Author - Brandon Combs

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Tuesday's Child helps families address behavioral issues through individualized training for both parents and children. We work with families who need more than standard parenting advice. Our evidenced-based program centers on an individualized approach that enables our team to address each family's specific situation.

10 ways to fight the winter blues with your spirited child

Photo credit: Forest Preserves of Cook County

Chicago’s winter months can be long and exhausting. The lack of sunlight, bitter cold and the feeling of being cooped up indoors can be challenging for any family–especially for ones dealing with spirited children. Coming up with fresh, fun activities to burn excess energy and get away from the television may seem like a chore – so here are some ideas to help:

1. Indoor play spaces
Indoor play areas like Pump It Up and Pickle's can be g...

Posted on February 23, 2015 at 7:05 AM by Brandon Combs

Child-Centered Divorce

Keep a Healthy Focus on Your Child with Behavioral Challenges through Divorce

One of the most insightful things I learned in university about divorce was that it – in and of itself – is not dangerous or damaging to a child, but how we interact with and in front of a child makes the difference. As a child of divorce, I couldn’t agree more.

Divorce is a complicated time for families. This is particularly true for families of children with behavioral challenges. While you may be hurt ...

Posted on January 26, 2015 at 7:00 AM by Brandon Combs

Managing Challenging Behaviors

The interest in the Managing Challenging Behaviors workshop at our last year's Developmental Differences Resource Fair was so great that we didn’t have time to answer everyone’s questions. We asked attendees to write them down and send them along. Here are some of those questions along with some suggestions from the experts at Tuesday’s Child. We thought we post some of these questions as a refresher. 

Q: "How do I deal with the Dr. Jeckle/Mr. Hyde?"

A: Consistency is key-- When th...

Posted on January 19, 2015 at 12:00 AM by Brandon Combs

Tips for Managing Challenging Behaviors

Back in May, Tuesday’s Child hosted a workshop for NPN parents called “Managing Challenging Behaviors.” The workshop was led by JoAnne Loper, Director of Parent Education at Tuesday’s Child, and Sallie, Liz, Lydia and Lucy, four parents who have completed Tuesday’s Child’s Behavior Intervention program and now train other moms and dads. 

Many of the parents who attending were struggling with bedtime, so a majority of the time was spent addressing that difficult time of day. Here are a ...

Posted on July 03, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Brandon Combs

Summertime Success

Families look forward to summer all year long – longer days, more time outside and family travel.  But how do less structure and the lenient schedules of summer vacation affect kids who thrive on predictability?  Kids find security and comfort in routine, and in fact, rely heavily on their schedule to be successful in school and at home.

Many parents just accept that routines will be surrendered during summer vacations.  We recommend holding on to a few of the routines that your child ...

Posted on June 21, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Brandon Combs

Sorting out Attention Deficit Disorder and Sensory Processing Disorder

While ADHD and Sensory Modulation Disorder (SMD) share many overlapping symptoms, there are some symptoms that are more pronounced in each disorder.  A recent article published in the Research in Developmental Disabilities Journal* compared the behavior and physiology of children with ADHD, SMD, and dual diagnoses.  They found that all these groups had greater levels of sensory, attention, activity, impulsivity, and emotional challenges than typical peers, but some symptoms were more eleva...

Posted on May 13, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Brandon Combs

Start discipline off right by taking the "no" out

When my children were in preschool, it seemed I was always one step behind my kids when it came to discipline.

"No jumping on the couch!” “Stop fighting!” and  “Put your brother down!!!” My kids always seemed to have a "reason" for their misbehavior,  ie., "I’m not jumping", "he started it", and "he likes it". 

So any “no, don’t or stop” from me cultivated an argument – yes you are jumping; or a discussion -- he started what; or a screaming match -- PUT HIM DOWN NOW!!! In fact, muc...

Posted on October 25, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Brandon Combs