In this 2-part episode we are joined by developmental pediatrician Dr. Scott Akins, to talk about temperaments. Specifically, those big reactor kids- the high energy, high demand, boundary pushers. We talk about strategies for caregivers and kids around discipline, boundaries, self-regulation and building strong and supportive bonds. We also discuss when there may be something like ADHD or sensory processing differences at play and when it is worth checking in with your child's medical provider about behaviors that may benefit from more therapies or supports. 

We would like to thank Dr. Akins for joining us in this episode, although Drs. Dean and Lena  take responsibility for any errors or misinformation. 


Books for parents
Books about emotional self-regulation for young children
The Very Frustrated Monster  by Andi Green,
Cool Down and Work Through Anger (Learning to Get Along) by Cheri J. Meiners M.Ed.
Angry Octopus: A Relaxation Story by Lori Lite 
When Sophie Gets Angry--Really, Really Angry… by Molly Bang 

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