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If it  was going to be easy to raise kids, it never would have started with something called "labour".

Adolescence can be the cruelest place on earth. It can really be heartless.  ( Tori Amos)

If you (parents) tend to overreact to your child's misbehaviour - your child learns that he can't trust you. Mom, Dad, stay regulated!

Many clinicians find it easier to tell parents their child has a brain-based disorder than suggest parenting changes. Jennifer Harris (psychiatrist)

The more 2 parents differ in their approaches to discipline, the more likely it leads to trouble for the child.

Relationships matter:  change comes through forming trusting relationships. People, not programs change people.

Hurt people hurt people.

Early intervention is always better than crisis management - but it is never too late to do the right thing.

"The thing that impresses me most about North America is the way parents obey their children"    (King Edward VII , 1841-1910)

It is what we say and do when we're angry that creates the very model our children will follow when dealing with their own frustrations.

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The Really “Ugly” Side of Stimulant Meds for ADHD

What are the really bad things that can happen? Stimulant meds are in the same class as morphine and barbiturates the potential for abuse is real abusers report cocaine-like effects Large doses give feelings of : euphoria  more energy  sense of power As effects wear off: heightened fatigue  irritability,  depression  craving for more Persistent use can lead to: psychotic episodes paranoid behaviour hallucinations bizarre behaviour  

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Possible Psychosocial Side Effects of ADHD Meds

    Complicating the decision as whether use stimulant medications for ADHD are the possible psychosocial side effects ! lower self esteem “external” cause for success or failure disowning or responsibility stigmatization by peers family issues remain unresolved need for parenting and teaching changes are buried

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What are the Side Effects of Stimulant Medications?

    These are the reported possible side effects of stimulant medications. Certainly not all are likely to happen and those that do may subside in time. decreased appetite weight loss failure to grow insomnia dizziness & drowsiness increase in motor and/or vocal tics increased heart rate increased blood pressure nausea headaches allergic reactions nervousness excitement may activate latent epilepsy or glaucoma tolerance develops feels “funny” effects on pregnancy unknown presence in breast milk unknown […]

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Are ADHD Medications Effective?

    The first line stimulant medications for ADHD are among the most effective treatments in all medicine. Good peer reviewed, independent studies show that they are effective with approximately 80% of individuals with ADHD. Positive Effects decreased motor activity decreased aggression decreased defiance less impulsive fewer mistakes grades improve more compliant improved relationships improved concentration improved attitude Dr. Martin Boren (M.D.), a noted American pediatrician  says “If a child has an attention or hyperactive […]

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ADHD Medication

    It is an understandable reaction for parents when a doctor prescribes  ADHD medications. There are so many questions and the doctor has so little time to answer them. Is the medication safe? How will we know if it is working? Are there side effects? Will my child feel like a zombie? In the next few blogs, I will attempt to shed some light on these questions  

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Workshops

+ Behaviour Management

This full day or 2 evening workshop will introduce you […]

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+ Lick Your Kids

  “Lick Your Kids” (figuratively not literally) (2 hours) First […]

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+ A Parent’s Guide to the Teenage Brain

  A teenager’s brain is not just an adult brain […]

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+ Reading Rescue

A program for children with reading problems

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+ Taming a Toddler

Many parents wonder what hit them when their sweet little baby turns into an unreasonable toddler – ideas for dealing with mealtime, bedtime, temper tanturms, toilet training, noncompliance, etc.

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NOL 2BO

Phone: (519) 485-4678
Fax: (519) 485-0281

Email: info@rickharper.ca

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“Rick’s approach is so logical. He helped us clearly define the problem, analyze what has happened and select the best strategy. We now feel empowered to do something positive for our kid”

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