When to Worry: Balance, Patterns, and Progress

The books I have found to be among the most useful as both a child psychologist and a parent are a series of books by a developmental psychologist, Louise Bates Ames, and a pediatrician, Frances L. Ilg. Each book highlights the stages that typical children progress through fairly predictably. The authors are careful to remind […]

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Preparing Your Spectrum Teen/Young Adult for Living Independently: Caring for Health and Well-Being at College

Most people are more academically prepared for college than they are prepared to live a healthy life at college.  Presented by Dr. Andrew Schlegelmilch, Ph.D., this session includes discussions about eating, sleeping, socializing, and exercising for the sake of promoting well-being.  It also includes talk about effective supports parents can provide, including engaging the help […]

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Parenting with a Growth Mindset

In the last few years there has been increased buzz in education about growth vs fixed mindset. Carol Dweck, a psychologist, has led the research into the impact of one’s mindset on performance and achievement. She identified two types of mindsets: growth mindset and fixed mindset. Dr. Dweck identified that individuals with a growth mindset […]

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Strategies for a Successful Summer Break

While many children will be thrilled by the end of the school year, anticipating lazy days and sleeping in, the prospect of summer break isn’t always that pleasurable version for parents. And if you have a child with emotional or developmental issues who is challenging in the best of times, long breaks can in fact […]

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Helping or Hurting? Where Parenting Strategies Go Wrong

If you listen closely, you can almost hear the collective sigh of relief from parents as the end of the school year approaches. While the prospect of a summer break from school will be a welcomed change for some families, others may feel they’re trading missing assignments and getting-out-of-bed complaints for fighting over electronics, messy […]

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