What do you know about gluten?

pediatric profiler pictureGluten Free!  That claim is showing up everywhere, some of which are extremely silly.  I recently saw one listed by a bowl of hard-boiled eggs at a conference breakfast.

Why are we so concerned about gluten?  It has been targeted as a culprit in many disorders, including autism.  But is it getting a bad rap?  Are we substituting one problem for another?

Now we know that people with celiac disease truly need gluten-free diets.  What about others?  Will it help the general population?

I found this article that looks at the myths surrounding gluten.  I hope you find it as useful as I have.


Dyslexia and Me: Dyslexia, Self Esteem and Depression

pediatric profiler pictureThis is an important blog to read about Robin Williams.  I have to admit that I did not know that he had dyslexia although I  was well aware that Whoopi Goldberg had it.

It is so important for us to realize that dyslexia and other learning struggles do have an impact on children.  What they don’t need to hear is that they have to work harder and then they will get it.  What they need is for teachers and parents to realize that the “usual” way of teaching them might not be fitting, and to look at other methods which have evidence to back that they help.  The use of multisensory, structured, language-based reading approaches have been around since the 1930’s but most schools still don’t use them, even for the struggling readers. While the most severely impaired students with dyslexia may not make as much progress they still will make more than with the right brained approach of look/memorize, write and rewrite approach. They need to have the left side of their brains activated in order to develop the phonemic and phonologic neural pathways.

I hope that you approach children differently who are struggling with learning after you read this.

Dyslexia and Me: Dyslexia, Self Esteem and Depression.

Bringing Pediatric Profiling to School Districts

pediatric profiler picture I am excited to let you know that I have rolled out my Pediatric Profiling program for school districts. Attached you will find the brochure that I am sending out to school districts. I am looking forward to helping teachers and administrators in their efforts to decrease behavioral and processing/learning problems in their student populations.

Please share the attached brochure with your school districts.
1 in 6 pediatric profiling brochure 

I hope to see you in one of these school districts.


Rebranding How We See Children and Adolescents

pediatric profiler pictureI just returned from the National Speakers Association (NSA) and they announced that they are re-branding themselves to reflect how the speakers industry has changed since it was founded 40 years ago.  We will now go by Platform (with the o looking like a microphone). This is very important because the membership has expanded beyond keynote speakers to trainers, online course providers, teachers who go beyond the classroom and most importantly to the many speakers internationally who call us their family, their community. At this last convention 20+ countries were represented.  What we all have in common is that we use the spoken word (and many of us also us the written word) to share our messages. Some speak on diversity. Some on leadership. Some on sales.

And then there is me – The Pediatric Profiler.  I help people understand challenging children and adolescents.  I have realized that what I am doing is working to re-brand these children and adolescents to realize more of their strengths, understanding where they struggle, and how to help them to succeed in life.

Part of re-branding is to understand the hows and whys of their behaviors. Looking at temperament, the children/adolescents who are slow to adapt to change are literal, concrete, explicit and rule bound (frequently as they interpret the rules). They will be compliant as long as they understand “why” they are being asked/told to do something, why at that exact moment rather than a little bit later when they finish what they are doing, and why you want it done a certain way, if another way appears to make more sense to them. When adults deal with these “why” questions, however, they label (brand) these children/adolescents as argumentative, oppositional, and/or disrespectful.

If we were to re-brand these behaviors we may want to try “conscientious” because they want to be sure that they are doing the task at the most appropriate time.  Or “respectful” since they want to be sure that they are the correct person to do the task.  And then there is “competent” by making sure that they can complete the task to the best of their ability.

My goal is to create a groundswell of change in terms of how we approach and label children and adolescents.  To do this we have to understand the 3 layers of people (which starts in childhood).  These layers are temperament profile, any neurodevelopmental disorders that they may have (of which one person in 6 has one of the 6), and the role of any mental health problems and the interactions that they experience in their homes, schools, and communities.

I invite you to join me in this change. As you consider a label for a child, determine if it is a negative/derogatory label or a neutral/positive label.  If you are not sure, check it out in a thesaurus under antonyms.  If you are not sure how to do this and you or your organization would like to learn how and more strategies to help challenging children, just contact me at info@allchildrenarespecial.com.

New Portal for Pediatric Mental Health Providers

I am excited to announce the creation of my new training/coaching portal for pediatric mental health providers. This site will be a source of ongoing training about children and adolescents with developmental, learning, and behavioral challenges in order to better understand and work with them for positive change. There is also the opportunity for collaboration with me on complex clients.

If you work with children and adolescents who experience developmental and behavioral challenges please check this out. If you know someone who works with this population please share this link.


Do You Know someone who could use a speaker on children?

Do you know of a school, agency or meeting planner who is looking for a speaker/trainer who can help others understand and work more effectively with children and adolescents experiencing developmental and behavioral challenges?  If so, please share this video link with them about what I have to offer.  Thanks.

 Dr. McGuire video:  http://youtu.be/yoLB3t3R_Y4 

Must Trust be Earned?


Robert Whipple writes about businesses. His message, however, applies equally well to parenting and teaching.
Children are born wanting love, acceptance, and respect. The rest we have to teach them. And to teach them we have to engage them and then prove to them that they can trust us.
In my practice I hear and witness numerous examples where this does not take place. I have had parents and professionals tell me that they won’t show a child or adolescent respect until they show respect first. But where are our children and adolescents supposed to learn what respect feels and looks like? They have to trust that the adults around them will demonstrate it repeatedly so that they have a model to follow.
Look at the 10 examples of trust that Mr. Whipple has listed. Can you state without exception that you demonstrate these types of trust to the children and adolescents in your life on a daily basis? Would they agree?
I would like to challenge you for the next week to keep track of these 10 examples of trust in your interactions with children and adolescents in your care of for whom you are providing services (teaching, counseling, etc.). After each encounter, go down the checklist and check off if you demonstrated the examples. If not, why? At the end of the week, reflect on how your relationship with that child (or those children) has gone. If you began to change your approach based on how you rated the earlier encounters, did the response from the child appear to change in any way? Good or bad?
Let me know how it turns out. If you are still struggling maybe I could help you via coaching.
Looking forward to hearing from you at the end of the week.

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earn I start out all my trust seminars by asking the audience to define trust. I enjoy watching the faces of the people as they wrestle with the challenge.

Clearly, trust is a word that we all use on a daily basis. We all know what it means, in general, but we have not stopped to try to come up with a precise definition.

It’s kind of like what Justice Potter Stewart once said about hard-core pornography, “It’s hard to define, but I know it when I see it.”

Just because someone will look it up if I don’t, Webster has numerous definitions for trust, the first one is about “assured reliance.”

Ultimately, after a few awkward moments, people start to spill out various definitions. I frequently get 15 or 20 different definitions from the group.

We then explore the idea that trust, while the phenomenon is well known to us…

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