Following Directions: It's a Challenge!

Following Directions: It's a Challenge!

Following directions can be a challenge for any child, especially a child who has learning or attention issues. The ability to follow directions is a great skill in any environment. However, as a new school year approaches, it’s especially helpful for parents and educators to have a handful of effective strategies in place to make following directions a more seamless practice both at home and in school. Read on to learn beneficial tips for helping your child follow directions.

Focus On Your Own Personal Best

Focus On Your Own Personal Best

Ask any teacher, educator or parent of an adolescent and they’ll likely tell you that these years are filled with major ups and downs. A personal best goal setting approach to learning is when a student aims to do as well or better than their own previous best efforts. Focusing on one's self, instead of comparing themselves to their peers can lead to happier and higher achieving students. Read on to learn more.

Summer Time! Staying on Track

Summer Time! Staying on Track

School's out and summer is here, hooray! Homework may be the last thing kids want to think about over their summer vacation. However, it's fairly common for most kids to have assignments over the summer break. With so much going on and the daily routine changing, it can be tough for families and kids to stay on top of everything. Some of these tools can help - read on to find out!

Flexible Thinking: Teaching Kids to Go With the Flow

Flexible Thinking: Teaching Kids to Go With the Flow

Many children with learning or attention issues struggle with flexible thinking, also called "cognitive flexibility". Flexible thinking plays a crucial role in how kids learn to adapt to new information in many areas. Check out these tips to help your child practice flexible thinking, which is essential for learning and everyday life.

Managing Test Anxiety

Managing Test Anxiety

There are various reasons why some kids are more likely to develop test anxiety. Test anxiety often correlates with kids who have learning issues. Children who have ADHD or other learning issues may already feel somewhat anxious about school and when it's time to take a test, that feeling is magnified. 

Children with learning and attention issues may need an extra confidence boost to keep stress and self-doubt under control on test day. These surprising tips might do the trick to help reduce test anxiety.

Spring Clean Up for Your Mind: Ready, Set, Goal!

Spring Clean Up for Your Mind: Ready, Set, Goal!

This month's blog entry focuses on spring cleaning - for the mind. It can be extremely tough to accomplish tasks successfully when you've got dozens of responsibilities swirling around in your brain. This haphazard way of managing tasks can result in mediocre or negative outcomes, instead of reaching one's full potential. The same can be said for our school-aged children who have numerous assignments, tests and projects to manage, not to mention extra-curricular activities. Enter, S.M.A.R.T. goal setting. Click here to read on.

Glued to the Gadget: Managing Screen Time

Glued to the Gadget: Managing Screen Time

Many children have trouble managing screen time and knowing when it is time to power down. Children with executive functioning difficulties have a tougher time making balanced decisions about technology. Even Silicon Valley parents in the tech industry have become acutely aware of the impact technology has on children at home and many have tech-free homes or set strict guidelines.

Time to Unwind: Managing Stress and Anxiety

Time to Unwind: Managing Stress and Anxiety

Whether it's being afraid of the dark, making the soccer team or coping with the pressures of school, friends and the SATs, every child experiences some kind of stress or anxiety in their own way. Add to the equation that we live in one of the most high pressured, fast paced cities in the world and it's no wonder we feel like we don't have a moment to slow down and take a breath!

Focusing on Children's Strengths

Focusing on Children's Strengths

With so much focus on what is challenging for our children, it can be hard to see all of his or her strengths. We have been conditioned to look for weaknesses or areas that are mediocre. Our intentions are good and we believe we can “help” our children or students. As parents, we are natural fixers, whether it be a broken bone or a difficult time in school.