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17Jan

If the teacher tells you that your child is “on the bubble,” he is not referring to her skill with soap. He is saying that your student’s score on some academic standard is right at the boundary between meeting a benchmark or falling below it. It could mean that your child correctly answered one question above the cutoff score that would trigger help in a particular subject.

10Jan

At the beginning of every school year, every marking period and every New Year we ponder the huge changes we need to make if we want a peaceful/happy home. With teenagers, preschoolers, students with ADHD/LD or just children in general, home life can at times seem chaotic and unhappy. Someone always seems to be miserable, angry, tired or disappointed.

13Dec

Many parents have strong opinions about whether to provide an allowance to their children. Some are of the opinion that children should do chores and other jobs at home without receiving a monetary reward. Pride in making a contribution to the family should be enough motivation. Other parents find it perfectly acceptable to provide a weekly allowance at a certain base rate, perhaps with extra pay for additional work. They view allowance as a means of teaching money-management skills.

06Dec

I was recently looking at a website related to issues with ADHD and Learning Disabilities. I stumbled upon a string of emails from mothers about their children’s bedrooms. They were frustrated with the disarray in the bedrooms, constant fruitless efforts to improve the cleanliness/tidiness of the bedroom, and then expressing feelings that this reflects poorly on them as parents.

29Nov

This is a good time of year to take a few quiet moments and reflect on your parenting of your child with learning difficulties. What are your feelings about your child’s struggles? How do your feelings impact your parenting style? Are you able to hold your child accountable for breaking rules? Do you attribute poor behavior to his learning challenge and dismiss it?

17Nov

Every year, much is written about how to prevent holiday stress. When you have a child with ADHD/LD, it is important to recognize and accept that the time from mid-November through January 1st will be a significant challenge for your child. Having the weekday schedule disrupted, even by happy occasions, upsets the normal rhythm of the day.

18Oct

In many families, Mom is the primary contact between school and home. But Dad also has an important part to play in a child’s achievement and social/emotional adjustment at school. The Center for Educational Statistics reports that when a Dad attends a school event or a parent/teacher conference, the child is more likely to get “good grades” across grade levels and the likelihood decreases of her failing a grade or being suspended from grade 6 onward.

11Oct

Did you know that October is Learning Disability Awareness Month? On October 11, 1985, President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation dedicating October as the month to increase public awareness of ADHD and Learning Disability.

27Sep

Time is an abstract concept. The meaning of words like “yesterday, today and tomorrow” can be elusive for some children. Students with a learning disability may struggle with naming the days of the week or months of the year in order. As adults, we know that 20 minutes in the dentist’s office seems to pass more slowly than 20 minutes chatting with a friend. We know 20 minutes is the same no matter the activity – it just doesn’t feel the same!

20Sep

Nearly every child, at some point in his academic career, will benefit from tutoring outside of school. The need may arise as early as first grade, or as late as the college years. A child may need a tutor because he is struggling to acquire the decoding skills required for reading or calculation skills in math. When you move to another school district, the material being presented in science or math may be different from that in the child’s previous school.