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Children today are under enormous pressures rarely experienced by their parents or grandparents. Many of today's children are being enticed to grow up too quickly and are encountering challenges for which they are totally unprepared.

Many clinicians find it easier to tell parents their child has a brain-based disorder than suggest parenting changes. Jennifer Harris (psychiatrist)

The mistake that Sharon and I both made is we never set any boundaries.  (Ozzy Osbourne)

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

Parents are the external regulator for kids who cannot regulate themselves.

The challenge of adolescence is to balance the right of the parents to feel they are in charge with the need of the adolescent to gain independence.

"To be a man, a boy must see a man."  (J.R. Moehringer)

The quickest way to change your child’s behaviour is to first change your own.

When a child is disregulated - is the time parents need to be regulated.

Children do not develop on their own - they only develop within relationships.

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A Guided Tour of ADHD

This workshop will present the facts, myths, misconceptions, controversy and treatments associated with one of society’s most common childhood disorders. ADHD can affect every area of a child’s life producing feelings of failure, learning difficulties, inability to make and keep friends and stressful relationships within families. Suitable for parents, teachers, daycare staff, social workers, etc. (3 hours)

Living with a Child With Fetal Alcohol Related Behaviour Problems

This workshop offers solid information and practical advice for dealing with FASD/FAE’s lifelong effects on behaviour and learning. It addresses historical, medical, educational and societal aspects of FASD and details common behavioural characteristics associated with the condition. The workshop is presented in a developmental format and gives specific behavioural management strategies that are appropriate for individuals with FASD from infancy through young adulthood. (3 Hours)

The “Difficult” Child

  • Do you find your child difficult to raise?
    Yes or No
  • Do you find your child’s behaviour hard to understand?
    Yes or No
  • Are you often battling with your child?
    Yes or No
  • Do you sometimes feel inadequate or guilty as a parent?
    Yes or No
  • Is your marriage being affected by your child’s behaviour?
    Yes or No

“Yes” to any of the above questions may indicate you are dealing with a “difficult” child. Temperamentally difficult children confuse and upset even experienced parents and teachers. They often act in ways that are defiant, stubborn, loud, aggressive, whiny, hyperactive, clingy, shy, negative, picky and sometimes are impossible to deal with. This workshop offers practical, compassionate advice to parents of hard-to-raise children.

Autism – A World Apart

This workshop will present the latest ideas concerning the diagnosis and treatments associated with autism. Emphasis will be placed on the practical aspects of the disorder, how it impacts family life and education and coping strategies. Suitable for parents, teachers, daycare staff, social workers, etc. (3 hours)

Schizophrenia in Young People – How Parents Can Help

Schizophrenia is a cruel disease that attacks about 8 people out of every 1000. It often strikes in the adolescent years just as opportunities for most people are beginning to unfold. The financial costs involved in dealing with schizophrenia are staggering and the human costs within families are incalculable. This workshop will examine the nature, causes, symptoms, issues and treatments of schizophrenia. Most importantly, it will explain what this disease looks like in it’s early stages and will outline what parents can do to help their child. (3 hours)




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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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Contact

2720 Rath Street, Putnam, Ontario
NOL 2BO

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

Email: info@rickharper.ca

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Parents' Comments

“Rick’s approach is so logical. He helped us clearly define the problem, analyze what has happened and select the best strategy. We now feel empowered to do something positive for our kid”

(A.N. – Tillsonburg)