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Executive Functions: When The CEO Is Away

Executive functions are the daily skills we use to accomplish just about everything. They act like our “brain’s CEO” and help us: Plan Organize Make decisions Shift between situations or thoughts Control our emotions and impulsivity Learn from past mistakes Kids rely on their executive functions for everything from taking a shower to packing a… Read more »

What’s A “Graphic Organizer”?

Most of us use graphic organizers in our daily home lives.  We may not consider them as such, however.  When we use a calendar on a smart phone and/or tablet, or even one on a wall, we are using a visual organization device.  We also may use schedule or chore charts set up for family… Read more »

All About Educational Testing

When a student is struggling with some aspect of school, numerous professionals can bring understanding to the underlying problem and help devise constructive plans for improvement.  Among the first steps should be to speak directly with the student’s teachers to get a fuller awareness of what goes on at school.  If that does not produce… Read more »

Exercise Is Important In Managing ADHD

For a student diagnosed with an Attention Deficit Disorder, doing routine tasks such as daily chores, grooming, class work and homework can be boring.  These activities are done virtually every day, take time, and may seem difficult to do since they may offer little excitement or stimulation that an ADD brain may crave.  Studies have… Read more »

Why “Labeling” In Learning Isn’t Always Bad

During a recent parent conference, we talked at length with a set of parents about their legitimate concern about harm that may come from labeling students in certain ways related to their learning.  It is not uncommon for parents who have had a negative experience in their own school career regarding labels, class placement, or… Read more »

Talking With Your Child About A Learning Difference

Scott, a fourth-grader, had been struggling with reading skills but otherwise was thriving at a small, independent school.  Based on the findings of a private educational evaluation, it was determined that Scott has a Specific Learning Disability and would likely benefit from  a different reading curriculum than the school normally provides.  The school recognized that their core reading program does… Read more »

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