Managing Your Child’s Public Behavior

Managing Tantrums in Public

Written by Dr. John Carosso Public outings with your child can be quite challenging and demanding, and there tends to be more outings over the summer recess. Children sometimes find the environment, whether it be a store or amusement park, to be over-stimulating, and want to carry-out the outing ‘on their terms’ rather than on yours. However, if you plan […]

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Autism and “Self-Stimulatory Behaviors”

Autism and Self-Stimulatory Behaviors

Written by Dr. John Carosso Confusion about the name, “self-stimulatory behavior” As you do your own research about “self-stimulatory behaviors” or SSB’s, you’ll find a tremendous amount of information that can be quite helpful. However, it also can be very confusing. You’re going to hear many things about this aspect of autism that often-times is contradictory. In fact, even what […]

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Teaching the TEACCH Method

Autism Parenting and Structured Learning

Written by Dr. John Carosso What does TEACCH stand for? It’s an acronym for the Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication Related Handicapped Children (quite a mouthful). It was developed at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in the early 1970’s by Eric Schopler. Okay, so what is it? The idea is that some kids do much better […]

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Bolstering Your Child’s Self-Esteem: Part II- Relationship with You

Written by Dr. John Carosso Where we left off We had discussed, in Part I, the importance of your child’s relationship with God in enhancing his or her self-esteem. Next we move-on to the most important person in your child’s life. So, who is that most important person? Well, it’s you. Yes, go figure; you’re far and away the most […]

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The Placebo Effect, Hope, and the Power of Words

parenting tips- words have power

Written by Dr. John Carosso What is the placebo effect? A placebo is something that has no active therapeutic properties and is given to a patient to make them think they are getting the actual medication. The placebo effect is that some patients, interestingly, actually get better when given the placebo. Medications are compared to placebo because, if not better […]

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