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5 Quick Tips to Ease Preschool Separation Anxiety..and More!!

2012-10-02T06:34:51+00:00

5 (PLUS!) Quick Tips to Ease Preschool Separation Anxiety  Dear Dr. Deb, My 3 1/2-year-old just started preschool, and she is having a very tough time separating from me. She whines and complains on the ride in to school that she doesn't want to go, and then clings to my leg and cries at drop-off. [...]

5 Quick Tips to Ease Preschool Separation Anxiety..and More!!2012-10-02T06:34:51+00:00

Dr. Pontillo’s Top 5 Myths About ADHD – Debunked!

2012-10-09T12:17:26+00:00

Dr. Deb’s Top 5 Myths About ADHD – Debunked! My child is not hyperactive, therefore he/she can’t have ADHD. This is a very common misperception. There actually are 3 subtypes of ADHD – children who mostly show symptoms of inattention, children who mostly show symptoms of hyperactivity/impulsivity, or children who have a little of both [...]

Dr. Pontillo’s Top 5 Myths About ADHD – Debunked!2012-10-09T12:17:26+00:00

Navigating Preschool Choice

2012-11-12T13:13:18+00:00

Moderated by child psychologist Dr. Deborah Pontillo, this workshop features a panel of teachers from the Bill and Sid Rubin Preschool at Congregation Beth Israel, The Children’s School-La Jolla, and a Montessori school who will discuss different curricular approaches, including Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, and Jewish values-based schools. This workshop provides an excellent opportunity for parents to [...]

Navigating Preschool Choice2012-11-12T13:13:18+00:00

Tips For Parents on How to Talk to Your Child about the School Shooting in Newtown, Connecticut

2012-12-19T23:21:51+00:00

The tragic event  that took place on December 14th at Sandy Hook Elementary claimed the lives of 26 individuals, 20 of whom were children. Most of us, especially those of us who are parents, may experience a variety of emotions, from shock, disbelief, and confusion to, grief, loss, fear, and anxiety.  Although such feelings are [...]

Tips For Parents on How to Talk to Your Child about the School Shooting in Newtown, Connecticut2012-12-19T23:21:51+00:00

My Top 5 Potty Training Mistakes – and how to avoid them!

2013-05-03T12:48:55+00:00

Ok, so listen, we are all human, and no one can say that potty training a toddler is easy!There will be bumps along the road. However, to make this journey as seamless as possible, take a look at these top 5 most common mistakes (and how not to make them!) in order to ensure a [...]

My Top 5 Potty Training Mistakes – and how to avoid them!2013-05-03T12:48:55+00:00

How do I know when it is time to transition my little one out of the crib into a toddler bed?

2013-04-08T15:42:34+00:00

Excellent question! Transitioning to a toddler bed from a crib can be a very exciting time for both you and your child. For most of us, the switch marks the end of the ‘baby’ phase, and the bright beginning of a new ‘big kid’ phase. To help your child make the transition as positive and [...]

How do I know when it is time to transition my little one out of the crib into a toddler bed?2013-04-08T15:42:34+00:00

What do I do when I think my child has ADHD?

2013-04-02T20:35:11+00:00

Hi Dr. Deb, I was referred to you by my friend. She said you would be able to help me with my son. Earlier this week during a parent teacher conference his teacher and I came to the conclusion that he should be looked at for ADD/ADHD. He is a good hearted child he just [...]

What do I do when I think my child has ADHD?2013-04-02T20:35:11+00:00

5 Easy Tips to Reduce your Toddler’s Aggressive Behaviors

2013-02-22T14:50:40+00:00

HI Dr. Deb, I am wondering if you have suggestions for my 2 1/2 year old in preschool. He has been throwing sand, pushing kids down (dad taught him to wrestle), taking toys out of other kids hands and throwing them and not doing well during free play/choice time. He does GREAT in circle time [...]

5 Easy Tips to Reduce your Toddler’s Aggressive Behaviors2013-02-22T14:50:40+00:00
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