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Mona Delahooke, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than 25 years of experience caring for children, teenagers, and their families.

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). With a special focus on early childhood development, she is a senior faculty member of the Profectum Foundation, an organization dedicated to advancing our understanding and support of neurodiverse children, adolescents and adults. She trains clinicians in the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health (DMH) as an independent contractor. Currently in private practice in Los Angeles, California, Dr. Delahooke consults with parents, preschools, regional centers, public agencies, and school districts in the areas of screening, assessment, intervention and support for families, infants, toddlers and children. She is the author of Social and Emotional Development in Early Intervention (PESI, 2017), and the award-winning Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science to Understand and Solve Children’s Behavioral Challenges,(PESI, 2019), which describes a contemporary, neurodevelopmental approach useful for all childhood professionals.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Mona Delahooke maintains a private practice. She is a senior faculty member of the Profectum Foundation. Dr. Delahooke receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Mona Delahooke has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Continuing Education Credits Awarded for Completion of Entire Package
[+] [-] Combined Continuing Education Credit From All Components
Breakdown of Continuing Education Credits by Components
[+] [-] 084905 - Social and Emotional Development in Early Intervention
[+] [-] 085405 - Beyond Behaviors
[+] [-] 084905 - Social and Emotional Development in Early Intervention
"Transformative. Dr. Mona Delahooke beautifully integrates the science of development, emotion, physiology, and relationship to bridge the divisions between professionals, parents, and approaches.

To this day, the majority of approaches to children’s behavior and development are overly simplistic, boiler-plate, and uninformed by science. In this practical and accessible science-based guide, readers are given the tools to peel back the layers and view and provide intervention in ways that optimally honor each child’s emerging development and potential. Truly a gift to the world."
Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, LCSW, Executive Director of The Center of Connection, Co-author of NYT bestsellers The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline

"In this succinct and accessible volume, Dr. Delahooke systematically outlines strategies to foster the development of emotionally challenged children. Complex clinical features are brilliantly deconstructed into manageable, intuitive, and understandable components and these components are used to illustrate the application of principles designed to treat and optimize the child's capacity to interact in family, classroom, and in other social contexts."
Stephen W Porges, PhD, Distinguished University Scientist, Kinsey Institute, Indiana University and author of The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-Regulation

"No one doubts healthy emotional and social capacities are essential for every function and challenge throughout life. The question is how we develop these capacities in every child. Dr. Mona Delahooke tells us how to go about this important goal in clear, practical, and attuned approaches to guide parents, teachers, programs and service systems. Learn not only how to identify and understand what underlies challenges and what to do, but how to bring insight, sensitivity and self-reflection to harness strength and hope for every child.

Dr. Mona Delahooke unites infant mental health and development where relationships provide the vehicle for emotional and social development, integrates a wealth of knowledge and has the answers you are looking for. You will embrace a caring relationship with Dr. Delahooke as you read this valuable book."
Serena Wieder, PhD, Clinical Director, Profectum Foundation, Co-creator of the DIR Model, Co-Author of The Child with Special Needs and Engaging Autism

"Dr. Delahooke shows you how to find the driving socio-emotional factors of a child's behavior and how to use non-standard approaches to address those issues. This is a must-read for health and education workers in early intervention."
Teresa Garland, MOT, OTR/L, Author of bestselling Self-Regulation Interventions and Strategies

"Dr. Delahooke has magically integrated research and practice so that everyone from child care providers to clinicians are empowered to understand and interact with children in a manner that will enhance their social-emotional, cognitive and developmental skill sets."
Lynne Kenney, PsyD, Author of 70 Play Activities for Better Thinking, Self-Regulation, Learning & Behavior and Bloom

"In this hopeful and sensitive book, Dr. Mona Delahooke details how all childhood providers, across a wide variety of disciplines, can support healthy social and emotional development for children and families. The method to build these capacities are complex, yet Dr. Delahooke simplifies the message in a usable, relationship -based, attuned manner that anyone working with vulnerable children can understand."
Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR, Founder, STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder, Clinical Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics, University of Colorado Denver, Professor of Pediatrics, Rocky Mountain University Graduate Program, Author of Sensational Kids (2014).

