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Brian A. Wong is a direct support professional, supporting adults with autism and other developmental and intellectual challenges. Having overcame his own challenges with Asperger’s Syndrome has helped him a great deal in his job. In May 2013, he received his B.A. in Psychology and minor in Counseling from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia where he was a student in the College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

During college, Brian volunteered in hospice and at bereavement camps for families and children. Prior to working in the field of developmental challenges, Brian interned in psychiatric rehabilitation; he led classes in a day program including two workshops on bereavement and has experience in supported employment for individuals with severe mental health and co-occurring substance use issues.

He has presented on the topic of bereavement and autism at the 13th Annual Marshall University of College of Liberal Arts Conference and the 22nd Annual Tri-State Psychology Conference at the University of Charleston in April 2013. In July 2013 he presented at the Autism Society of America National Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has also been published in the Spring 2013 edition of the Autism Advocate, published by the Autism Society of America, and in June 2013 appeared on Autism Radio’s show “Hope Saves the Day”.

Expert Articles by Brian A. Wong

Children and Death

Helping kids with autism spectrum disorder navigate bereavement
Bereavement is a universal loss. While many are resilient in the face of loss, individuals on the autism spectrum may not always be so resilient as their neurotypical counterparts. It is important to ...

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Kids with Special Needs

Sustain a happy marriage while raising a child with special needs
Successful marriages lead to successful families. Parents are capable of stronger parenting only when their marital relationship is healthy and solid. As a result, it is important to recognize the imp...
Build a positive sibling relationship within a special needs family
Because a great deal of complexity and individuality exists within families, the effects of having a sibling with disabilities can vary greatly depending on the child. Typical siblings are at risk for...
Giving much-needed support to parents of children with special needs
Parents raising a child with special needs must work to rebuild their dreams to accommodate the reality of their child’s disability and limitations. They must re-imagine the life their child will le...
Educate and communicate with special needs children to prevent abuse
When parents think of abuse prevention for typical children and for children with special needs, they may assume that information should be completely different. In truth, the same information needs t...
Special needs children's skills improve with Applied Behavior Analysis
Starting an ABA program for a child with special needs can be overwhelming for any family. Your ABA providers should help you navigate through the process and create a plan that will help you and your...
Helping your child overcome anxiety is not an impossible task
Helping children overcome anxiety can be quite overwhelming for a parent, caregiver or teacher. However, it is not impossible. Focusing more on “being” with the child, instead of “doing” for t...
What is Applied Behavior Analysis?
Managing a child’s mental illness begins with an informed parent
Parents raising a child with mental illness have a choice: View your child’s illness as a huge life setback -- or consider this an opportunity to grow in a way you never dreamed possible. The tips i...
Successfully tackling learning challenges at school begins at home
Life is one, big learning experience. As parents of students with learning difficulties begin to apply the advice described above, they may witness a renewed sense of academic self-esteem in their stu...
Music therapy can help improve learning, growth and development
Music is an extremely useful motivator for children with special needs. Because they are constantly exploring their environment, music therapy is an excellent modality to achieve learning, growth and ...
What is music therapy?
Successfully manage disagreements and conflict in the IEP process
Parents play an active role in their child’s IEP process, but this experience often feels extremely daunting and overwhelming. Successfully managing disagreements and conflict within the process is ...
Inclusive education for students with disabilities benefits everyone
Inclusion brings about many wonderful benefits for ALL students. With a few simple tools and a strong belief that it can work, teachers will be successful at welcoming students of all abilities into t...
A successful IEP meeting requires effective parent participation
The IEP is the most important tool parents have when their child is receiving special education services. However, in order for the tool to be effective, parents must learn how to navigate the process...
Preparation is critical when relocating a family with disabilities
Relocating a family to a new state or city can be very stressful and overwhelming--and this stress tends to increase when a child has disabilities. Because it is critical for families to be prepared b...
