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The Wiggle Room: Fidget Spinners

What’s behind the popular classroom craze?Pediatric occupational therapists (OTs) are constantly recommending various fidget tools for patients with ADHD, Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder. It has take...

Keeping the Peace

How to deal with toddler temper tantrums in public If you’re a parent, you’ve faced the dilemma of dealing with a child’s challenging behavior in public. And chances are there have been times when you wished t...

Why It’s Important to Have “The Talk” Now

A report came out earlier this year that showed teen pregnancies have dropped to historic lows in Louisiana. While that’s certainly encouraging, our rates of sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise. We le...

Raising Respectful Sons Starts Early in Life

A baby’s sense of himself and others starts right from birth and the most important teachers are his parents. Raising a respectful son who respects girls and women should begin with expectations about how he sh...

Understanding Challenging Behavior

Biting. Screaming. Lying. These and other common misbehaviors in kids often have predictable triggers: hunger, boredom, over-stimulation, being overly tired, or trying to avoid punishment. How a child reacts to...
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Understanding The Shy Child

What we commonly call “shyness” is not a behavior problem. It’s a temperament trait. Temperament research focuses on nine personality characteristics that have been found to remain constant throughout a person’...
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Taming The Tantrums

Laurel Thomas of Metairie gives an exasperated groan as she explains how she handled two tantrums simultaneously today, from her four-year-old daughter, Caroline, and her five-year-old-son, Christian.“I can...
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Tips To Avoid And End A Tantrum

Tips to avoid a tantrum  1.  Make sure your child has enough food and rest2.  Redirect a frustrated child to another activity3.  Offer choices: instead of saying, “go to bed now” say, “what do...
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Tips To Prevent Bullying Of Autistic Children

 There are measures you can take to help your child with ASD from being bullied.  1.  Role play the situations. Start the conversation to make them feel safe and be as specific as possible.2.  Mak...