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Training The Preschool Brain

Symptoms of ADHD and other attention struggles can manifest in very young children. Even babies and toddlers reveal signs of atypical attention patterns that can lead to later cognitive struggles. Yet there is very little scientific foundation for early intervention and few resources available for parents of toddlers with signs of attention problems.   For most kids who display signs and symptoms… read more

Don’t Look At Me With That Tone of Voice!

Every day we are confronted with a myriad of facial expressions and correlating interpretations. I head into a meeting with a new colleague: Is that a welcoming smile, a condescending smirk, or a fake show of teeth to hide nervousness? What about that look I got from my daughter’s ballet teacher: was she frowning in… read more

Me, Me, and More of Me

Juliana came in from school and rushed straight to her room. After 45 minutes of meticulously arranging her hair and make-up she sat in the afternoon sunlight by her window and smiled coquettishly into her smart phone. She spent half an hour posing, snapping pictures, and editing every perceivable flaw. Finally happy with the results,… read more

Neurological Evidence of Autism

A healthy brain is constantly in motion with complex and instantaneous neural connections from dawn to dusk, and even during those sleeping hours between. For most people these connections are as unique as a snowflake and yet as consistently similar as the human form. As a human grows there are typical characteristics of neural connectivity… read more

A New Year; A New Brain

It was the evening of January 1st, 2019 when my oldest son garnered the family’s attention at the dinner table. “It’s New Year’s Day,” he announced with a dramatic flair, “and I’ve got something important to tell you all.” While his tone was serious, I detected a twinkle in his eye that alerted me to… read more

Incremental Goals For A Better New Year

Oh the joy of January: goal setting! For many of us, the frustration and disappointment of failure to achieve goals is a strong deterrent for typical New Year’s resolutions. After too many wasted gym-membership payments in February and March, we eventually ditch the idea of getting fit for the new year altogether. Yet research shows… read more

Holiday Hangovers, Stress, and the Brain

Imagine it: Pounding headache, sour stomach, and fatigue like a heavy blanket willing me to close my eyes. Fifteen minutes before I needed to be at the office; enough time to stop for coffee. The decaf latte would be more a distraction than a caffeine rush but hopefully help me snap out of it. No,… read more

A Nod to The New Year

Hot off the press… SAGE Journals publication of Perception offers insight into a simple way to achieve improved eye contact and interpersonal connection in the new year! Apparently most of us automatically focus on the left eye and left side of the face as we engage with others. However, researchers from the University of California… read more

Giving: The Happiest Gift of All

Research now offers scientific evidence for accuracy of the age-old-adage, “it is better to give than to receive.” In a delightfully Christmas-themed post this past week, Science Daily shared the good news of research results soon to be published by the Association for Psychological Science. Researchers conducted two experiments designed to measure self-reported feelings of… read more

Plugged In: The Conundrum of Disconnected Connections

It was 7:30AM as I drove through the bitter cold winter wind. Despite the heat blowing from my car vents the atmosphere inside felt bitter cold as well. My son sat stiffly beside me, arms crossed angrily across his 12-year old chest and glared out at the frosty landscape. I knew he was probably reflecting… read more

Ditch Your Phone For A Happier Home

Parent Screen-Time Coincides with Child Behavior Problems.  The spaghetti sauce simmers on the stove, salad is ready to go, and I toss the noodles with olive oil. I pour a glass of merlot and plop down on the couch for a five-minute break. I scroll through Instagram posts, comment on my friend’s beach pictures, and… read more