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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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March 5, 2011
Treating ADHD Without Stimulants

Written by Dr. Robert Lowenstein MD I often get questions by parents who prefer not to have their children prescribed a stimulant medication for ADHD. They ask whether there are alternatives to help reduce their child’s symptoms of inattention, over activity, impulsiveness, lack of focus, and irritability. The gold standard for the treatment of ADHD […]

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February 27, 2011
Getting kids to listen: Do rather than say

Written by Dr. Carosso: As parents, we expect kids to follow directions when told to do so, and that our child will do so immediately.  Oh, that it would be so.  To our despair, it’s not, and likely shall never be. That’s the important point; kids are not automatons (or at least mine aren’t) – oh that it […]

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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 11, 2011
So, whose behavior are we "managing"?

Written by Dr. Carosso When we think of behavior management, we tend to think of time-honored strategies such as time-out, loss of privilege, or "grounding" a child. We tend to think of "behavior management" as how a child's behavior will be managed. Instead, we may be better-off to think of behavior management of how the […]

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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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January 11, 2011
Autism: Facts and Fallacies

Written by Dr. Carosso Lets clear some things up:) First: “autism” is not a diagnosis, but a term used to describe the wide spectrum of autistic disorders, ranging from Autistic Disorder, to Asperger’s, to Pervasive Developmental Disorder NOS. Second: children with “autism” are, far more often than not, loving, affectionate, and empathic (to one degree or […]

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January 11, 2011
To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate?

Written by Dr. Carosso Now we have more evidence, care of the British Medical Journal, that prior assertions of vaccinations causing autism are false. Of course, Dr. Wakefield is standing firm on his earlier claims but not looking especially credible in the process. Nonetheless, if nothing else good has come from this, at least there […]

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December 31, 2010
Behavior Charts: How to Make Them Work

Written by Dr. Carosso 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, and the opportunity to cash-in […]

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December 8, 2010
How to listen so your kids will too: The art of reflective listening

Written by Dr. 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 […]

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