Two Great Speakers Coming to Kansas in April!

Johnson County will have the privilege of hosting Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, in April 2020 for a FREE workshop! Dr. Bryson has co-authored several books with Dan Siegel, MD, about brain development and the parent-child relationship. She will be speaking to parents in the evening of April 20th, and professionals on April 21st, at the … More Two Great Speakers Coming to Kansas in April!


Have you learned your ACE score yet?  ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) occur when we are children, and can impact our health and well-being throughout our lifetimes.  The understanding of ACEs is changing the landscape of healthcare and community support across the nation.  This 5-minute video explains. Ready to discover your ACE score?  Follow the link. … More ACEs

In the Greene zone! If a kid looks bad, it’s because she has some lagging skills

I just spent some time on a great website called Lives in the Balance, put out there for parents and educators by Ross W. Greene, PhD.  Dr. Greene’s approach to developing social-emotional health (or reducing challenging behavior) is not unlike Tina Payne Bryson’s and Daniel Siegel’s ideas about discovering what social and emotional skills children … More In the Greene zone! If a kid looks bad, it’s because she has some lagging skills

Praise that Works

Many of the best parenting and discipline approaches suggest that we praise our children to help them develop a healthy sense of themselves and a willingness to do what we tell them to do. We have known for a while that specific praise (“Thanks for touching the baby so gently!”) works better than general praise … More Praise that Works

Inside Out

My husband and I took our daughter to see the movie Inside Out yesterday. Man, was I impressed! Disney/Pixar used their resources to create a visual and entertaining educational film about basic human emotions, and a little bit about how to use Emotion Coaching with our children.  My husband, who is a visual learner and … More Inside Out

Baby Cheat Sheet

Happy Father’s Day to new dads, seasoned fathers, and experienced grandfathers!  Are you caring for a new baby?  Do you want to know what the baby is trying to say to you?  Here is a little dictionary of baby talk for you! Engagement Cues/Talk to Me!: When your baby is comfortable and alert, his eyes widen … More Baby Cheat Sheet

Taking Care

As parents, we need to take care of ourselves well.  Caring for children, especially children with disabilities, can leave us drained, exhausted, or even sick.  Sometimes we feel burned-out.  If we are not able to take care of ourselves well, we will not be able to provide the kind of care we want to, the … More Taking Care