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The Battle for the ZZZs

By: Brittany Williamson, MS, LMHC and Dr. Cat Baker, PhD, BCBA-D Parents of school-age children can attest that the sleep struggle is real. We consistently receive questions and concerns regarding sleep, sleep hygiene, and parental frustration regarding sleep. While it may seem the cards are stacked against us in this battle for the ZZZ’s with…

The Caffeinated Brain and Anxiety

By Brittany Williamson, MS, LMHC Wired.  Buzzed.  Pumped.  Jolted.  These are all words used to describe a caffeinated brain. Overwhelming words for a parent especially when trying to restore order, get homework done or tuck the kiddos in bed for the night. And yet, a 2016 study published in the journal Pediatrics reports that 73%…

Overcoming and Redefining Disability

By Dr. Cat Baker, PhD, BCBA-D Why did I create Florida Children’s Institute and Positive Parenting Institute? To give children who learn differently a place that understands them and to help children reach their potential despite the challenges they face. But why are those such important issues for me? Let me let you in on…

7 Tips For Helping Kids Learn From Their Mistakes 

By Dr. Cat Baker, PhD, BCBA-D Teaching your child to learn from their mistakes takes some time and energy. But, the rewards are worth it. Admittedly, it is often faster to correct, reprimand, or punish your child when they make a mistake. However, taking the time to walk through the problem-solving process will teach them a…

7 Strategies For Teaching Resilience  

By Dr. Cat Baker, PhD, BCBA-D  As you know all too well, difficulties and problems are a part of life. The wonderful thing about helping your child learn to be more resilient is that you’re equipping them to better handle the vast array of complex challenges that arise in life. We can’t train them for…

Teaching Sportsmanship Skills

By Molly Hankla, MA, BCBA Whether it might look like sibling rivalry or having a hard time making it all the way through a family game night, many kids struggle with sportsmanship while playing games – structured or otherwise. One of the most common play skills we teach school-aged children is how to be a…

7 Positive Reinforcement Tips For Parents 

By Dr. Cat Baker, PhD, BCBA-D If you’d like to build a stronger and more effective relationship with your child, using positive reinforcement can help. It’s an essential part of the positive parenting model: an approach that helps parents coach their kids for resiliency and happiness. These methods also strengthen and improve the parent-child relationship,…
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