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The Perfect Classroom

Have you ever walked by a classroom and thought, “I wish my kid was in THAT classroom? Wow! Now there’s a teacher that has her kids under control!” You know the kind of classroom-the one where all the children seem to be seamlessly transitioning from one activity to the next without any sign of a […]

1-2-3 Magic – Effective Discipline Strategies

1-2-3 Magic

1-2-3 Magic 4th Edition is an easy to read, how to guide of one of the most tried and true discipline techniques. Dr. Phelan walks you through a simple three step process that will correct even the most challenging behaviors, which you can implement in your home right away. Step 1: Controlling Obnoxious Behavior Using […]

On Your Marks, Get Set, Reinforce!!!


I talk about reinforcement in virtually every article I write. I figured it was time then that I write a posting devoted to reinforcement: what it is, why it’s important, how to do it. What Exactly is Reinforcement? Reinforcement can be thought of as a behavioural term for reward. Technically, reinforcement is defined by its […]

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The 6 Most Effective Steps for Handling Aggression and Meltdowns


The horrific story of Alex Spourdalakis’s (1) really hit home because our family has experienced a hell similar to the one they were living. When you are being attacked and afraid for your child’s life (if he will have to be hospitalized or institutionalized); when your child is like an angry wild animal that is […]

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Parallel Play: Wanting the Same Toy as His Playmate


Do you wonder why children want the same toy when they are surrounded by other stimulating and maybe more fun toys?  This is typical for children from the age of two to three years.  It is referred to as Parallel Play, the second stage of play.  I covered the first stage of Solitary Play in […]

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The Art of Strategic Ignoring in Temper Tantrums and Meltdowns


One way or another, we’ve all witnessed them – those uninvited guests in our home. The meltdowns and tantrums are a hostile “visitor” in the family of isms.  Although they may resemble each other, the two behaviors are quite different. Typically, a temper tantrum occurs when a child does not get his own way. In […]

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Use these Steps to Tease Apart Discipline or Sensory Issues


Is this behavior a discipline issue or a sensory one? This is the dilemma that so many parents face after learning that their child has a sensory processing disorder or difference. The short answer is: If the behavior does not respond to disciplinary or behavioral techniques, think sensory. Better yet, first analyze behaviors from a […]

Million Dollar Question: Sensory or Behavior?


Isn’t that the million dollar question when dealing with a child with special needs? Is your child on the autism spectrum? Does your child have sensory processing disorder or both? Does your child throw a tantrum when they don’t get their way? Or is it bad enough that they hit, bite, pinch and kick? Toddler […]

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My Kid is Smearing Feces! HELP!


When you are saying these words, what you want most desperately is for someone, ANYONE, to help you figure out how to get your kid to stop smearing poo.  Stop touching it, playing in it, smearing it, eating it, and so forth – how can I get my child to just leave it alone?!? While […]

5 More Quick Tips to Deal with Inappropriate Acting Out Behaviour


As I mentioned in my last article, 5 Quick Tips to Deal with Inappropriate Acting Out Behaviour, I had about three months to get ready for my step-daughter, Emily’s arrival. She would not be arriving with a clean slate. At the young age of seventeen, she had already been through many difficult circumstances in her […]

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