Focus on basic human needs to help kids with difficult behaviors
Children with disabilities have basic needs just like everyone else. If you don't have the time or energy to follow all of these do’s and don’ts, be sure to remember these two critical ideas: Taki...
Animal-assisted interventions are beneficial for kids with needs
AAI can be very helpful for kids with special needs. If you are interested in trying this therapy modality, research local therapy dog groups in your area. Another option is training your own dog -- i...
Ensure a smooth new school year for your child with special needs
It is very important to get the school year off to a great start and keep the momentum going throughout the entire year. Develop positive relationships with your child’s entire educational team, as ...
Well-planned vacations are critical for kids with special needs
Most importantly, never forget that your family vacation is supposed to be FUN. A little extra planning may take time, but could make your adventure more enjoyable....
Planning transportation services for students with disabilities
The best educational program for a child will not be effective if the child can’t get to and from school. Thus, special education law requires that students with disabilities, who need transportatio...
Addressing the issue of sexuality with kids with special needs
As parents and supporters, we need to be ready for puberty. Unfortunately, there are no manuals that tell us how to talk to our children with disabilities about sexuality. This advice provides parents...
Choose a safe therapeutic barn for kids involved in equine therapy
There is a growing trend in the use of horses as a fun, therapeutic tool. This trend ultimately leads to more and more barns and riding centers providing EAAT. Choosing a safe barn with qualified inst...
Dads must be present when helping raise a child with special needs
Raising a child with special needs is a moment-by-moment experience. Average men show their love and support through action. However, sometimes pausing, taking a step back and being calm and present i...
Develop open communication with the teacher of your special needs child
It is very important to create consistent and open communication with your child’s teacher. Keeping a daily communication log is the key to this communication. Be sure to develop two-way communicati...
Emergency preparedness is critical for individuals with disabilities
Emergency preparedness is the personal responsibility of every individual and every family. Individuals have the duty to think about--and plan--for their own safety and the safety of their family. Whi...
Encouraging independence is critical for kids with special needs
Families need to decide how much their child with special needs is able to make educational, vocational and medical decisions. From an early age, children should be encouraged to be as independent as ...
Make airline travel easy for families with physical disabilities
Flying is the most convenient and safest way to travel. Once you master the details, traveling with your disabled child will be no more difficult than getting out of bed every day. The travel experien...
Encouraging friendships between kids with disabilities and peers
The grade school years should be filled with friendships and learning for all students, including those with special needs. Teaching typically-developing students how to be friends with those who are ...
Helping sibs of kids with disabilities manage embarrassment
Growing up is not always easy. Standing out in a crowd and managing extreme feelings of embarrassment can make life even more difficult. While you may just want to belong to a typical family at times,...
Helping sibs advocate for people with intellectual disabilities
Don’t be afraid to use your creative skills in advocating for individuals with disabilities. The ideas are endless. Just remember that even though you are just one person, you can make a difference....
Helping children with special needs improve health and fitness
To become ambassadors for our own health, we have to start somewhere. Using this advice will help your family make the right choices for a healthy lifestyle, so that they, too, can become ambassadors ...
Help your child with sensory processing disorder to succeed
Children with sensory processing disorder may have difficulty completing everyday activities, leading to frustration and behavioral difficulties. Consistency of approach, predictable routines and plan...
Navigating swim lessons for kids with and without disabilities
Swimming is a great physical and social activity that promotes health and wellness for all individuals. The key to having successful swim lessons is preparing your child for expectations and the envir...
Support groups help mothers raising kids with disabilities
Being a member of a support group can provide moms with strength and help them feel less alone in the world. A support group gives them a much-needed outlet when they have difficulty communicating wit...
Easing the stress of airline travel for children with special needs
Parents must be thoughtful and strategic when traveling with a child with special needs. While the advice in this article will make travel less daunting, it is important to have an open, frank discuss...
Meltdowns: help for kids with special needs and their parents
It can be extremely stressful to experience a meltdown. But with a little planning and organization, you can stay calm to provide support, structure and reassurance....
