Author Archives: Adam Holstein

Support Group for Parents/Caregivers of Children with Special Needs

The National Autism Association is excited to announce the return of our Manhattan-Based Monthly Evening Support Group for Parents/Caregivers of Children with Special Needs with our new moderator Adam J. Holstein, P.D., L.P. Monday, December 7, 2015 7:00pm to 8:30pm at Atlas Foundation for Autism 252 W. 29th St., 3rd Floor (off of 8th Ave.) […]

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Facilitating Emotional Development by Being Consistent and Emotionally Constant

Synopsis We will review some of the potential outcomes where a child who has had a positive or negative, but consistent environment as opposed to a child who does not know what to expect from his environment. The impact of a psycho-dynamic “feeling” approach verses a behavioral approach using applied behavior analysis, ABA, will be […]

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Psychology Today Blog Interview with Adam Holstein

Adam Holstein, P.D., L.P., was recently interviewed by Amanda Friedman, MSEd, SBL, co-founder of The Atlas Foundation For Autism, for her blog article Answers: Beliefs About ABA, featured on the Psychology Today website. Ms. Friedman is a special education teacher with over 10 years experience and a co-author of several books on autism including Cutting Edge Therapies for […]

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The Complex Process of Implementing ABA Behavior Programs

With some recent families I have been contracted to help parents evaluate behavioral interventions, which utilize applied behavior analysis (ABA) for their children who have behavioral challenges. As a consultant I review, evaluations, IEP’s and behavioral programs that are in place to assure their child’s needs are being met consistent with best practice. The problems […]

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Reflections on Being a Parent

Being a Parent is a tremendous responsibility and challenge. “Getting it right” whatever that means, will tax you intellectually, emotionally and perhaps financially. “Getting it right” when you have a child with special needs can be even more challenging. As a Certified School Psychologist with an additional Master’s in Developmental Psychology AND as NYS Licensed […]

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Why Do Kids Have Tantrums & Meltdowns?

We have to be mindful that while Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is integrated into how first responders; Early Intervention Providers, CPSE, and CSE work within their interventions and disciplines, it does not address the whole of the motivations of a child’s behavioral difficulties. Behavior is over determined. That is, there are many reasons behaviors come […]

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Why See a Therapist?

Thousands of people seek out Psychotherapy every day. Before making the call, many individuals think they can make the changes by themselves or they feel ashamed or humbled by having to seek out such help. However, over time, they find themselves back in the same dissatisfying work or love relationships. Those that finally make the […]

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Conflicts in Parenting Styles – Part 2

In “Conflicts in Parenting Styles – Part 1″, I wrote about conflicts within a parent and between a parent and a child. This time, I’ll focus on the difference in parenting styles between a mother and father and the child. What I previously discussed in Part 1 is true for both parents and their interactions […]

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Conflicts in Parenting Styles – Part 1

In the typical everyday world of raising typical everyday children most parenting is, “Good Enough.” It is a given that parenting a typical child is a very difficult task. It is also a given that while there are plenty of books on parenting they tend to simplify parenting or focus only on a period of […]

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The Multiple Layers of Helping a Child & Family – Part 3

Any behavior program that is undertaken has to be implemented both at home and at school. A solid behavior program should incorporate an understanding of the child’s level of functioning with respect to his cognitive, receptive and expressive language, gross and fine motor, and sensory and visual skills, as well as auditory functioning and social […]

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