welcome image

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.

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

Parents are the external regulator for kids who cannot regulate themselves.

If you are headed in the wrong direction as a parent - you are allowed to make a U-turn.

Children mimic well. They catch what they see better than they follow what they hear.

The quickest way to change your child’s behaviour is to first change your own.

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

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

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

Learn more.

Phobias

Phobias are a type of anxiety disorder usually defined as a persistent fear of an object or situation typically disproportional to the actual danger posed. There are literally hundreds and hundreds of phobias  (see – www.phobialist.com).

Some of the more common ones are:

  • dogs                                  Cynophobia
  • Friday 13                         Paraskavedekatriaphobia
  • thunderstorms               Brontophobia
  • loud noises                     Ligyrophobia
  • nighttime                        Nyctophobia
  • snakes                             Ophidiophobia
  • spiders                            Arachnephobia
  • writing tests                 Testophobia
  • dentists                           Dentophobia
  • hospitals                        Nosocomephobia

Some that seem particularly odd: (at least to me !)

  • becoming bald           Phalacrophobia
  • bathing                         Ablutophobia
  • beds                              Clinophobia
  • clocks                           Chronophobia
  • colour purple              Porphyrophobia
  • mother-in-law           Pentheraphobia
  • peanut butter              Arachibutyrophobia
  • politicians                   Politicophobia
  • sitting down               Kathisophobia
  • teenagers                     Ephabiphobia

Phobias can interfere greatly in a persons enjoyment of life. Thankfully there are a number of treatments available including:

  • cognitive behaviour therapy
  • counter conditioning
  • hypnosis
  • systematic desensitization
  • antianxiety medications

Back to Top

Workshops

+ Behaviour Management

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

Learn more

+ Lick Your Kids

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

Learn more

+ A Parent’s Guide to the Teenage Brain

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

Learn more

+ Reading Rescue

A program for children with reading problems

Learn more

+ 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.

Learn more

See more of our workshops


Contact

2720 Rath Street, Putnam, Ontario
NOL 2BO

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

Email: info@rickharper.ca

Archive


Parents' Comments

“Our daughter was the joy of our life until she turned 13, then all hell broke loose. Rick helped us understand what was happening to her and we made some adjustments that helped us get through it. She’s now in University and doing well.”

(D.A. – St. Thomas)