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Internet Safety Contract for Parents and Children/Teens

2013-06-13T11:25:41+00:00

As well all know the growing number of children and teens that are becoming victims of online predators are alarming. As discussed this morning on my interview with CBS news, I recommend using a internet safety contract with your child or teen to encourage safe and responsible internet use. Please feel free to comment with [...]

Internet Safety Contract for Parents and Children/Teens2013-06-13T11:25:41+00:00

How to Manage ADHD Effectively WITHOUT the Use of Medication (Part I)

2012-10-02T06:23:20+00:00

How to Manage ADHD Effectively WITHOUT the Use of Medication (Part 1 of a series) Dear Dr. Deb, Our 7-year-old son was just diagnosed with ADHD. Our pediatrician has recommended that we start him on medication, however my husband and I are hesitant to put him on medication this young. We are hoping that maybe [...]

How to Manage ADHD Effectively WITHOUT the Use of Medication (Part I)2012-10-02T06:23:20+00:00

ASD In 4 Year Olds

2012-10-02T06:28:24+00:00

ASD In 4 Year Olds Dear Dr. Deb, I have been reading a lot about Asperger's Disorder and autism spectrum disorder, and I'm worried my 4-year-old might have some of the signs. How do you know if a child has one of these disorders at such an early age? I know that autism itself is [...]

ASD In 4 Year Olds2012-10-02T06:28:24+00:00

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
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