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The Pacifier Question: Why Not to Make Your Toddler Go Cold Turkey

Robby was two years old when his dentist told his parents that it was time to lose the pacifier. Concerned at the professional’s warning that using it was causing misalignment of the boy’s jaw, they took heed and soon made it disappear. That’s when the trouble began. Before long Robby had difficulty falling asleep. Within […]

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Autism Acceptance: How Celebrating Differences Can Stop Bullying

It seemed like simple gesture. A college football player who was visiting a middle school spotted a red-haired sixth grader eating lunch alone, so he joined him. Then the boy’s mother posted a photo on Facebook capturing the moment: her autistic son sitting across a cafeteria table from Travis Rudolph, the Florida State University wide […]

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Preferred Interests: Supporting Children on the Autism Spectrum

Thomas was proud of his young son “Roger’s” remarkable knowledge of birds. Roger’s grandmother, an avid bird watcher, had shared birding books and toy bird replicas with the boy when he was young, and he had shown such great enthusiasm for the topic that at age 3, Roger could identify more than 50 types of birds. […]

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Ten Things to ask for when Your Child is Diagnosed with Autism or Developmental Differences

As a pediatric psychologist I know that families’ journeys can be fraught with unexpected challenges. Discovering that your child has differences can be daunting. And sometimes, making sure that your child’s needs are properly met by the outside world can be even more stressful. One aspect I am especially passionate about as a psychologist is […]

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Toddlers’ Mental Health: The Drawbacks of a Diagnosis

Recently a pediatrician phoned me with a concern about a three-year-old patient I see in my psychology practice. During a routine visit, the doctor said, “Karson” had bitten him.  In fact, the young child had a history of behavior problems. “Do you think there’s a diagnosis?” the doctor asked me. I told her I wasn’t a fan […]

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Toddler Tantrums: Help from Neuroscience

Charlie’s parents felt like they were walking on eggshells. A simple family party often set off the three year-old. The unfamiliar setting, the commotion, and relatives trying to hug and kiss the boy could easily send him into a kicking and screaming fit. Usually quiet, Charlie routinely burst into tantrums for reasons neither his parents nor […]

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What Makes an Education “Appropriate”? Building It on Relationships

Every IEP team should assure that a child has the chance to develop emotional regulation through trusting relationships. Without that opportunity, meaningful learning is impossible.

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Reducing Children’s Stress (and Yours!) During the Holidays

It’s supposed to be a time of joyful excitement, but the truth is that the holiday season can be stressful for children and parents alike.

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Lessons from Spin Class: The Limitations of Encouragement

Are we doing children a disservice by insisting on mind over matter? Some food for thought on how to tailor encouragement to suit each child's unique needs.

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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
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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
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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.