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Some hope their children will be like sponges soaking up the truth and wisdom imparted by their parents. However appealing this philosophy might be, it seldom seems to catch on with their children.

Wouldn't it be nice if children would simply listen and learn.

"Unexpressed feeling never die. They are buried alive and come back later in ugly ways." (Stephen Covey)

Children do not develop on their own - they only develop within relationships.

We should not medicate the boys so they fit the school; we should change the school to fit the boy. (Leonard Sax, M.D. Ph.D)

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

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.

Criticism is not a motivator.

The challenge of adolescence is to balance the right of the parents to feel they are in charge with the need of the adolescent to gain independence.

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

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Long Term Effects of FASD

Brain damage in utero lasts a lifetime! The resulting disabilities can severely impair the quality of life for the child, for the family and for society. LIFE IMPLICATIONS easily victimized unfocused, distractible money management problems doesn’t learn from mistakes doesn’t understand consequences fails to perceive social cues quick to anger difficult relationships lack initative drops out of school susceptible to drug & alcohol abuse become “ineffective” parents unemployment homeless trouble with the law mental health […]

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ADD/ADHD – The Classic Triad

1. Inattention 2. Impulsive 3. Hyperactivity ADD/ADHD children often manifest so much more than the classic triad. They frequently exhibit: poor self control over responsiveness easily frustrated poor self talk trouble shifting gears poor recall of past poor future planning These behaviours stem from an inability to INHIBIT their desires. They are so caught up in the “now” that the “future” is not considered. There is no “future” or “past” – only the “NOW”

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Asperger’s Syndrome

  What is it? Asperger’s Syndrome Asperger’s Syndrome is a neurobiological disorder that results in behavioural characteristics that are best described as “odd” or “eccentric”. The cause is not known although there appears to be a strong genetic component as it has a high heritability rate. There is no cure. There are, however interventions that can yield positive results. History Dr. Hans Asperger (Austrian pediatrician and psychiatrist) observed 4 children in his practice in 1944 […]

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What is Ritalin?

the chemical name is methylphenidate it is an amphetamine it is a controlled drug it is in the stimulant class of drugs it is a performance enhancer it is a banned drug for international athletic competitions it has an abuse potential it is sometimes prescribed for narcolepsy (a sleep disorder characterized by recurring, irrepressible attacks of sleep during normal waking hours) it used to be used for obesity it is manufactured by Novartis it is […]

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Famous People Who May Have Had ADHD!

A diagnosis of ADHD does not mean your child is destined to have trouble for the rest of his or her life. The following people  have been diagnosed with ADHD or could have been based on accounts of their  behaviour as a child. Beethoven Henry Ford Louis Pasteur Winston Churchill Albert Einstein (failed grade 6 math) John Kennedy Bill Clinton Robin Williams Benjamin Franklin Jim Carey Babe Ruth Elvis Mozart Alexander Graham Bell Tommy Smothers […]

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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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Contact

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NOL 2BO

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

Email: info@rickharper.ca

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