MONA M DELAHOOKE, PH.D.

The protests and headlines of recent weeks have forced many of us to examine our lives and communities through a new lens. In the process, we have opened our eyes to bias and discrimination as never before.

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Polyvagal Theory widens the perspective on managing kids’ challenging behaviors.

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When we practice personalized attunement, we are better able to manage the inevitable dynamic shifts in a child’s receptivity, mood states, and availability for learning. Let me show you how this strengthens relationships...

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Over the years I have come to believe that oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is not a label that should be used to describe young children. As a developmental psychologist, I view oppositional defiance as a child’s response to stress. Viewing children’s challenging behaviors on a continuum of stress and stress recovery reveals a whole new way to think about this stigmatizing disorder, as well as a new way to support children, informed by neuroscience.

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Mona Delahooke, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than 30 years of experience caring for children and their families.  She is a senior faculty member of the Profectum Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting families of neurodiverse children, adolescents and adults.  Dr. Delahooke holds the highest level of endorsement in the field of infant and toddler mental health in California, as a Reflective Practice Mentor (RPM).  She is a frequent speaker, trainer, and consultant to parents, organizations, schools, and public agencies.  Dr. Delahooke has dedicated her career to promoting compassionate, relationship-based neurodevelopmental interventions for children with developmental, behavioral, emotional, and learning differences.  She is the author of the award-winning book, Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children's Behavioral Challenges (PESI, 2019), and the upcoming book, Brain-Body Parenting, now available for preorder.  Her popular blog, at www.monadelahooke.com, covers a range of topics useful for caregivers and childhood providers.





Speaker Disclosures:



Financial: Dr. Mona Delahooke maintains a private practice. She is a trainer consultant at the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health and Villa Esperanza Services, and she is a staff member and faculty trainer at the Profectum Foundation. She maintains employment relationships with the Interdisciplinary Council on Learning Disorders and the Southern CA DIR Regional Institute.  Dr. Delahooke receives royalties as a published author, and she receives a speaking honorarium and product royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

 



Non-financial: Dr. Mona Delahooke is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Zero to Three Foundation, the Infant Development Association of California, and the Partnership for Awareness.