Giving Children an Allowance: Nurturing Resilience

Parents often ask me questions that pertain to the topic of giving children allowances.

Mommy Ate All My Halloween Candy!

When Mommy eats your Halloween candy its not a good thing.

The Benefits of Psychotherapy

Mental health is as complex as ever.

The Tale of the Tortoise and the Hare

In the news the past two weeks were two important stories concerning the treatment and long term outcome of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD. These reports have wide ramifications for children with all types of developmental disorders including Autism.

A Good Day Is When Bad Things Don't Happen

Michael is an 11-year-old fifth grader with Autism Spectrum Disorder I have worked with for the past year. At the time of my assessment a year ago, despite receiving special services at school, Michael had made minimal progress.

CDC Releases Flawed Study on ASD Incidence

Two weeks ago the Center for Disease Control published what I know to be an extremely flawed survey suggesting that Utah has the highest incidence of childhood Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the country. No explanation was provided for this incidence report.

A Mother and Son's Perspective of His Autism

Being empathic, which is not always easy to achieve for parents and other caregivers, is rendered even more difficult when a child or adolescent is on the autism spectrum.

Understanding the Difference Between Ability and Knowledge

How do children learn and why do some struggle?

Identifying and Reinforcing "Islands of Competence" in Children with ASD

In the beginning of our careers my colleague Dr. Sam Goldstein and I, similar to many psychologists trained in the late 1960s and 1970s, focused on fixing deficits rather than building on strengths.

What Exactly Is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Is it a single condition? Is it many conditions with similar symptoms? We are slowly beginning to understand that while there may be differences between children with ASD, this condition represents significant social, communication and behavioral challenges for children.