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

"Cutting" is a visible sign to the world that you are hurting.

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

You cannot reason with someone who is being unreasonable.

The mistake that Sharon and I both made is we never set any boundaries.  (Ozzy Osbourne)

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.

A tantruming toddler is a little ball of writhing muscle and incredible strength. It's like trying to carry a greased pig past a slop bucket.

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.

Children fare better when expectations on them are clear and firm.

Parenting style matters - a lot!

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Facial Features of FASD

Individuals with full blown FASD display characteristic facial features: short palpebral fissures (separation between the upper and lower eyelids) flat midface short nose indistinct philtrum (the depression between the nose and upper lip bordered by ridges) thin upper lip Associated facial features: epicanthal folds of the upper eyelid (from the nose to the inner side of the eyebrow) low nasal bridge minor ear anomalies micrognathia (small lower jaw) Many individuals diagnosed with FASD do not [...]

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Depression – comorbidity in teens !

Adult depression is usually just  that:   depression     Adolescent depression is frequently accompanied or preceded by other disorders complicating the diagnosis and treatment:                                                       – ADHD                                                       – GAD                                                       – CD                                                       – OCD                                                       – PTSD                                                       – substance abuse  

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Types of Anxiety Disorders

TYPES OF ANXIETY DISORDERS 1. Separation Anxiety                                     – fear of being separated from parents   2. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder                   – obsessive – intrusive, recurrent and persistent thoughts, impulses or images                   – compulsive – behaviour the individual feels driven to perform                                                                                           – may involve intricate rules                                                                                           – believe the behaviour will prevent a terrible event from occuring   3. Social Phobia                   – fear of “performing” in public   4. Generalized [...]

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+ 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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“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”

(A.N. – Tillsonburg)