Help to prepare your kid with disabilities for employment success
Young adults with developmental disabilities are capable of incredible things, including careers that allow them to live happily and independently. But finding this career involves a great deal of pla...
Providing access to dance classes for kids with special needs
Every individual who enjoys dance should have the opportunity to participate. The experience of enjoying the movement, costumes, music and social interaction of dance is quite fulfilling. Giving child...
Providing lifetime care for your child with special needs
Handling all aspects of special needs planning creates the greatest piece of mind that a caregiver can have. If one aspect is missed, it can disrupt all of the other planning, creating disastrous resu...
Expert advice on helping your child with dyslexia learn to read
Understanding dyslexia and how it works is the first step in helping your child. While dyslexia can make it quite challenging for kids to learn to read, it is not an impossible feat. There are numerou...
Planning for the future care of your child with special needs
These financial conversations are not fun. They are uncomfortable, scary and overwhelming. The key is to surround yourself with the appropriate supports and commit to take action to reduce the stress....
Using music to bring together kids with and without special needs
Having typically-developing siblings and peers join in musical experiences with children with special needs can be wonderful if done correctly. The key is to create a positive, fulfilling experience f...
Obtaining a school evaluation for kids with possible special needs
It is difficult for parents to watch their children struggle in school. However, parents should not feel alone. It is the job of the school to help your child. As a result, it is very important for pa...
Managing embarrassment of a brother or sister with special needs
During embarrassing situations, all siblings and parents must remember that this is their family and the best support they can receive is from each other. Talk to each other and, most importantly, lis...
Teach home and community safety skills to kids with special needs
It is important to teach safety skills to children with ASD and other developmental disabilities. Having a good safety plan, teaching safety skills across a variety of settings and situations, and ens...
Donating your child's blood and tissue samples for research
One of the main barriers to finding treatments or cures for rare, genetic diseases is the lack of available human cell and tissue resources for scientists to use to test potential drug compounds or ge...
Art therapy helps cultivate development in children with special needs
Children living with special needs, like all children, want to be able to express themselves and be successful. Art therapy is a beneficial and enjoyable way to help support your child’s development...
Self-care is critical for parents raising kids with disabilities
The greatest gift that parents can give their children is to be a healthy mom and dad. While we often start the New Year with promises of changing our lifestyle--and improving our lives and the lives ...
Find the best adaptive dance class for your child with special needs
There are many benefits to enrolling your child in a dance or movement class. As advances are made in adaptive dance education, more options are becoming available. With just a few extra steps, you ca...
What is sensory processing disorder and how parents manage it
Children with sensory processing issues live in a world that is confusing, disruptive and often scary to their nervous system. Tackling these issues therapeutically can be a lot of work for children a...
Your special needs child can feel free and bloom at summer camp
Going to camp is an exciting experience for any child--and it is an opportunity worth pursuing for your child with special needs. Take time to review each and every camp opportunity. Don’t limit you...
Families with disabilities must help maintain balance for siblings
Siblings of kids with disabilities are in a unique position and require extra caution and sensitivity from parents. Helping your typical kids to have a balanced life without overwhelming expectations ...
Understanding how to achieve inclusion for kids with disabilities
Any question of school inclusion can be answered with an enthusiastic YES! With intentionality and care, inclusion can be planned and carried out joyfully and creatively in direct consultation with th...
Parents must effectively communicate with their child's IEP team
As a parent, communicating effectively with the IEP team is a skill you must master to assure your child is receiving an appropriate education. You are your child’s IEP team leader. Documenting conc...
Stress-free IEP meetings can lead to better outcomes for students
It is possible to have less stress at IEP meetings, which will lead to better outcomes for students. Meetings are more successful when parents come prepared to give their valuable input, are committed...
Planning for the future needs of your child with a disability
When you are gone, nobody can replace the love and understanding you have for your son or daughter. However, with proper planning, you can leave family members and professionals with the tools they ne...

