correction or reflection of our disappointment."
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.4 days ago
A cornerstone for the paradigm shift in mental health, education & early intervention. #Polyvagal #resilience #Beyondbehaviors #relationshipsfirst #traumainformed #Braindevelopment
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Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.5 days ago
Yes, Kids do well if they can. Thanks Guy Stephens and colleagues at @livesinthebalance for your work, changing paradigms.

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