December 16, 2019

How we support the siblings in our family begins with the lens through which we view our child with challenging behaviors.

October 30, 2019

A brain-based approach to parenting kids with brain-based differences

I vividly remember a time in my life that I now refer to as the “Dark Ages.” While it certainly wasn’t constant “darkness” in the way you might imagine, it was a time of frequent and intense waves of...

July 31, 2019

The impact of caregiver trauma on our emotional, spiritual and physical health has serious consequences if not taken seriously. But how do you find more time when you can’t even imagine having a moment to yourself with everything on your plate?

May 25, 2019

'Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes' is actually a cognitively complex skill, and for that reason, many children with brain-based differences have great difficulty with practicing it successfully. But with your help, they can get there.

March 11, 2019

Most parents of children with neurobehavioral challenges have experienced the well-intentioned event that spins, unforgettably, into chaos and disappointment.

Maybe it’s an annual family gathering, full of anticipation because the kids get to play with cousins they only...

January 5, 2019

A few months ago, a client who is the mother of a child with significant behavioral challenges came to meet with me. We’d been meeting for several months, discussing how the brain works, the ways in which her child’s brain works differently, how those differences are c...

November 22, 2018

If we can move away from a specific diagnosis, seeing the brain as the organizing principle and the source of all behaviors, we can begin to view behaviors as symptoms of brain dysfunction.

September 26, 2018

When my “neurotypical” son was in kindergarten, he began to verbalize observations about how his sister, who lives with FAS (and is 15 months younger), was “different,” and how her odd and often frustrating behaviors—which is how he experienced them— were an intentiona...

August 13, 2018

There are things you can do as a parent, right now, to begin building a new foundation of collaboration with your child's teacher, with the goal of setting everyone up for a successful beginning to the school year.

July 19, 2018

One of the most difficult aspects of watching children with FASD grow older in the midst of dysmaturity, is the heartbreak that comes with trying to make, relate to, and keep friends.

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