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A Nurturing Alternative to Calm-Down and Time-Out Rooms

Rose’s parents and teachers were concerned about how to help her find success in kindergarten. Sometimes she went with the flow but at other times Rose fussed so much that she disrupted the whole class. Then her teachers devised a plan that everyone thought would help. They designated a small, separate section of the classroom […]

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What Causes Oppositional Defiance and Challenging Behaviors?

We can shift our mindset from viewing ODD as manipulative behavior to seeing it as an indicator that the child’s physiological state has shifted to distress, leading to fight or flight behaviors.

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Oppositional Defiance or Faulty Neuroception? Part 2

Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) should be viewed as a child's response to stressors. Porges' concept of neuroception is key in supporting children and creating treatment plans to help them find their way back to emotional regulation.

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Oppositional Defiance or Faulty Neuroception?

Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) should be viewed as a child’s response to stress. Viewing challenging behaviors on a continuum of stress and stress recovery reveals a whole new way to think about this stigmatizing disorder, as well as a new way to support children, informed by current neuroscience.

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The Top Priority When your Child is Diagnosed with Developmental Differences

We want to shift away from viewing developmental differences as something that needs to be quickly “fixed”. Rather, we need to soften the stance to view differences with patience and compassion; with reflection regarding what behaviors or capacities should be targeted for change, and why

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Self-Reg: Busting the Myth of Self-Control

A new book, Self-Reg, explodes the myth that if only children tried harder or had enough willpower, they could control all of their challenging behaviors. The reality is much more complicated than that.

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Relationships in Special Education: We Must Do Better

Far too often, children with special educational needs experience disruptions in relationships, including frequent changes in aides, teachers and school placements, causing stress.

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A Mother’s Day Gift for Ourselves

A recent parenting study shed light on something so simple yet so profound that it may be one of the best gifts you can give yourself and your child.

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The Critical Ingredient that Should Be Part of Every IEP

My wish for families during this IEP season is that emotional regulation, supported by engaged relationships, finds its way into every discussion about a child. A child’s ability to feel safe and engaged provides a solid foundation for all areas of learning and socialization.

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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.
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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.