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Being “Nonverbal” Doesn’t Mean I Can’t Think

When professionals automatically equate “nonspeaking” with “low functioning,” they underestimate student’s intellectual capacities, often removing children from inclusive programs to place them in separate special education classes that may not be appropriate or academically sufficient.

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Picky Eating: A Precursor of Trouble Down the Line?

A three-year-old eats only chicken nuggets and french fries. A four-year-old limits her diet to light-brown crackers and bagels. These children are considered “selective eaters” to pediatricians. Moms and dads know them as “picky eaters.” A study released this week in the journal Pediatrics found that moderate and severe cases of selective eating in toddlers […]

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Disorderism: How to Make Sure People See Your Child and Not a Diagnosis

How to make sure people see your child, and not a disorder.

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The Hidden Costs of Planned Ignoring

There are downsides to planned ignoring in behavioral therapies and ABA. This article describes what they are.

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When the Tantrums Won’t Stop: Understanding the Impact of Sensory Triggers

“Alicia” was an active, talkative four-year-old, but even the smallest change in her morning routine could throw her into fits of whining, crying, and hitting. If her mother tried to put her in a top other than one of two soft, light-blue t-shirts she preferred, Alicia screamed and sobbed wildly. Just being in  crowded restaurants […]

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Building Resilience for You and Your Child

I am very grateful to the Kids in the House Organization for the opportunity to support parents and caregivers through their extensive videotape library. Here I share four things parents can do to build resilience in yourself and your child. It’s often difficult to prioritize self-care when the world is spinning so quickly and your schedule […]

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Attention Seeking for a Purpose: Understanding Behaviors in a New Way

This post explores a new way of viewing attention seeking behaviors.

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Three Ways to Help your Special Needs Child Feel Safe and Loved

Recently, while waiting in a school office for a meeting to begin, I noticed a little boy at an empty desk, staring out a window.  A secretary was busy working as staff came and went, and as I waited, I wondered why this little boy was there.  On my way out he was still there, […]

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Tuning in to the Emotional Lives of Children with Special Needs

One of my trusted guides about the world of autism treatment is Ido Kedar, a talented high school senior who blogs at Ido in Autismland. Here’s what Ido has to say about the professionals who worked with him over many years: “My experts have missed the mark most of my life. Kind of like a […]

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Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.21 hours ago
School's starting here, and it's a perfect time to think about those behavior charts, clip charts, and "change your color" charts. Thanks Dr. Emily W. King, Child and Adolescent Psychology for giving us food for thought! #Education #specialeducation #Beyondbehaviors #SEL #Socialemotional #childstress #childbehaviors Parents
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.2 days ago
If you parent or work with children with behavioral challenges or autism spectrum, this interview on NPR show Lifestyles shows how we can better support classrooms and our communities. Hope you can listen and comment! #behaviors #Specialeducation #Autism #neurodiversity #education #traumainformed #childwelfare #Beyondbehaviors #IEP #specialneeds #ODD
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.5 days ago
This new post explains why we can do away with the blame- game in helping children with behavioral challenges. #challengingbehaviors #mentalhealth #beyondbehaviors #polyvagaltheory #ODD #Positiveparenting #specialeducation #childwelfare #ACES #conductdisorders Psychotherapy Networker
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.5 days ago
Powerful tip from Tina Payne Bryson & our local treasure, The Center for Connection. When you move your body into different positions, you activate emotions, thoughts, and feelings associated with that posture. Add playfulness while doing this! Ask your kids to show you what their bodies look like when they feel brave — have them actually strike a physical pose. Standing brave helps us feel brave or take 2-3 minutes to assume a floppy noodle posture, or an octopus, or any other posture that is super floppy and relaxed. Hold it for a couple of minutes.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.2 weeks ago
Do you know the difference between top- down and bottom- up behaviors? If you’re a parent, teacher, provider (or know a child) understanding the difference is so important. #parenting #socialemotionallearning #childwelfare #ACES #Beyondbehaviors #Education #Specialeducation #Fostering #Positiveparenting #Traumainformed