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Medication

It is understandable when parents become exasperated with children and teens who misbehave at home and resist learning in school. Often, out of desperation, parents resort to lecturing, scolding, shouting, and even medicating their children in a fruitless attempt to gain control over their child. Over medicating children is an epidemic in this country. Some as young as two years of age are being treated improperly with medication for behavior problems.

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One of my most important responsibilities is to counsel parents about the advantages and disadvantages of medication for their specific child. The goal is always to prevent, eliminate, or lessen the use of medication in children. Medication can often mask or temporarily

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subdue bad behavior rather than correcting or replacing it.

Cultivating New Behavioral Patterns

I teach parents methods that will help them cultivate new positive behaviors in their children. At the same time, coping with and correcting preexisting bad behavioral patterns. The goal is to empower parents with the skills and understanding to improve their relationship with their child. This also helps prevent new rebellious behavior cultivated by negative influences outside the home.

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