Topic: Parenting

Ain’t Misbehavin: Understanding Challenging Behaviors from the Inside Out

Challenging behaviors are not always intentional misbehavior. We have to understand the meaning behind them in order to best support each child.

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Why Spanking is an Ineffective form of Discipline

The ongoing debate about spanking heated up again this week, as this topic continues to capture the interest of the media and parents.  I do not judge the intentions of parents who feel that spanking is an appropriate form of punishment.  Fundamentally, parents love and want to protect their children, and prepare them for living […]

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The Benefits of “Top Down” Thinking

Scene from my morning walk: Two little girls, sitting at the bottom of a slide in the park.  A mom tries to soothe one of the little girls, crying hysterically, while the other child calmly tries to explain what happened. Girl #1, the very upset little girl, struggles to catch her breath while her friend […]

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Supercharged Early Intervention: Part Two

Supercharged early intervention describes what can happen when relationship- based principles harness the power of positive emotions between caregiver and child.  This adds dynamic forces that makes therapy more fun, and also allows for better learning, as memories of these joyful experiences take hold over time.  Here are some things you can look for or […]

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Turning a Bad Day Into An Opportunity

How many parents dread the “he’s had a really tough day” comment from the teacher at pick up time?  And what does that comment really mean?  If a child with special needs has “behaviors”—especially disruptive behaviors—most often the conversation addresses the need to decrease those behaviors as soon as possible.  This is understandable, but what […]

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