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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How To Get Your Kids To Do Their Chores

kids and chores

Written by Dr. John Carosso Are you feeling like the unpaid help? Do you find yourself relentlessly cleaning-up, picking-up, putting-away, cooking, transporting, washing, re-washing, doting and doing just about everything else while your kids seemingly are on vacation, watching TV, playing video games, playing with their friends, and not even remotely lifting a hand to help you as they watch […]

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Autism: Dealing with Aggression and Tantrums

Child and temper tantrums

Written by Dr. John Carosso The question: I was recently asked an excellent question from a parent with an adorable, nonverbal child with autism. The concern is that the kiddo does not seem to understand consequences such as time-out, and loss of privilege has little impact. The aggression reportedly often stems from, for example, a sibling being in close proximity, […]

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Facebook Question: “What About The Siblings of My Special Needs Child?”


Written by Dr. John Carosso A parent on Facebook asked a good question regarding the difficulty of her other children, the siblings of her special needs child, not understanding the difference in discipline between them and their brother, and how this causes dissension and frustration. In addition, from other parents, there has been concern expressed about siblings copying maladaptive behavior, […]

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