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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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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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December 2, 2010
Spanking: Might makes Right?

Written by Dr. Carosso 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 least not that […]

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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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