[+] [-] 085405 - Beyond Behaviors
Beyond Behaviors provides the basis for a paradigm shift in understanding and treating children with disruptive behaviors. Historically, educational and therapeutic models treat anti-social and asocial behavior as motivated and incentivized. In this accessible and beautifully written volume, Dr. Delahooke pulls the veil off this myth and replaces it with a neurobiologically-informed treatment model that provides insightful directives leading to effective outcomes.
Stephen W. Porges, PhD, Distinguished University Scientist, Indiana University, Professor of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina, and author of The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe

As a developmental psychologist, compassion teacher, and autism mom, I can whole-heartedly say this book is brilliant. Traditional methods of shaping children s behaviors typically ignore children's emotional state, at great cost to the child s ability to learn, develop, and form secure relationships. This book provides concrete ways to help understand safety as the foundation for children s learning, working with rather than against natural brain functions to maximize learning potential.
Kristin Neff, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Texas at Austin, and author of Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself

I love this book. It will be one I give and recommend over and over. Beyond Behaviors is succinct, accessible, practical, science-based. And it s a game changer. My hope is that not only parents, educators, clinicians, and all helping professionals read it, but that it becomes required reading for professionals in training. It s time for us to use science-informed approaches to go beyond mere behaviors to support children and their caregivers, and this is the book to light the way.
Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, LCSW, Executive Director of The Center for Connection and co-author of the bestsellers The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline

This book will embrace every parent and professional puzzling over behavioral challenges and make you question the assumptions about their meaning and re-evaluate how to help. Dr. Delahooke reframes our understanding by integrating perspectives from development, brain science, mental health, and child and parent experiences using example after example to guide you towards insight and compassionate approaches that are respectful of neurodiversity. Beyond Behaviors will help every child and family progress, feel safe, enjoy relationships, and develop to their fullest.
Serena Wieder, PhD, Clinical Director, Profectum Foundation, co-creator of the DIR Model, and co-author of The Child with Special Needs and Engaging Autism

Dr. Mona Delahooke is a child psychologist with over 30 years of experience working with children who have behavioral challenges, including those who are neurodiverse and/or have experienced early trauma. In this easily readable book, Dr. Delahooke encourages child professionals and families to see concerning behaviors as the tip of an iceberg that obscures early embedded feelings of danger or life threat. With compassion and insight, she guides us toward creating healing environments of safety and security."
Marilyn R. Sanders, MD, FAAP, Attending Neonatologist, Connecticut Children's Medical Center and Professor of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

I love Beyond Behaviors for a whole lot of reasons. First, I think, is the message of compassionate non-judgment. Mona Delahooke shows how important it is that parents be compassionate with themselves, and practice good self-care techniques as necessary prerequisites for intelligent responding to their challenging children. One of the best features of this book are the practical, empowering, step-by-step ideas for finding the calm self-acceptance necessary for building a healing, supportive relationship with even the most challenging and frightened child.
Dona Matthews, PhD, Developmental Psychologist and co-author of Beyond Intelligence: Secrets for Raising Happily Productive Kids

Mona Delahooke provides a reality check for those who seek to ameliorate children s behavior. She offers a fresh, comprehensive perspective, and a more humane way of understanding, teaching, treating, and supporting children who are struggling. Dr. Delahooke focuses on an integrated mind/body approach, helping parents and children deal thoughtfully and respectfully with behavioral differences and the iceberg of causality. Beyond Behaviors includes case histories, worksheets, practical strategies, resources, and an abundance of information empowering readers to understand what underlies behavioral challenges, and forge meaningful, healing, lasting solutions. A welcome addition to the literature on parenting!
Joanne Foster, EdD, is an expert in gifted education and child development, and co-author of Being Smart about Gifted Education and Beyond Intelligence

Brilliant! Dr. Mona Delahooke integrates knowledge from the fields of infant mental health, child development, clinical psychology and neuroscience to provide a revolutionary approach to challenging behaviors in children. Complex neurobiologic processes are beautifully translated into a practical model for meaningful intervention. The unique, yet critical, perspective on children's most challenging behaviors has the power to transform lives. This book is an essential read for all people who care for or interact with children.
Megan Stilwill, DO FAAP, Pediatrician

This is a wonderful book that takes complicated concepts and new ways of thinking about children and makes them digestible and useable for parents and professionals alike.
Mim Ochsenbein, MSW, OTR/L, Director of Education, The Star Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder

This book should be required reading for frustrated parents and those of us in a position of diagnosing or creating behavior plans for children. Imagine the amazing outcomes if we followed Mona Delahooke's guide to empower and support children through their big feelings and behaviors, rather than focusing only on the tip of the iceberg.
Nicole Schwarz, MA, LMFT, Parent Coach

In Beyond Behaviors, Mona Delahooke, PhD, applies the Polyvagal theory developed by Stephen Porges to children, convincingly making the case that many children who can't seem to behave themselves simply don't have that developmental capacity yet, and giving us a social-emotional roadmap for how children learn to self-regulate. Delahooke guides us to the realization that children act out when they feel stressed, so the most important tool in our toolbox is always our connection with the child, which restores safety. This break-through book reframes children who exhibit "problem" behavior and challenges us as therapists, teachers and parents to shift our own paradigm so that we can help them. Highly recommended.
Dr. Laura Markham, author of the Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids