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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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April 12, 2011
Autism: What works; What Doesn’t; and What Causes It

Written by Dr. Carosso Every so often we get a review of research that tries to shed some light. Three government funded studies, published in Pediatrics, is the latest in that regard. Lets take a look: Three targets The researchers looked at meds, behavioral interventions and, for some reason, Secretin (it’s long been recognized that […]

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April 6, 2011
Eight Things Parents Can Do About Bullying At School

Written by Dr. Robert A. Lowenstein MD Bullying at school has become a major source of anxiety and trauma for many children in school. Going to school on the bus, eating in the lunchroom, or simply walking school hallways has become a time of pain and suffering for  too many of our children. In severe […]

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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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March 22, 2011
Underage Drinking at Home - Where are the Parents?

Written by: Dr. Robert A. Lowenstein MD One of the things that really bothered me when my son was a high school teenager involved his receiving a party invitation to a schoolmate’s home, which announced that alcohol would be served to the teens by the parents who planned on being home. Having seen more than […]

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March 15, 2011
Five Ways to Jump-Start Classroom Achievement

Written by Dr. Carosso Okay, here it goes; whether your child is a typical kiddo or struggles with attention, learning, social, or developmental issues, these strategies will help any child perform at his or her best. These strategies are well-founded in research and over 20 years experience in clinical and educational practice.   Let’s get […]

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March 11, 2011
Children's Sleep Problems - A Family Nightmare

Written by Dr. Robert A. Lowenstein MD Children who have difficulty in going to bed or staying asleep cause major problems for many families. A child’s inability to sleep causes them to suffer with daytime sleepiness, irritability, and poor school performance, and also causes parents to endure days of tiredness, irritability, and lack of concentration. In most cases, emotional stress […]

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March 8, 2011
Autism: What about that “spectrum” thing?

Written by Dr. Carosso In the autism community, parents must sift through a host of confusing, murky, and contradictory words, terms,  and concepts. It’s no wonder there is frustration and misunderstanding.  Hopefully this post will help to clear the waters a bit. In a prior posting (autism: facts and fallacies), I discussed that “autism” is […]

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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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