Removing Your Child’s Electronics Without a Wrestling Match

Teen with headphones on ignores her mother

What is the usual scenario? You know the drill, you want to remove electronics as a punishment but, when you make the attempt, an emotional reaction ensues and your child or teen refuses to give-up his phone or video-game controller. If you push the matter, you end-up literally in a wrestling match, which you know is inappropriate and ill-advised, so […]

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When Your Teen Resists Online Schooling During Covid

Teen on cell phone in bed

The options from our local school districts It seems that most parents are being provided the option of your child returning part-time in-the-classroom or full-time online. However, it seems that most of the elementary schools are more prone to offer full-time in-the-classroom while most high schools are offering part-time in-the-classroom and part-time online. It appears that a difficulty establishing what […]

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Relationship: The Foundation of Discipline

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Written by Dr. John Carosso The discipline trap How beneficial is time-out, taking away the TV, or ‘grounding’ a child from going outside? Of course, as most parents have come to find, all of these discipline strategies can be effective. However, what happens if you rely too heavily on these strategies? Well, first, your household can become like a gulag; […]

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Let’s Talk About How We Diagnose And Treat Autism Part III: Treatment of More Severe Autism

Autism Treatment

Written by Dr. John Carosso Where we left off We spent the past few posts discussing the diagnosis and treatment of mild autism. By the way, your subsequent comments and questions have been remarkable and very thought-provoking; thank you. At this point, you already know the general signs and symptoms of autism (if not, just check-out any number of my […]

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How to Listen so Your Kids Will Too: The Art of Reflective Listening

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Written by Dr. John Carosso You get into an argument with your spouse. You know your point is valid but you’re having trouble getting your mate to acknowledge your view; instead, he just wants to “move on” and “forget about it.” So, he tries to change the subject and you’re left feeling unheard and misunderstood. You’re simply not ready to […]

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Bolstering Your Child’s Self-Esteem: Part II- Relationship with You

Written by Dr. John Carosso Where we left off We had discussed, in Part I, the importance of your child’s relationship with God in enhancing his or her self-esteem. Next we move-on to the most important person in your child’s life. So, who is that most important person? Well, it’s you. Yes, go figure; you’re far and away the most […]

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The Placebo Effect, Hope, and the Power of Words

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Written by Dr. John Carosso What is the placebo effect? A placebo is something that has no active therapeutic properties and is given to a patient to make them think they are getting the actual medication. The placebo effect is that some patients, interestingly, actually get better when given the placebo. Medications are compared to placebo because, if not better […]

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