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George Tucker, PhD

Dr. George Tucker is a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Juan Capistrano and Orange, CA. His practice is devoted to children and adults who have problems in learning, development, and behavior, as well as the significant others who attempt to help them. His book, Problem Children: It’s Not Always the Parents’ Fault, which is based on his work with this population, has been praised by parents and professionals alike.

Learning Disabilities and Extreme Patterns of Responding to Others

In addition to classroom challenges, one of the challenges facing students with learning disabilities or challenges is learning to curtail extremes in the way they …

How to Deal with Learning Challenges of All Kinds

We usually think of learning problems or disabilities as referring to school or academic problems. However, many children who do well in school have learning problems when it comes to getting along with peers, learning various types of sports, learning how to regulate their appetites in order to reach their ideal weight, learning how to regulate their moods in order to enjoy life more, or learning how to get organized and make their lives more manageable and require less parental supervision.

Heroin Abuse and Students

Last month I ventured into the non-clinical realm and discussed sports psychology and the, if you will, lighter side of the profession.  This month I …

Sports Psychology 101

Since so many of our articles and blogs are devoted to childrens’ problems and pathologies, I thought I would range outside of that territory to …

Sleep Problems and What to Do About Them

  According to Peg Dawson of the Seaport Coast Mental Health Center, as many as 30% of children suffer from sleep disorders. This amounts to …

Attention and Concentration Problems

Attention and Concentration Problems:  Biofeedback and Neurofeedback as Alternative  Therapies for Helping Your Kids Perform Better in School, Sports, and Life Few of us have …

Making Boys Better Men

If men are simple and easily understood, then boys, who are arguably younger and smaller, should be even simpler and easier to understand.  However, numerous …

Video Game Addiction, Obsession, or Habit: How Much is Too Much?

I am often asked some variant of this question, and a few of my recent cases have stimulated me to explore more evidence-based answers to …

Learning Disabilities and Extreme Patterns of Thinking

In addition to classroom challenges, one of the challenges facing students with learning disabilities or challenges is learning to curtail extreme thinking patterns. Child Psychologist, Dr …

Teach Your Children Well . . . By Reading to Them

A recent study by the Department of Education that was reaported in Science Daily reported that 44% of Fourth Graders in the United States are …

Lessons from our Summer Trip–Part 2

The benefits of travel include helping your child to increase their visual-spatial skills, knowledge of geography, and interest in history.

When Does Worry Become Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? Part 1

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH 2009) has produced a 15-point scale that defines various levels of the continuum of normal worrying to clinical …

Increasing Empathy for Children with Learning Problems

I have just returned from a trip to Europe that gave me a lot of insights as to how it must feel to be a …

When is a learning problem a PROBLEM?

A recent article by Edward Schultz in LDA Newsbriefs concerns new definitions of learning disabilities that must be recognized through the 2004 Individuals with Disabilities …