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The teenage years require a delicate balance between the young person's need to gain independence, and the parent's need to retain authority.

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

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

Criticism is not a motivator.

Simple rules adhered to when children are young can prevent more serious problems later.

Whining and crying are employed by kids for the purpose of getting something. If it works, then it was worth the effort and will be repeated.

The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice. (Peggy O'Mara)

Parenting style matters - a lot!

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

"Parents aren't the cause of ADHD, but they are part of the solution." (Kenny Handleman, M.D.)

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READING RESCUE

Can You Read This? I cdnuolt bleveiee taht I cluod aulaaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdenieg. The phaonemneal pweor of the hmuan mndi. Aodccrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dnsoe’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotle mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porblem. Tihs is […]

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Child/Parent Attachment

  “Child development is fundamentally social – it proceeds through relationships” (Stanley Greenspan Ph.D.) “Children MUST have a secure relationship with adult caregivers or attachment will not occur and healthy emotional development will; be arrested.” (Richard Delaney Ph. D) In the early weeks, months and years of life , the following are positive signs that your young child is attempting to “attach” with you: – eye contact – smile – tracking you with his/her eyes […]

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Terror Attacks

  10 Tips on Talking to Your Children About Terror Attacks It is not possible to shield our children from the events such as the events that Canada has experienced this past week. They see and hear the stories on TV, radio, in the newspaper and they also note the emotional responses from the adults in their lives. The experts on such matters offer the following advice: 1. Remain calm. This will help your child […]

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Behavioural Characteristics of FASD

  BEHAVIOURAL CHARACTERISTICS OF FASD Learning Disabilities: – academic – ADD/ADHD – speech & language – information processing – patterning problems Poor impulse control Inability to relate behaviour to consequences No sense of connection to societal rules Poor short term memory Inconsistent knowledge base Poor personal boundaries Confusion under pressure Difficulty grasping abstract concepts Inability to manage anger (own or other’s) Poor judgement Stubborn These characteristics can be quite overwhelming to the child, parent and […]

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ADHD Medication – the good

  The following anecdote illustrates the effectiveness of medication with some children. A group of psychiatrists conducted a study that included videotaping ADHD children and their mothers in the following play situations:                   a) observing play before Ritalin started                   b) observing play after Ritalin   Conditions        – child and mother are in a play room with lots of  toys and a 2                way mirror […]

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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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“Implementing Rick’s techniques and adhering to them is exhausting, but it is a healthy exhaustion rather than the detrimental exhaustion I used to experience.”

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