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What to Consider before Starting Childhood Behavioral Therapy

Aly’s sleep problems were becoming so challenging that now her parents were losing sleep. For years, the five-year-old had woken up several times nightly. When a pediatrician’s advice failed to alleviate the problem, her parents sought help from an agency that offered their daughter sleep training using a behavioral approach. After just three weeks, Aly […]

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Three Keys to Helping Children Build Resilience

I was walking on a paved path beside the Pacific Ocean when a little girl approached on a bike, obviously in her first, tentative days of learning to ride. Spotting me in her way, she wobbled a bit to avoid hitting me. As I prepared to help her, she regained her bearings and quickly swerved […]

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The Key to Improving How IEP Teams Support Children’s Social and Emotional Needs

Since his first day of kindergarten, “Justin” had struggled to manage the demands of his new school. When teachers asked him to transition from one activity to the next, he would often fuss, kick or run away. He routinely “overreacted”  to simple tasks and activities, and it seemed that no matter how much praise, or […]

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Why It’s a Mistake to Prioritize Behavior Goals Over Social-Emotional Development

It was almost dinner- time, and little “Max” was hungry and tired. After a busy and active afternoon, he was in the midst of a lengthy home session with his behavior therapist when his mother stepped in the door from work. Smiling with delight, the boy instinctively ran toward the door to offer a greeting, […]

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Early Intervention: Don’t Let a Diagnosis Define Your Child

More children are being identified with developmental challenges and receiving early intervention than ever before. While a diagnosis is critical to securing services to help children develop to their true potential, it can also have unintended negative consequences, including stress and anxiety for parents. It’s essential to find the help, energy and time for services […]

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Emotional Regulation: The Springboard of Children’s Mental Health

When I was young, I couldn’t wait until my grandmother came to stay with us every summer. We sat in the garden for hours, laughing, talking and playing games. With her by my side, I felt that I could face anything. Her loving presence always helped to calm the storms of my childhood mind. Even […]

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Why We Can’t Let Play Disappear from Children’s Lives

An essential ingredient has been slowly disappearing from children’s lives: free, spontaneous play. Many factors have converged to cause the decline of play. Technology absorbs more and more of children’s attention. Schools pile on academic pressures earlier and earlier. And parents are increasingly opting to place their children in structured extracurricular activities. That makes today’s […]

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Autism Approaches Should Respect Children’s Emotions

Nearly thirty years ago, as a newly minted clinical psychologist, I was fortunate to learn about social-emotional development from the writings of such pioneers as John Bowlby, who launched the field of study known as attachment theory. Bowlby was among the first to recognize the importance of early emotional attachments and their positive impact on […]

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Deconstructing Oppositional Defiant Disorder

By the time Stuart hit second grade, his teachers had pegged him as a “problem child.” They knew he came from a loving home and could discern right from wrong, but still, he frequently started fights and caused classroom outbursts. By tenth grade, he had been in and out of various therapies and special schools. His […]

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Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.3 days ago
So many decisions when school lets out! My latest post on reducing stress and increasing joy in the transition to summer vacation. #Resilience #Positiveparenting #Joy #Coregulation #Relationshipsfirst
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.2 weeks ago
“We are failing to help children with disruptive behaviors because our understanding and approaches are not consistent with current brain science,” Thrilled that Beyond Behaviors is featured in this article on Classroom Management. #Beyondbehaviors #Education #Braindevelopment #IEP #SpecialEducation
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.2 weeks ago
I was interviewed about disruptive behaviors for this free summit beginning tomorrow, Thursday May 16th.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.2 weeks ago
Here's my response to why planned ignoring is missing the bigger picture of behaviors as the tip of the iceberg with important meanings we must first identify-- to make sure the child isn't in an instinctive (not learned) stress reaction. #specialed #paradigmshift #emotionsmatter
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.2 weeks ago
What are your thoughts? Thank you in advance.