Strategies To Address School Refusal
Child Psychology and Parenting Blog
by Dr. John Carosso
1M ago
As this school year comes to a close, I speak with many parents who have struggled with school refusal and are worried about managing the next school year. This post describes the nature of school refusal and some strategies and considerations to address this challenging situation.  Your Child Won’t Go to School An all-too-common situation (especially since COVID-19) is a child being reluctant or even refusing to attend school. This post will focus on anxiety-based refusal; the child is refusing to attend school due to genuine anxiety reactions. Consequently, the night before school your ..read more
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Easter And The Power of Hope
Child Psychology and Parenting Blog
by Dr. John Carosso
2M ago
Today's post was shared previously but serves as a reminder of how important hope is for all children, especially children and families who struggle with behavioral or emotional issues. The Vital Nature of Hope “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all”. - Emily Dickinson. It’s hard to overstate the importance of hope. The more hope, the stronger the drive, and it doesn’t dare to ever stop, nor even feel the need to. Hope drives everything from completing daily tasks to reaching our goals, dreams, and ambitions. It is ..read more
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The Facts and Fallacies of ADHD
Child Psychology and Parenting Blog
by Dr. John Carosso
3M ago
Today we will target and dispel the facts and fallacies regarding Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADD/ADHD. Some of the common fallacies addressed include: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is not a genuine disorder Medication is unsafe and causes dependency Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is used as an excuse for underachievement Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder children just need more discipline to do better in school. That teachers unnecessarily try to push children onto medication when they don't need it, and that Behavioral interventions alone are eno ..read more
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Our Christmas Gift: The Wonderful Counselor; Plus Bonus Christmas Day Post!
Child Psychology and Parenting Blog
by Dr. John Carosso
5M ago
Sharing this post is one of my favorite traditions. This Christmas blog post was first put up on HelpForYourChild.com back in 2012. It has been helping families recognize the role Faith plays in helping families and childhood difficulties. For this Christmas, I have expanded upon this classic article, starting with the section titled "Christmas Bonus Post: What Makes Christmas so Special?" What I’m Expected to Do… As a psychologist, I’m expected to talk about traditional and clinically-relevant approaches to help kids, and parents, work through difficulties. This of course would incl ..read more
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Managing the Holiday Season
Child Psychology and Parenting Blog
by Dr. John Carosso
5M ago
As part of our December holiday tradition, we are sharing an older post with lots of excellent advice on how to make the holidays a little bit merrier and brighter. Good Tidings… The Christmas and New Years Holiday is magical and fun; a wonderful time of year that spreads warm feelings and cheer in families and communities throughout the world. The celebration is well deserved, and we all tend to look forward to this very special time of year. But... Yeah, there is a ‘but’ for many parents with kiddo’s struggling with any number of behavioral health or developmental issues such as ADHD and aut ..read more
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How To Plan Successful Holiday Outings
Child Psychology and Parenting Blog
by allison@twothirtymedia.com
6M ago
This article is well-loved among parents; with timeless advice and tips that apply-year round. First appearing on HelpForYourChild in December of 2021, it has been updated for this year’s holiday season. The holiday season often includes busy public outings with your child. Grocery runs, visiting family, shopping at the mall - These can be quite tricky and challenging! Children sometimes find the new environment, whether it be a store or a crowded holiday event, to be overstimulating. They try to carry out the outing ‘on their terms’ rather than on yours. However, if you make a plan in advance ..read more
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Thanksgiving Day Special: How to Raise Thankful Kids
Child Psychology and Parenting Blog
by allison@twothirtymedia.com
6M ago
Thanksgiving is Extra Special Many people find Thanksgiving to be one of their favorite holidays. It’s simple, no gifts to buy, no fuss. It’s just family and friends coming together with a recognition that we have a lot to be thankful for. How Do We Help Kids Practice Being Thankful Year-round? I imagine many of us try to keep that sentiment of thankfulness at the forefront of our minds and would prefer our kids do as well. However, do we find that, at times, our kids don’t seem so thankful? They have less than a strong sense of gratitude. Ironically, the more you do for your kids, the less th ..read more
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The Formula for Clear and Effective Treatment Plans: Using Baselines and Objectives
Child Psychology and Parenting Blog
by Dr. John Carosso
6M ago
Where It All Starts… Your child’s treatment plan is the foundation of moving things in the right direction and seeing progress in your child’s behavior. It’s vital that you’re a large part of this process (of preparing the plan), in identifying the primary concerns that need to be targeted and to ensure that the goals are clear, concise, and achievable. In that respect, this post will target the creation of clear baselines, and writing achievable objectives. What To Be Looking For To Create An Effective Treatment Plan: You want there to be a clear indication of the problem behavior, how the pr ..read more
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Seven Tips For Making A Sticker Chart Work
Child Psychology and Parenting Blog
by Dr. John Carosso
9M ago
Sticker charts can be an invaluable resource. Kids love to get stickers, which are inexpensive, highly motivating, and can be used numerous times throughout the day or week. From my professional and personal experience, I have seen first-hand how kid’s eyes light up when they earn stickers (with an opportunity to cash in for some later reward). However, sticker charts have their drawbacks. They can be cumbersome - parents rarely stick with them beyond a few weeks. It can be tough to figure out how many stickers to give before a reward is provided. And you may wonder, how often should stickers ..read more
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Getting Back In The Swing Of The School Routine
Child Psychology and Parenting Blog
by Dr. John Carosso
10M ago
Summer Break Is Almost Over August is that ‘back to school’ time of year. Yes, it is sad to see the summer slipping by; but it’s time to start thinking about getting back into the school routine. It can be a difficult transition for children to get back into that schedule, with some kids dreading the end of summer. Here are some tips I've shared over the years for ways to ease the stress and get back into the swing of the school year. Summer vs. School Routine Need I mention the difference between summer and school-year routines? Sometimes gently transitioning into that schedule can help. If y ..read more
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