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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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Boosting Executive Function

Executive function encompasses all the skills an individual needs to navigate life successfully:  Typically, there are seven areas that impact people with Executive Function issues.  Those are: Self-awareness Inhibition Working memory Self-regulation Motivation Problem solving Cognitive development programs strengthen working memory, problem solving and often, as a result of intense training, the remaining areas are…

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Playing Fosters Reading

Look in on any preschool class and you will undoubtedly see kids playing in lots of different ways, but what they are really doing is learning the skills necessary to be successful readers.  Here are some things you can do at home to continue supporting your pre-reading child to give them the best boost they…

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Developing Reading Rate: Tips for Home

If you are concerned about your child’s reading rate (See “Have a Slow Reader?”), here are some things to try at home. First, developing a sense of comfort with reading is paramount to successful reading, so if reading is accompanied by anxiety, take a step back and relax for a bit.  The following tips should…

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Managing Screen Time

This information was provided by Dr. Jodi Gold.  Jodi Gold, MD, is the author of SCREEN SMART PARENTING and a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist in New York.  Every generation of parents has had a new worry never seen before that they had to learn how to handle.  Today’s parents are facing the digital world and…

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