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Dr. John Carosso and Dr. Robert Lowenstein specialize in the evaluation and treatment of ADHD, Autism, behavioral and learning issues, anxiety, depression, and trauma.
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May 28, 2024
Summer Break is Fast Approaching

A version of this post appeared in the Spring of 2021. It’s Spring, and the summer break from school will be here before you know it. I would hate to have you awaken that fateful day in June with the incessant “I’m bored”, or loud screaming that typically accompanies siblings being home together all day. […]

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April 8, 2024
Strategies To Address School Refusal

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 […]

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March 25, 2024
Easter And The Power of Hope

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 […]

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February 12, 2024
The Facts and Fallacies of ADHD

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: What Are the Primary Symptoms of ADHD? First, let's review the primary symptoms of this condition and how it appears. There are three types of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: The most commonly diagnosed types would […]

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December 25, 2023
Our Christmas Gift: The Wonderful Counselor; Plus Bonus Christmas Day Post!

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 […]

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December 18, 2023
Managing the Holiday Season

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 […]

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December 4, 2023
How To Plan Successful Holiday Outings

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 […]

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November 23, 2023
Thanksgiving Day Special: How to Raise Thankful Kids

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 […]

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November 14, 2023
The Formula for Clear and Effective Treatment Plans: Using Baselines and Objectives

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 […]

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September 11, 2023
Seven Tips For Making A Sticker Chart Work

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 […]

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