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May 26, 2011
Spanking: Might makes right?

Written by Dr. Carosso The standard line: Okay, as a professional you know that I am supposed to tell you that corporal punishment (spanking) is a no-no and you shouldn’t do it. I’m supposed to tell you that it’s ineffective and simply does not work. Well, I’m not going to tell you that; or at […]

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May 10, 2011
The Argument Squelcher

Written by Dr. Carosso Lets set the scene: 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 […]

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March 29, 2011
A Prayer a Day Keeps Anger Away…?

Written by Dr. Carosso I was perusing a recent Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and came across a research article that caught my attention. I think it will catch your attention too. The research: In the article, researchers found that when people were provoked by somebody, they were less angry and much quicker to calm […]

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February 18, 2011
The Science (Art?) of Getting Your Child to Sleep

Written by Dr. Carosso It’s fascinating how parents have such a difficult time with their children’s sleep. Kids won’t go to bed, can’t fall asleep, won’t stay asleep, won’t sleep alone, want a drink or snack, awaken and get in the parent’s bed, sleep walk, or have night terrors.  Parents typically find themselves awake at […]

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February 1, 2011
Stucture: Lets build a house:)

Written by Dr. Carosso Parents are often directed by professionals like me to provide "structure" for their child, which is said to be a benefit to the child's overall development.  However, do you know what "structure" means?  This often-used term is usually misunderstood and trying to define precisely what professionals mean when they say "structure" […]

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January 19, 2011
Autism: Ten ways to De-Stimulate those ‘Stims’

Written by Dr. Carosso Children with autism invariably demonstrate what are called ‘self-stimulatory behaviors’. These are compulsive rituals and behaviors that can be quite challenging to squelch, including hand-flapping, rocking, jumping, squealing, pacing, echoing, and obsessing. To manage these behaviors, parents must first realize that we all ‘self-stimulate’ to one degree or another; hopefully we […]

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November 20, 2010
How to treat a Learning Disability: The in’s and out’s of dyslexia and dysgraphia

Written by Dr. John Carosso I specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of dyslexia and dysgraphia; two conditions that are often, more generally, labeled as a “learning disability.” These conditions are usually inherited (that’s right kids, don’t say your parents never gave you anythingJ) and can greatly interfere with a child’s ability to progress in […]

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November 10, 2010
A Learning Disability: What do I do now?

Written by: Dr. John Carosso Okay, so your child has been found to have a learning disability. The big question now is, what do you do about it?  It seems like you’re doing all the right things; an IEP is being developed at school, you have a tutor, and you spend extra time reading to […]

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October 28, 2010
The Softer and Closer Approach

I am hard pressed to contemplate a more significant or relevant mantra for teachers or parents. I have espoused the "softer and closer" approach since that time, and can think of no better way to connect with a child whether working as a mental health professional, or as a parent.

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