Entries by Peter Murphy, PhD

Stress: An Alternative Explanation for Common Learning and Behavioral Challenges

Breakout Session with Dr. Peter Murphy and Dr. Daniel Franklin at the Language and Learning Conference, May 2, 2015 – UCLA Carnesale Commons Drawing on the latest findings from the fields of social neuroscience, psychology, and education, this presentation will explore the biological mechanisms of stress and identify how stress impacts learning and behavior. In addition, […]

The ABCs of Learning Challenges (Part 2)

Academic Skill Deficits 1. Dyslexia, or reading difficulties, effects about 80% of children with learning challenges. They may have difficulty decoding words, reading fluently, as well as comprehending text. Writing may also be difficult, which includes organizing thoughts, putting ideas into sequence and using grammar, punctuation and spelling appropriately. 2. Dyscalculia, or difficulty with math, is also […]

The ABCs of Learning Challenges (Part 1)

Most children with learning differences are affected by multiple challenges. Learning challenges often surface when there is a mismatch between the child’s abilities and the demands of the environment. For example, an academic curriculum may be accelerated beyond the developmental level of the child (or many of the children) in a particular classroom. People with verbal learning […]

Poets Who Inspire: Mary Oliver

  What follows is a moving poem by Mary Oliver called The Journey, which may be an inspiration to those of you facing a period of great change or difficult decision making. The Journey One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice […]

Divorce Support Groups

We’ve added Divorce Support Groups to our menu of services. Led by Tara Boerner, LMFT and Julia Murphy, LMFT. 1. Begin Again: A Healing Group for Women This group will meet Wednesdays 1-2:30 pm in our Tarzana offices. An initial assessment is required for admission. 2. Helping Teens Cope with Divorce These groups will meet 1x/week for […]

Parent Conversations: Understanding Your Child’s Changing Developmental Needs

Event Date: Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 Dr. Murphy gave a parent presentation at the Country School about the developmental needs of pre-school children, with a particular emphasis on the critical role parents play in fostering their child’s emotional, cognitive and social development. Topics included: Principles of effective discipline Coping with transitions Managing tantrums Facilitating social […]

Parenting with Love and Imperfection

The patterns of relating that children demonstrate with important adults in their lives, as well as their peers, are dependent on early relational experiences with parents or caretakers. If a child has had his or her needs met most of the time, they come to trust that others will also respond to them consistently. As […]

10-Week Workshop For Parents of Challenging Children

Starting August 2014. Parents of Elementary and High School Students….Get a Head Start on the School Year! Parenting children with learning differences is often stressful. We’re here to help. The purpose of this 10-week workshop is to provide parents with new insight into the lives of their children who have been diagnosed with learning differences. […]

You Influence Your Baby’s Brain Development

As a parent, your relationship with your child is key to his or her health and happiness and will form the template for all future relationships.  Your infant is born with a powerful instinct to elicit as much care and attention from you as possible.  As a species we are hardwired on a cellular level […]