Transitions are Tough: A Whole New Understanding

Transitions can be tough – we hear it all the time. I have just gained a whole new understanding of what that means and it took me quite by surprise. Here is a little window into my experience and what I learned from it. I recently moved my home and while I knew the move was […]

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To Media or Not to Media – This is the Question

Parents often ask me whether they should let their children play video games, watch TV, be on their iPods, iPads, etc. Particularly kids with attention difficulties or on the autistic spectrum can bury themselves for hours in media. It is a tricky question – I can lose a child in a nanosecond with the “wrong” […]

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Special Olympics and the Power of Acceptance

On May 1st I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Special Olympics School Program held at Acalanes High School in Lafayette, CA, just down the street from my office. (In fact I walked there to be eco-friendly and get my daily walk in!) Schools from 3 area counties brought students to participate. Many students […]

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Bring Back the Wonder….

There was an article in my local newspaper recently that stated, ” More parents are using IPad, other tech gadgets to keep young kids occupied, entertained while at home, out and about.” The author, Rasha Madkour, writing for Associated Press, goes on to quote many parents who wouldn’t go out without their iPads or phones […]

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Insights into Adolescent Behavior and Learning

(Adapted, with permission, from Turning Point: Some Pivotal Insights into Behavior and Learning, by Judith Bluestone – creator of the HANDLE® paradigm.) The developmental stage of adolescence is a complicated one to say the least. It is a time when pulling away and the desire for independence live alongside vulnerability and a need for structure […]

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ADHD Behaviors on Overdrive: Anxiety, Overwhelm and Sensory Flooding

Does this sound at all familiar? He’s up and out of his seat, talking incessantly, making seemingly unrelated comments and asking questions a mile a minute. “Your hand has a cut on the finger. The window is dirty. Why is the heater coming on? What are we doing now?  How do you know we need cereal?”…… […]

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