Caring for Teens and Adults with Disabilities

Teens with special needs must prep for transition to adulthood
It is important to give teens the tools, strategies and confidence they need to learn about their disability, learning style and strengths. This is necessary so they can develop their self- awareness,...
Achieving inclusion for college students with special needs
Every student--with and without disability labels--deserves the opportunity to pursue higher education. We must move away from the subtle and not-so-subtle discouragement that prevents students with s...
Caring for an aging sibling with disabilities entails teamwork
As your loved one with disabilities ages, the challenges can be daunting. By planning ahead and working with family members and professionals, you will find that you are not alone, and the journey can...
Negotiating adulthood as a teen or young adult with disabilities
It is vital to create a strong vision and transition plan for young adults with disabilities. Approach this vision and plan with creativity, flexibility and commitment. Instant messaging, getting a dr...
Tailoring sex education to teens and adults on the autism spectrum
When kids with ASD start to get older, parents panic. While they used to want their kids to do the same things as their peers, suddenly they no longer want them doing what the “normal” kids are do...
Supporting postsecondary success for teens with learning differences
Embarking on a postsecondary pursuit can be an intimidating venture--for both the student and the parent. Students with learning differences will continue to require support through their postsecondar...
Students with disabilities must plan for postsecondary education
Detailed planning for entrance into postsecondary education is vital for the success of students with ID. Start early and be sure to include high school coursework, which is necessary for entrance int...
Building connections and community for teens with disabilities
As parents raising children with special needs, you can do this. Don’t forget to take care of yourself, get some rest and do some fun things just for you. Who knows? You may meet someone in your yog...
Recreation can help teens with needs transition to community life
For individuals with disabilities, collaboration is the key to success when it comes to transitioning from school to community life. Focus your efforts on developing appropriate social, interpersonal ...
Helping teens with autism spectrum disorder prepare for college
Planning for college is an exciting time. While it can be stressful for any student, it is particularly challenging for students with disabilities. There are many things that can be done well in advan...
Teach kids with social learning challenges to become independent
Being social is an everywhere skill. Whether the setting is at home, at school or in the community, we are constantly using our social sense to figure out how to be around others. Some of us excel at ...
Preparing teens with special needs and learning issues for college
Transitioning a high-functioning child with ASD or other neurologically-based learning disabilities is a long process that does not occur overnight. Working on independent living skills pays off in th...
Making college a reality for youth with intellectual disabilities
Young adults with intellectual disabilities have more college options open to them than ever before. And just like their peers without disabilities, they should start early in preparing for these oppo...
Sexuality education is vital for teens with intellectual disabilities
Because sexuality education is a very important subject for special education students, parents must advocate for a meaningful program in their local school district. A teen or young adult with a disa...
How can individuals with disabilities seek and pursue employment?
Everyone who wants to work can do so--no matter how significant a person’s disability-related employment barrier may be. Supported employment and customized employment technologies often hold the ke...
Help teens on the autism spectrum to navigate social relations
The teenage years are a tough time in the life of teens and their parents. Even though they are looking to be more independent, they still need guidance. Just because their chronological age is that o...
Person-directed planning can empower individuals with autism
In spite of the communication, social and consistency challenges that some individuals with autism spectrum disorder present, many on the autism spectrum are able to partake in a planning process that...
Explore postsecondary options for students with learning differences
At first glance, the college search process can appear overwhelming. However, it can be a very enlightening time for both students and parents. Particularly for students with learning differences, tak...
How can parents help youth with special needs to become adults?
The parents of kids with special needs are tough heroes who climb uphill every day in honor of their kids and their rights. And the parents who are able to let others in and let their kids truly grow ...

Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Children with autism need special care to ensure oral health
Children with autism cannot always communicate their needs. Consider the aforementioned tips to make sure your child receives the care he or she deserves. A child’s mouth is a gateway to the rest of...
Early detection for autism can significantly impact your child's life
The best policy is to be open with your pediatrician. No question is a silly question. When it comes to your child’s health and wellness, being a little over-cautious is a good thing. If you find th...
Children with autism spectrum disorder will grow with help at home
Every child progresses at different rates and has different interests. Be patient with your child and celebrate the small achievements. As a parent, join an autism parenting group where you can meet o...
Communicating at home with your child on the autism spectrum can be rewarding
First, take care of yourself. Second, you should start thinking about communicating in a fun way that is natural and doesn’t have to take a lot of time. Think about how to interact with your child i...
Understanding a child on the autism spectrum can help them thrive
Parents raising children with ASD no longer need to feel hopeless and lost. As the number of children with neurobehavioral issues steadily increases, so has the number of resources and programs availa...
Exercise is vital to a healthy lifestyle for kids with autism
Exercise is extremely important for kids, whether it takes place in a class setting or at home. Be sure to make the exercises appropriate for your child by changing the movements, environments or prog...
Doing your homework before using nutrition to treat ASD
Before starting supplements or a new diet, it is important to check with your child’s doctor or a registered dietitian. Because few studies have looked at the total intake of nutrients from food and...
Helping kids on the spectrum learn to use their vision is vital
To function optimally, every individual needs a visual system that works efficiently and correctly. Allowing kids with ASD the opportunity to learn how to effectively use their vision will help them r...
Helping kids on the autism spectrum to use their vision is vital
To function optimally, every individual needs a visual system that works efficiently and correctly. Allowing kids with ASD the opportunity to learn how to effectively use their vision will help them r...
Advice for providing grief support to kids on the autism spectrum
Grief is a chaotic and difficult time for all of us. It is a normal and natural response to the death of someone we love. Each person mourns and grieves through the lens of their own particular way of...
Help kids on the autism spectrum improve language and reasoning
The key to helping children with ASD is to understand what causes them to become emotionally dysregulated. By helping them use language to express their feelings, they can help us better understand wh...
Making exercise part of life for children on the autism spectrum
Exercise is the gateway to improve self-esteem, fitness and relationships for individuals on the autism spectrum. While physical activity promotes a healthy lifestyle, it is vital to adapt to your chi...
Reaping the benefits of exercise for those on the autism spectrum
Physical activity has been shown to improve fitness levels and motor coordination in individuals with ASD. Increasing aerobic exercise can greatly reduce negative, self-stimming behaviors that are com...
Managing picky eating in children with autism spectrum disorders
It can be very difficult when your child doesn’t have a healthy diet and you end up cooking two dinners every night--a hotdog for your child and roast chicken for the rest of the family. But it is n...
Helping your children to understand their autism spectrum disorder
Don’t keep secrets. Help your children to conceptualize their ASD in their own way, on their own developmental terms, so they can explain themselves to themselves--and to others. Not understanding t...
Helping children with autism spectrum disorders face their fears
Children with ASD and anxiety face a variety of obstacles in school, home and community environments. However, these children also have tremendous strength. With the right tools and support from an al...
Teach social skills to individuals with autism spectrum disorder
Social skill proficiency is an integral and essential part of our daily life. By diagnostic definition, individuals with ASD often struggle to learn and demonstrate appropriate social behavior in acad...
Ensuring safety and security for children on the autism spectrum
As adults, we practice our risk management skills every time we lock a door or put on a car seat belt. Taking these precautions becomes part of our daily routine. While developing the resiliency to ad...
Evaluating educational programs for kids on the autism spectrum
Evaluating educational programs and determining which one is best for your child is an arduous task that takes much time and patience. Remember that you are the person who knows your child best. Be pr...
Helping kids with autism spectrum disorder bond over music
Music is a powerful way to express oneself and feel connected with others. Bringing music into the home setting can help family members bond with each other in a creative and motivating atmosphere. No...
Creating Halloween traditions with kids on the autism spectrum
It is vital for kids with ASD to feel safe and comfortable. However, the holiday of Halloween is full of traditions that do not support these needs. As a result, families must find a way to create the...
Teaching vital safety skills to kids with autism spectrum disorder
Safety is critical for all kids--especially kids on the autism spectrum. Teaching the skills necessary to maintain personal safety is essential to promoting independence for those with a developmental...
Learning to connect with nonverbal kids on the autism spectrum
Children with ASD often develop on a different timetable or in a different order than is expected. It is important to relax, respect, and be authentic and humble. Remember to try and connect with the ...
Positive behavioral supports for children on the autism spectrum
When building habits, it is vital to rehearse in order to create synchronicity and behavioral momentum. To implement positive guidance techniques, don’t forget to keep it simple and achievable. Prac...
Build connections and self-esteem with Autism Movement Therapy
By using Autism Movement Therapy with kids on the autism spectrum, the brain can be cognitively redirected or re-mapped. AMT’s repetition of movement patterns and sequences establishes pathways for ...
Kids on the autism spectrum can improve social skills through play
Every child speaks the language of play. Kids know when you are playing to get something versus when you are playing to have fun. All parents have witnessed their child’s tenacity and persistence wh...
Celebrating a happy holiday season with kids on the autism spectrum
Be sure to have fun this holiday with all of the members of your family. Let each one know how much you enjoy their company. Don’t forget to meet kids with ASD at their developmental level, which ma...
Communicate and connect with children on the autism spectrum
Many people have a difficult time communicating with children with ASD. While communication can be challenging at times, it is possible if you meet each child with the intention of connecting and you ...
Managing the wandering tendencies of kids on the autism spectrum
The issue of wandering is a serious concern for many families in the autism community. But with appropriate precautions and education, caregivers can significantly reduce the risk of wandering....
Using service dogs to help kids with autism spectrum disorder
Service dogs can help children and their families--not the disability. A service dog can be valuable medicine for a child with ASD. In a world that is frequently marked by criticism and loneliness, a ...
How can kids on the autism spectrum get the most out of an iPad?
Getting familiar with your new iPad is just the beginning of a steep learning curve. It is not that the iPad is so difficult to access. In fact, it is fairly intuitive and simple. The learning comes w...
How to parent siblings of a child with an autistic spectrum disorder
Parenting is a challenge, and that challenge may be complicated if you have neurodiverse children. Creating a bond between siblings when one has an Autistic Spectrum Disorder takes understanding. The ...
Help young kids on the autism spectrum avoid behavior challenges
Parents usually see a huge improvement in their child’s behavior when they begin to use visual strategies for challenging situations. It’s not difficult for parents to learn how to use simple visu...

