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

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

There has been an explosion in the prescribing of medication for very young children, particularly preschool and kindergarten boys (Juli Zito , Univ. of Maryland)

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.

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

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

It's more effective to reward your child for being "good" (appropriate) than to punish him for being "bad" (inappropriate).

"Moody" and "unpredictable" are adjectives parents will often use when referring to their teenagers.

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.

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

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FASD – First Scientific Sudy

The first scientific study conducted regarding FASD was done by Dr. William Sullivan in 1899 in Liverpool England. Sullivan compared the mortality rate of offspring of “female drunkards” with that of the offspring of their sober female relatives. He discovered that the death rate of “drunkards” children was 2.5 times greater than death rate of the sober relatives. Sullivan’s study was rejected by the scientific community of the day as being “simplistic and moralistic”

It was not until 1793 that the scientific community recognized the problems caused by  alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Since then awareness of this neurological tragedy has been growing.

It is now a widely accepted fact the alcohol is a “teratogen” (a substance that disrupts normal fetal development and causes birth defects).

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+ Behaviour Management

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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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