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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

My Top 5 Classroom Strategies to Help your Child Focus and Pay Attention!

2012-10-02T06:05:13+00:00

My Top 5 Classroom Strategies to Help your Child Focus and Pay Attention! There are dozens of strategies that are easy to implement in the classroom that help to improve attention and focus in young children. By parent request, here are my top 5 recommendations I make in my practice for children struggling with focus [...]

My Top 5 Classroom Strategies to Help your Child Focus and Pay Attention!2012-10-02T06:05:13+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
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