Tag: Parenting

Here’s to the cerebral dads, who read long, jargony books about ADHD, autism, sensory integration, anxiety, or giftedness. Or parts of the books. Or listen to their spouse talk about something they learned from the books. Here’s to the dedicated dads, who take the kid to occupational therapy every week, …

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  The first thing to know about flexible thinking as a social skill is that children who get through a a whole day with a great working set of flexible thinking skills only appear to sail along. In reality, they are smoothly and consistently deploying a sophisticated set of learned cognitive strategies. It’s …

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  Children who can comfortably and easily visit or host a playmate, attend to their playmate at least sometimes, cooperate to select activities, and maintain play enjoyably for an hour or so – generally do. Children who can’t yet do this independently – at more or less the same level …

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It’s OK to come unraveled a little bit. My friend told me so when she was tucking me into bed, while my husband was calling my therapist to see if she would make a house call, or if he should sign me directly into the psych floor at UCLA Hospital. …

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The unspeakable school shooting in Newtown, Conn., will continue to be front-page news for the next several days. Parents in my social development practice are wondering how in the world to talk to their bright but socially challenged children about this kind of event. It’s tough for parents of typically …

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