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"Parents aren't the cause of ADHD, but they are part of the solution." (Kenny Handleman, M.D.)

The teenage years require a delicate balance between the young person's need to gain independence, and the parent's need to retain authority.

A tantruming toddler is a little ball of writhing muscle and incredible strength. It's like trying to carry a greased pig past a slop bucket.

You cannot reason with someone who is being unreasonable.

Children fare better when expectations on them are clear and firm.

"Unexpressed feeling never die. They are buried alive and come back later in ugly ways." (Stephen Covey)

It's more effective to reward your child for being "good" (appropriate) than to punish him for being "bad" (inappropriate).

We should not medicate the boys so they fit the school; we should change the school to fit the boy. (Leonard Sax, M.D. Ph.D)

"Rules without relationship leads to rebellion" (Josh McDowell)

Whining and crying are employed by kids for the purpose of getting something. If it works, then it was worth the effort and will be repeated.

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Behaviour Management (now available online)

Behavioural Management Systems’ renowned course is now available  online. This 6 hour course has been presented throughout Ontario to numerous school boards, treatment centres, camp counsellors, First Nation reserves, daycare centres, etc. It comes complete with a comprehensive 50 page workbook,  a Certificate of Training and can be arranged on short notice. Phone or e-mail for more info.

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What are the Side Effects of Stimulant Medications?

    These are the reported possible side effects of stimulant medications. Certainly not all are likely to happen and those that do may subside in time. decreased appetite weight loss failure to grow insomnia dizziness & drowsiness increase in motor and/or vocal tics increased heart rate increased blood pressure nausea headaches allergic reactions nervousness excitement may activate latent epilepsy or glaucoma tolerance develops feels “funny” effects on pregnancy unknown presence in breast milk unknown […]

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City of Ottawa Recreation Department

Thanks to the City of Ottawa’s Inclusive Recreation Department for the invitation to share ideas about behaviour management with 60 counsellors in their summer camp program. This camp serves over 200 individuals between the ages of 18 and 50 years old with a wide range of disabilities. This camp provides opportunities for the participants to makes full use of Ottawa’a excellent recreation facilities in a fun and safe manner.

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Tactics for Temper Tantrums (part 3)

  The Forced Exit Forced exit involves removing the child from the scene of the “crime”. It works best if the parent firmly but calmly takes the child to his room and announces that his behaviour would be best suited to being alone. Thus, he should remain there until he feels he can settle down and join the rest of the family (or group). This not only gets the child out of the social setting, […]

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Are ADHD Medications Effective?

    The first line stimulant medications for ADHD are among the most effective treatments in all medicine. Good peer reviewed, independent studies show that they are effective with approximately 80% of individuals with ADHD. Positive Effects decreased motor activity decreased aggression decreased defiance less impulsive fewer mistakes grades improve more compliant improved relationships improved concentration improved attitude Dr. Martin Boren (M.D.), a noted American pediatrician  says “If a child has an attention or hyperactive […]

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Workshops

+ Behaviour Management (now available online)

This full day or 2 evening workshop will introduce you […]

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+ Lick Your Kids

  “Lick Your Kids” (figuratively not literally) (2 hours) First […]

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+ A Parent’s Guide to the Teenage Brain

  A teenager’s brain is not just an adult brain […]

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+ Reading Rescue

A program for children with reading problems

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+ Taming a Toddler

Many parents wonder what hit them when their sweet little baby turns into an unreasonable toddler – ideas for dealing with mealtime, bedtime, temper tanturms, toilet training, noncompliance, etc.

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Contact

2720 Rath Street, Putnam, Ontario
NOL 2BO

Phone: (519) 485-4678
Fax: (519) 485-0281

Email: info@rickharper.ca

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“Our daughter was the joy of our life until she turned 13, then all hell broke loose. Rick helped us understand what was happening to her and we made some adjustments that helped us get through it. She’s now in University and doing well.”

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