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Parent Coaching


Being a parent is complex and challenging task. "Good parenting" doesn't just happen.  It requires patience, compassion, emotional maturity, coping skills, a support network, and effective parental tools and strategies.  Parenting demands are intensified when a child struggles with behavioral problems or psychological concerns, experiences a family transition, or wrestles with an attention deficit, learning disability, or special need.    

We believe all moms, dads and caregivers can benefit from professional support and assistance to help with parenting issues, including:  Single parents, working parents, divorced parents, stay-at-home parents, exhausted and frustrated parents.  Caring, enlightened, concerned caregivers who want their children to be happy, confident and independent.  Mothers and fathers who want to enrich the bond between parent and child.

A parent coach, who also has life experience as a parent, can provide you with support in your parenting role and assist you in developing effective parental skills and strategies.  A parent coach who is also a psychologist can help you understand your child's special needs, the psychological factors influencing their behavior, and the developmental needs of their stage of life.  Since children's cognitive ability, emotional maturity, social skills, and behavioral expectations change as they develop, it is important to match your parenting techniques with your child's developmental stage.   

Some general strategies that parents find helpful and effective include:

  • Avoid power struggles.  State your expectations and explain the consequences of not following through, and then let your child make the decision.  When appropriate, allow for "natural consequences" that arise from the real-life results of a choice.

  • Catch your child being good.  Provide specific praise, compliments, and positive attention when your child is successful in an activity at home or school, or engages in a positive social action (such as sharing a toy or being kind to a sibling).

  • Help your child identify the feelings and thinking process that accompany their decisions and actions.  Ask how he or she felt when they acted as they did, and how they think it might have made others feel.      

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