On the Hooke

Mona Delahooke visited Bridges Graduate School for Cognitive Diversity in Education during the school’s recent two-week summer residency program. With over 30 years of experience working in pediatric psychology, Delahooke helped shift the paradigm from focusing on children’s behaviors to focusing on what is underneath the “tip of the iceberg” for each child. Delahooke researches the brain-body connection; how the body impacts sensation, feeling, emotion, and behavior; and the importance of regulating the autonomic nervous system in order to affect behavior.

“To this day, my biggest criticism of mental health and education training programs is that they do not teach about the body/brain feedback loop and how this affects children’s behaviors from the body up,” writes Delahooke in her landmark book, Beyond Behaviors: Using brain science and compassion to understand and solve children’s behavioral challenges (2019).

Her book fills a gap in the literature for supporting vulnerable children, including those who are neurodiverse or exposed to toxic stress or trauma, by forging a path to link the fields of clinical psychology, neuroscience, child development, and education.

In approaching 2e children, Delahooke creates a new paradigm using curiosity, empathy, and understanding to address the root causes and neurological underpinnings of their behaviors.

In approaching 2e children, Delahooke creates a new paradigm using curiosity, empathy, and understanding to address the root causes and neurological underpinnings of their behaviors. In her talk at Bridges, she stressed the importance of attuning to children’...

 

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