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Ever wish people would just tell you the rules of social conduct ahead of time, not just when you break them? Sandi Toksvig’s book The Tricky Art of Co-Existing: How to Behave Decently No Matter What Life Throws Your Way is the book you need! Using a lighthearted yet forthright approach, Ms. Toksvig addresses home […]

Prepping for college is a years-long process, and today is a great day to begin.  As this NYTimes  article highlights, waiting until moments before college starts is not the optimal strategy. If you only have 10 minutes, read the NYTimes article.  If you have a few hours, try How to Raise an Adult by Julie […]

School starts soon!  (Stage left: Parents cheer and students sigh at the phrase when they hear “back to school.”)  Time to prep mentally and goal-wise. Here are some tips to get you ready: No matter the grade level, take a moment to reflect. What went well during the past year? What went well during the […]

About a year ago we relocated the office from a turn of the century building with charm and classic appeal to a brand new, paint is still wet, very modern building.  Only a 3 block move, but a hundred years in terms of AC, insulation, comfort, and amenities. The new building threw my clients for […]

Welcome to the heat of July.  This is a great time to briefly check in with yourself to see if you are meeting your summer goals. Goals come in all shapes and sizes (drink more water, exercise, read a book, decrease time online).  Where are you with your life and your goals, and what do […]

Dating is a topic that has been hot, hot, hot in my office for weeks.  My young adult clients are seeking loving, genuine relationships based on common interests.  This can be a tricky relationship to build, particularly for my somewhat introverted, shy, anxious, home-centered clients. Here are some tips to help with the Dating Project. […]

My colleague and I were brainstorming the questions parents ask, directly and indirectly, about the developmental tasks their offspring are facing as they trend toward adulthood.  Some of the questions are typical (where can I find a new psychiatrist in a college town), and some were questions that parents seem embarrassed to ask, yet really […]

This is a time of year when a number of transitions take place: graduations, end of the structure of the school year, the start of a less structured summer, perhaps a new job.  Transitions, while necessary, can be stressful.  Here are some tips for navigating a transition: Recall your past successes: When have you successfully […]

There are so many controversial topics in autism: gluten, age of diagnosis, “where you are on the spectrum,” should America still have Asperger’s as a diagnosis, and whether or not the experience of living on the spectrum varies by gender. Increasingly, I am being asked, “Where are all the girls?” and “Do you think we […]

The journey from wondering if something is developmentally different with your child to becoming an informed advocate may feel daunting. Fortunately, Jan Starr Campito has written the exceptional book Supportive Parenting: Becoming an Advocate for Your Child with Special Needs. This book belongs in every pediatrician’s office. Supportive Parenting outlines the steps, both practical and […]