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Parenting style matters - a lot!

Simple rules adhered to when children are young can prevent more serious problems later.

If you are headed in the wrong direction as a parent - you are allowed to make a U-turn.

It is what we say and do when we're angry that creates the very model our children will follow when dealing with their own frustrations.

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.

If there is no relationship - nothing else matters !

Hurt people hurt people.

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

Relationships matter:  change comes through forming trusting relationships. People, not programs change people.

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

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“Executive Dysfunction” and ADHD

“Executive dysfunction” means an individual has difficulty “stopping” and taking the time to think through the possible consequences of an action and selecting one that is best. Another way of saying this is the child is very “impulsive”. By definition a child with ADHD has “executive dysfunction”. Our goal in helping him is to get him to “stop” long enough for the executive function to kick in. There are a number of approaches to facilitate [...]

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Helping a Teen Moderate Stress

  HELPING A TEEN MODERATE & MANAGE STRESS                           “SPIT”  HAPPENS !   1. Listen                                   – without judging                   – try to understand and appreciate their concern                   – if event resulted from bad behaviour or poor judgment – it’s vital to avoid making matters worse by berating and punishing                         [...]

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FASD – Mental Retardation

Mental retardation is the most debilitating feature of FASD but only about 50% of them actually fall into the retarded range of intelligence (IQ blow 70) This can present a significant problem to individuals with FASD because they may need special services but they do not qualify because their IQ scores are not below the cut off point and therefore not be diagnosed with FASD. A diagnosis can be useful because it makes it easier [...]

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Frequently Asked Questions about ADD/ADHD

1. Is it true that boys have ADHD more often than girls? The short answer is “yes” – 3 to 6 times more boys. The longer answer is that girls may be under diagnosed because they typically display less severe social problems. Boys are more at risk of developing almost every behavioural or emotional problem. 2. Do ADHD children also have other significant problems? Yes. The following is an incomplete list of problems commonly seen [...]

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Facial Features of FASD

Individuals with full blown FASD display characteristic facial features: short palpebral fissures (separation between the upper and lower eyelids) flat midface short nose indistinct philtrum (the depression between the nose and upper lip bordered by ridges) thin upper lip Associated facial features: epicanthal folds of the upper eyelid (from the nose to the inner side of the eyebrow) low nasal bridge minor ear anomalies micrognathia (small lower jaw) Many individuals diagnosed with FASD do not [...]

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Workshops

+ Behaviour Management

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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Phone: (519) 485-4678
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Email: info@rickharper.ca

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