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How to Help an Older Child with Nighttime Bedwetting

2014-05-23T11:07:34+00:00

Hi Dr Deb, I have been counseling the parents of an 8y/o girl. Her mother describes her issue with bedwetting as follows. " She was in pull/ups at night until she was 6.She is a really heavy sleeper. She started wetting the bed in September right when she started 3rd grade and 2 weeks after [...]

How to Help an Older Child with Nighttime Bedwetting2014-05-23T11:07:34+00:00

Is sensory processing disorder (SPD) the new ‘catch phrase? Are we over-diagnosing?

2014-05-29T01:01:34+00:00

Question: "What is your opinion on "sensory processing delay"and OT therapy? Is this being overly diagnosed in your opinion and the new catch phrase? Thank you." -K   Dear K: Thank you so much for submitting this question.  I  think there are many parents like yourselves who share the same concerns. To provide you the [...]

Is sensory processing disorder (SPD) the new ‘catch phrase? Are we over-diagnosing?2014-05-29T01:01:34+00:00

Tips for the Holidays for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their Families

2014-12-14T12:20:40+00:00

 I know from talking to a lot of parents in my practice that the holidays can be exceptionally stressful for a child on the spectrum. And so here are my tips on how to successfully navigate the holidays with your special needs child!! (PLEASE NOTE - I have included some exceptional suggestions I have received from parents on what's [...]

Tips for the Holidays for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their Families2014-12-14T12:20:40+00:00

Parents ‘Gifting’ their Children the Opportunity to be successful in General Education Classrooms!!

2014-12-14T12:38:51+00:00

Hello! This last October, thanks to a parent sponsor (whose son has autism spectrum spectrum disorder) I had an amazing time presenting to teachers at their private school about the "ABCs of ASD" which is a new teacher training program I developed especially for teachers of students with ASD in a general education preschool or elementary/middle school. [...]

Parents ‘Gifting’ their Children the Opportunity to be successful in General Education Classrooms!!2014-12-14T12:38:51+00:00

Parent Buddy Program

2014-12-17T22:45:22+00:00

Parent Buddy Program I recently had a parent email me this: "If becoming a parent changes your life completely, becoming a parent to a child on the spectrum gives that change a whole new dimension.  It is heartbreaking to see your child struggle to pick up skills that seem to come so naturally to a [...]

Parent Buddy Program2014-12-17T22:45:22+00:00

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

When learning to read or write is a challenge. What to look for, and what you can do to help.

2013-05-23T12:42:26+00:00

This post was written by my colleague Maria Bagby, from Therapeutic Literacy Center. (858) 668-8366 maria@therapeuticliteracycenter.com, www.therapeuticliteracycenter.com Why is learning to read, write and spell difficult for some of our children? The real question is why isn’t it? We are hard-wired for learning to sit, stand, walk and talk.  But reading and writing have to be [...]

When learning to read or write is a challenge. What to look for, and what you can do to help.2013-05-23T12:42:26+00:00

Helpful Tips to Reduce Sibling Rivalry!

2013-05-08T12:41:10+00:00

("Many thanks to my extremely knowledgeable and wonderful friend and colleague Nancy Cohen, M.A. for writing this very helpful and informative article. BTW, personally I LOVE #5 - so brilliant! You can find out more about Nancy Cohen, Child Development and Behavior Specialist at her website www.nancygcohen.com." - Dr. Deb) Let’s face it – siblings [...]

Helpful Tips to Reduce Sibling Rivalry!2013-05-08T12:41:10+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
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