Coping with Death and Grief

Cope with grief in a culture that tends to not honor bereavement
Perhaps you’ve already noticed, the most important thing we need to do when we’re grieving is to love ourselves deeply. This is easier for some and not as easy for others. If we already know ourse...
Learn how to cope when a loved one commits suicide
I hope that this discussion of an admittedly difficult topic helps. Perhaps the best reaction to suicide is re-dedicating our lives to creating a better world in which those who are suffering so have ...
Use memories of the person you lost to help you grieve
There are many ways to use your memories to help yourself through the loss of a loved one. You can enjoy thinking about the happy memories, and you do not have to stay angry, sad, or have regrets. Goi...
Participating in a grief support group can benefit your well-being
Groups that are created to support and provide community for those dealing with grief make an important impact. There is one constant in the journey of someone who has lost a loved one: something big ...
Grieving is normal, but it's vital to do so in a healthy way
While grief is often described as a “process,” the truth is the process is never the same for anyone. Just as our interpersonal relationships with friends and family are different and ever-changin...
How to explain death and terminal illness to your loved ones
Knowing how to start this important conversation and what to say and what not to say can help ease your own fear and anxiety during this time. Odds are you are also grieving over this diagnosis or los...
How to respond to a friend when their loved one has passed
While you may feel awkward in knowing how to respond when a friend loses a loved one, this is a time when you can show your support and true friendship. Ignoring the death is the wrong reaction. Keep ...

Raising Teens

Help your teenager cope with their anger management problem
When a person expresses their anger, that is a normal human emotion. To expect people not to get angry is not realistic (unless you have a lobotomy). It is how we present our anger that is important. ...
Viewing your teen as a developing adult can improve your relationship
Your teenager needs your love and support to succeed. Work to see your teen as a developing adult, who can be frustrating, and whose actions can be alarming. Try to treasure the child you have and to ...
Raising preteens and laying a positive foundation for the future
The preteen years can be incredibly fun and enriching for parents and children. However, you must rethink your parenting style from when your children were younger. Be sure to enjoy their energy and e...
Support your teen's academic success and healthy development
Support your teens in their academic pursuits in practical ways, such as leaving time for homework, as well as in emotional ways, such as empathizing with challenges and talking through possible appro...
Helping your teen navigate the college admissions process
The college search and admissions process is a complicated one, and it is natural for parents to want to help their children through it. By following these tips, you can make the process less stressfu...
Independent college consultants can help teens apply to college
Given the lack of college counseling in many of our nation’s high schools, it is completely understandable why families are relying more on independent college consultants. By following the advice i...
Teach your teenager how to avoid substance abuse
Hopefully this article has made it a little easier for you as a parent to understand how to better prevent your child from developing a substance addiction as they grow older. Raising a child can be o...
Keep your teenage driver safe behind the wheel and on the road
When it comes to driving, teens are young and inexperienced. As a result, we expect them to have a few bumps in the road when learning such an important skill. Because this is the first legal responsi...
Learn the facts on teen driving safety
Raise a respectful, polite teen by setting appropriate boundaries
Parenting tweens and teens is tough. They are emotional, dramatic, egocentric and strong in their beliefs. But they are also watching, listening and wanting a parent to parent them. Always keep in min...
Supporting your teenage daughter through the dating experience
The dating experience is full of joy and heartbreak. It is vital to be supportive and encouraging, while also setting boundaries and limits. Remember to help educate your daughter about her body and h...
Improve your teen parenting by understanding the teenage years
When raising teens, remember that children of all ages, including teenagers—replete with raging hormones and drama—make us smile, energize us, frustrate us, annoy us, anger us, pull for others to ...
How do I relate to and communicate with my teenager?
Raising teens in today’s complex world can be quite challenging. The key to success is understanding your teenagers and their behavior, as well as learning to effectively communicate and connect....
Help and protect your teen who practices self-injury and cutting
If you have discovered that your child is self-harming, this is an extremely difficult time for the both of you. Please find professional help for them and for yourself. Cutting, burning, and otherwis...
Are there any signs of abuse in your teenager's relationship?
Teens must understand that healthy relationships are about feeling good and feeling safe. And they should never settle for less. Deciding whom to have a relationship with is one of the most precious g...
Effectively communicate with your teenager about substance abuse
Preventing drug use is an important part of parenting, which can be made easier through awareness, education and understanding. Active involvement in communication and teaching by example are effectiv...
What's the best way for parents to discuss sexuality with boys?
Sexuality is a complex topic that deserves lots of conversation and parental input. For the vast majority of teens and adults, dating, romance, and sexuality form a central part of their identity and ...
Teen sexting: What all parents need to know
With the advent of many new picture/video sharing apps, it’s easier than ever to share with friends, family - and even strangers - across the globe. While picture/video sharing can be a wonderful wa...
Managing the difficult issue of drug and alcohol use in teenagers
This advice is based on an approach, which is supported by strong, scientific research. It has been proven to work for parents of adolescent around the country, and even around the world. Although the...
Help teens build resiliency, improve coping skills and ease stress
Although parents can feel helpless when they see teens suffering from stress, we have the power to greatly reduce their pressures and promote their resiliency. Knowing how chronic stress undermines su...
Managing the difficult issue of drug and alcohol use in your teen
This advice is based on an approach, which is supported by strong, scientific research. It has been proven to work for parents of adolescent around the country, and even around the world. Although the...
Parenting your rebellious teen and encouraging healthy independence
It is a challenging time for the both of you. Your teen is trying to be an individual and may be struggling with low self-esteem, peer pressure, anxiety and depression and you are struggling with thei...
Get a plan and the tools to communicate with your college freshman
Undoubtedly, freshman year is extremely challenging for most families. However, if you keep the communication channels open, the process can be a little less painful and far less stressful—for the e...
Teach your teens to recognize the dangers of distracted driving
There are only two types of distracted drivers: Those who already have caused harm and those who will. Safe drivers are different from lucky drivers. The good news is that distracted driving is preven...
How can you help your child sustain long-term addiction recovery?
Addiction is a disease, and recovery is a process that can be navigated successfully. Like all teenagers, youth with a substance use disorder, who are in recovery, still need structure, reinforcers, c...
How should you talk to your teenage daughter about dating violence?
Make the conscientious decision to discuss dating violence with your daughter as early as possible. By having these conversations with your daughter, she will become educated about what dating violenc...
Parents must create an addiction prevention family plan for teens
Addiction and substance use/abuse is a complex problem. There are no definite rules on how to deal with it in the home. It intersects both biology and behavior, and is one of the most debilitating and...
How should parents talk with their teenagers about substance use?
It is a fact that adolescence is the primary period of risk and onset for substance use. Parents must keep in mind that smart parenting is essential during this time. When talking with teens about use...
Support teens in making good choices regarding drugs and alcohol
Parents must be aware of how to help teens manage the use of alcohol and drugs. Remember that teens will be more influenced by the example you set than what you say. Teens want your attention, whether...
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