Monday, August 11, 2008

Help Your Child Find Success!

Dear Readers,

With the new school year about the begin, now is the time to develop a plan in order to ensure that your child finds success. Most parents may focus on improving a child's challenge areas. However, I am increasingly believing in the power of strength-based interventions to facilitate positive growth in all children. Nicholas Hobbs, Ph.D.,author of The Troubled and Troubling Child, developed the principles of ReEducation with one being that all children must experience joy in their lives on a daily basis. Mel Levine, MD, author of A Mind at A Time, argues that we must work on strengthening the strengths. Martin Seligman, Ph.D., author of Authentic Happiness argues that people must engage in positive activities to increase their well-being. My recommendations for you these next two weeks is to identify several strengths or gifts in your child. Then, take some time to think about how you could help your child to develop these positive aspects even more. When you implement this strength-based strategy, you will be amazed at the difference in your child's emotional well-being. This in turn will result in more receptivity to work on things that are hard. The approach to take is to strengthen the strengths while you are addressing the areas of challenge. Once you identify these strengths, spend some time thinking about how to address the challenges has well. Once you have completed these activities, go for it! By the way, do not overload your child. Most of us can only work on a few things at a time. Thus, only choose one or two strengths and challenge areas to work on at one time. If you want more information, buy my book, Dr. Levine's book, and Dr Seligman's book. By combining this information, you will have a wealth of knowledge than can help any child in-need. One additional reference than can help ensure your child finds success is The Success Principles by Jack Canfield. This book has truly inspired me and will inspire you as well. Good luck this year and let me know if you have any comments, questions, or advice.


Steve Curts, Ph.D.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Welcome to my new blog!!!

Dear Parent,

I welcome you to my new blog. The purpose of the blog is to help parents of children with puzzling behavioral, social, and learning challenges. Much of the blog's content will follow the steps presented in my book, Understanding Your Child's Puzzling Behavior: A Guide for Parents of Children with Behavioral, Social, and Learning Challenges. This book is very appropriate for parents of children with ADHD, Asperger's, high functioning autism, ODD, anxiety, depression, and other disorders. The book is also appropriate for parents of children who are experiencing normal challenges of childhood. The thrust of the book is to help parents better understand the needs of their children, how to make a strength-based plan of action, and to know to whom to turn for help. It is a short book and for less than $15, you can save thousands of dollars to uneeded trips to professionals. Your interventions will also be positive and more effective. Many parents who are concerned about their children go on a "quest for help" that takes them through a myriad of care professionals. Sometimes this journey helps, but other times parents become even more confused. If you are one of these parents, I want to help you. If you have not, please purchase a copy of the book and let me know what you think. You may purchase the book at your local bookstore,, or at Try your best to follow the step-by-step procedures. If you get stuck, email me at: I am happy to help you brainstorm a bit. In the coming days, weeks, and months, I will be posting additional information, advice, and links that are not included in the book. I hope you find this valuable. I am so excited to offer my help in this manner. As a disclaimer, by participating in this blog, there is not an official patient-doctor relationship. This is purely informal. If you would like to make an appointment with me, please call our administrative assistant at: 206-780-7782. If you wish to know more about our practice, please visit: I do both in town and out of town assessments. If you are from a long distance, let us know and we will complete an evaluation in one day if at all possible. Ok let's get started..