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Welcome to our web site. This web site is dedicated to clients and prospective clients of Dr. Paul McDonnell, Psychologist (NB) and Dr. Hilary Cartwright, Psychologist (NB). On this site you will find information about how to make appointments and check them online. At any time if there is a problem you may contact Dr. McDonnell or Dr. Cartwright at 506-206-6200. Please read the client-screening checklist to determine if you are likely to be suitable for services from Drs. McDonnell and Cartwright. If you do meet our criteria then you can proceed to the New Clients section and complete the registration form.  This will allow you to set up an account with an id and a password. You will receive an e-mail from us confirming your application and we will contact you shortly thereafter to suggest possible dates for appointments.  If we are not able to offer you services, we will direct you to someone else who may be able to provide you with appropriate services. Following your registration, you will be able to download an introductory letter explaining more about our services (fees, privacy, appointment arrangements, etc.). In addition, we will add news items on the Welcome page periodically that may be of interest to anyone that finds their way to this site.

 
Not Currently Accepting New Clients PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 December 2016 08:24

Dr. Cartwright is not accepting new clients at this time.  Please check back with us in the Spring of 2017.

 
Tattling on Siblings and Peers PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 December 2013 08:26

The following questions were posed to Dr Paul McDonnell by Lisa van de Geyn, who was writing an article on Tattling for Today's Parent Magazine.


How would you advise parents to handle tattling on siblings?


Tattling behavior is a very common social behavior in young children under 8 years or so.  In fact, most children in the 4- to 8-year range do tattle and most often it is about a sibling's behavior.  The perceived indiscretion is often something such as "my sister won't share her toys (or a candy)".  The child has learned from the parents that sharing is a good thing and so they like to use this "rule" to complain to their parents how they are being deprived of something they want.  The same behavior may extend to a classroom situation and in the same way they may tend to tell the teacher when they see a peer not following a stated rule for the classroom or at least a perceived rule.  For example, a child may tattle when a conventional routine is violated that he or she perceives to be the same thing as a stated rule.  The challenge for parents and teachers is to teach the child to discriminate between a social situation involving a sibling or peer that can be handled independently (or even ignored) versus a situation that is urgent enough to tell a parent or a teacher.  This is a very difficult discrimination to make especially for a very young child.  Like any difficult learning task, we need to approach it systematically and positively.  We need to break the skill down into steps that are more easily achieved individually and, as well, can be accomplished in stages as the child develops.

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