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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Connect First: Parenting Reminders As You Prepare For Summer

Connection is important for all of us, especially for children who are still developing in many ways. Research continues to show us the multi-dimensional benefits of interpersonal connection, including learning self-regulation skills. It is important for us to connect in two directions: towards ourselves and away from ourselves. Connecting within helps us to be aware […]

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Emotional Intensity in Gifted Children

Does emotional intensity go hand-in-hand with giftedness? Meghan Barlow, PhD, of Meghan Barlow and Associates, will discuss why gifted children may have more extreme emotional reactions, explosions, and anxieties. Dr. Barlow will provide a perspective to help families understand how their child’s intensities can be framed as strengths and she will also provide tips on […]

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