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Back to school Tips for Parents of Kids and Teens with ADHD

For the parents of children with attention struggles, September can bring a host of anxiety for the entire family. Children and teens with ADHD may struggle with homework, test-taking, making friends, grades and even behaving in the classroom. All of these things can impact confidence and even with medication, the struggles can still be overwhelming.…

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Parent-Teacher Conference Tips

You typically don’t have a lot of time at Parent-Teacher Conferences, so make the most of them by using some of the following suggestions Prior to attending:  Look over your child’s schoolwork.  This can give you a sense of how they are doing.  Do they usually get acceptable/exemplary marks?  Do they usually receive tips about…

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Do Weak Cognitive Skills Contribute to Bullying?

Bullies tend to prey on kids who stand out or who struggle with social skills.  Oftentimes, the weak cognitive skills associated with several learning struggles (ADHD, dyslexia, general learning disability, for example) contribute to the perception of an individual being “different” or “weak” and can, in turn, contribute to being victimized. In some instances, especially…

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Red Flag Phrases at Parent/Teacher Conferences

As a parent, how do you know which struggles or behaviors are just a “normal” part of the learning process vs. an indication that there’s a deeper issue? One way is to listen to cues from the teacher at your next parent-teacher conference. Some key phrases can serve as red flags that a cognitive skills…

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Why Brain Training?

Scientific research has proven that the brain, like almost every other function of the human body, has an ability to change.  In fact, the brain holds the capacity for a far greater ability to change than our bodies do. What does that mean for students (of any age)?  We used to believe that brain development…

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Encouraging Reading

For many kids, diagnosed with ADHD or not, reading is problematic, and they can come up with some very creative ways to avoid it.  As a prior teacher and a book lover for as long as I can remember, it always saddened me to see anyone, student or adult, not able to find joy in…

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Activities to Strengthen Focus and Attention

Have you noticed your youngster’s attention isn’t as long as you think it should be?  The length of time your child can sustain his/her attention is naturally lengthened as they age and through the activities in which they participate.  Nevertheless, it can’t hurt (and may even help!) to purposefully engage in some of the following. …

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How to Improve Memory

Unfortunately, if you are reading this, you are human, and humans decline cognitively as they age.  Memory loss is the number one complaint.  There are a myriad of factors that contribute to this:  genetics, aging, medical conditions, diet and lifestyle. Age related cognitive decline is a proven, scientific fact, but there are ways to slow…

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PREVENTING MIDDLE SCHOOL NIGHTMARES: TRAUMA-FREE TRANSITION TIPS

Does the thought of sending your child off to middle school make you anxious? If so, you’re certainly not alone. Many adults have middle school memories of social awkwardness, hormonal upheaval, and the added pressure of more responsibilities with a growing need for more independence. Now think of your child experiencing these same anxieties! Whether…

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