Letting Go Again 

Purging your home of childhood artifacts doesn’t mean erasing the memories  About four years ago I wrote about letting go when it was time for my daughter, Olivia, to move away to college.   Much to my surpri...

how to help your child reduce harmful habits

breaking bad How to help your child reduce harmful habits by Pat Blackwell, Ph.D. Habits start out as a reaction to an itch, a bump or stuffy nose. The behavior continues because it leads to comfort. Occasio...

Teaching Kids Communication Skills

Teaching communication is one of the most important things parents do to educate their children. Children who hear more words by the time they start school have significant advantages over kids who are raised i...

Raising Respectful Sons Starts Early in Life

A baby’s sense of himself and others starts right from birth and the most important teachers are his parents. Raising a respectful son who respects girls and women should begin with expectations about how he sh...
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Challenges Facing Siblings of Special Needs Kids

Children with special needs—such as chronic illness or developmental disabilities—present challenges as well as advantages for families. Special care requires great attention and energy for parents, along with ...

When Our Kids Don’t Conform To Their Gender

by Pat Blackwell, Ph.D. With increasing frequency, parents are opening up about their gender non-conforming children. However, parental anxiety tends to be higher for boys than girls. Traditionally parents hav...
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Understanding Autism

  Written by Pat Blackwell, Ph.D.       autism 101   understanding the disorder is the first step in early intervention   By Pat Blackwell, Ph.D. ...
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Treatments But Not Cures For Autism

multiple challenges, multiple treatments In general, people on the spectrum have sensory sensitivity, speech and communication challenges, and social cognitive difficulties—including rigidity, restricted...
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The Importance Of The Family Narrative

  Holidays are special for many reasons like good food, time off from school and work, and family gatherings. These get-togethers can be very important to the development of children’s emotional health ...