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photo of siblings of a child with special needs ME guests, Lori Brown-De Alba & Angie Bellefeuille

When parents have a child with special needs, they often find that much of their time and energy goes into caring and advocating for that child. And they often experience a wide range of emotions about the daily challenges, hopes and uncertain future for their child. But what about siblings of a child with special…

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photo of challenging behavior in early childhood ME guest, Dr. Anne Gearity

It is not uncommon for a young child to be expelled from child care due to a challenging behavior, especially hurtful behaviors like biting or hitting. And yet it’s hard to imagine a young child who doesn’t occasionally lash out in frustration or anger and have a hard time calming down and re-engaging in a…

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photo of raising your spirited child ME guest, Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

Let’s face it; some children have us walking on eggshells. They get rattled when something interferes with their usual routine. If we try to rush them out the door in the morning – or if they’ve missed a couple hours of sleep – they may go into a complete meltdown.   Parent educator and author…

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photo of hypnosis for children ME guest, Dr. Andy Barnes

Clinical hypnosis for children can sound strange or even scary to many of us. But University of Minnesota pediatrician Andy Barnes finds hypnosis for children to be an effective, child-friendly way to help his young patients (tots to teens) use play and imagination to strengthen self-regulation skills and manage their behavior in situations that challenge…

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photo of early childhood social-emotional development ME guest, Paula Frisk

Have you ever heard someone say about a baby or toddler, “It’s a good thing that trauma happened before he was aware of it.” Unfortunately, that is a very misleading statement. Long before babies have words, they can experience stress and trauma and remember it in their bodies and brains, often with lasting negative effects…

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