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May 21, 2022
Ready or Not, Summer Break is Coming!

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

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December 27, 2021
The Behavioral Therapist Detective: Here’s How We Solve the Case

How It Starts... I regularly get questions from parents about how to manage their child’s behavior. We welcome such questions and look forward to working with parents to help improve the situation. I might hear something like, “my child is having lots of tantrums and is really hard to manage” or “my child won’t do […]

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November 22, 2021
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 3, 2021
Dr. John Carosso's ebook: The Steps to Improving Your Child's Behavior

The Steps to Improving Your Child’s Behavior There is a formula to child discipline. If you follow the recipe, the outcome is very predictable in a positive way. Children expect parents to behave in a particular manner; when they do, they tend to respond accordingly in terms of being more manageable, respectful, calmer, and grateful. […]

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June 28, 2021
No Meltdown Outings: How to Manage Your Child’s Public Behavior

Public outings with your child can be quite challenging and demanding, and there tend to be more excursions over summer vacation. Children sometimes find the new environment, whether it be a store or amusement park, to be over-stimulating, and want to carry out the outing ‘on their terms’ rather than on yours. However, if you […]

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June 14, 2021
Mission: Fatherhood! An Open Letter To Dads

On This Father’s Day, First I Gotta Give a Shout-Out to Moms! We all fully recognize the importance of a mom in a child’s life. Indeed, no one can surpass the love, compassion, caring, empathy, and tenderness of a mother. Dads sometimes can demonstrate those traits, but usually not on par with their female counterparts […]

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May 10, 2021
Preparing Your Kids (And You) For Summer Fun

Just Around the Corner It’s May and summer recess will be here before ya know it, so it's best to start planning and preparing now. There are lots to think about, and I would hate to have you awaken that fateful day in early June with the incessant “I’m bored”, or loud screaming that typically […]

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March 1, 2021
Is 'Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)' a Valid Diagnosis?

What is an auditory processing disorder (APD)? Quite simply, it’s a difficulty with the processing of auditory information. Usually, APD is diagnosed by an audiologist. Some of the specific signs Here are some of the specific symptoms of APD: Difficulty with: auditory discrimination auditory memory auditory sequencing hearing speech in a noisy environment  maintaining attention […]

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February 1, 2021
Would You Rescue Your Spouse Before Your Kids?

I originally published this post in late 2014; it's one of my favorites and I hope one of yours. I'm reminded daily of the power of family on a child's life, and especially that of a mother and father working in tandem. This post embodies that sentiment in a thought-provoking story. So, without further ado: […]

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December 28, 2020
Is Your Teen Depressed, or Is It The Lock-down, or Both?

I write about improving self-esteem and academics in my new book, Managing the 5 Most Challenging Childhood Behavioral Health Conditions of Our Day, and clearly we face a particularly difficult situation with our present-day pandemic and school-hybrid/lock-down situation. The impact of lock-down I am seeing more kids and teens struggling with their ‘down’ mood, lack […]

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