Answers to Last Week's Facebook Poll

Last week we asked our Facebook friends about their knowledge regarding ADHD medication, based on commonly asked questions that we receive at Springer School and Center. We receive many questions from parents and educators concerning the use of medication in children with ADHD, so we consistently stay current on the most recent research to inform our practice. The poll answers are below:


One of the most challenging parts of parenting a struggling learner is having to deal with the emotional challenges that inevitably come. I have spoken with numerous parents who ask what to say when they hear their child come home and say, “I’m dumb.”


“Sugar-highs” occur when children bounce off the walls after eating large amounts of sugar…right? There is a common thought that sugar causes hyperactivity; however, the evidence is just not there. A number of studies have looked at whether sugar consumption causes behavior change, but the research shows that sugar has not been shown to affect behavior or cognitive performance.


As I look out my window on this freezing cold morning, summer seems so far away; but before we know it, leafy trees and shorts weather will be here. With that comes freedom from school! Students and teacher rejoice! Except one caveat—that darn summer slide.


We all know that we should learn from our mistakes, and we want our children to do that, too. But what do we say? What do we do in order to teach them how? Interesting research coming out of Stanford University may help with that question.


In my last blog post, I wrote about the extraordinary time and effort it can take to support a child with a disability. So then what happens to the siblings in these families? Often children who have a sibling with a disability can feel that parents are not dividing their attention equally.


Tireless, proud, attentive, determined, overwhelmed, stressed, fatigued…these are words that describe parents of children with disabilities. Parenting, at its best, is a stressful, full-time job, but when a child has a disability, even more is demanded of parents. In addition to play dates and extracurriculuars, there may also be therapies, tutoring, and additional school meetings to attend.


A couple of weeks ago we posted our first Springer Facebook poll to see what topics our readers are most interested in. This time our readers showed interest in tips for reading with young children to boost literacy skills. We are very excited that our readers are as interested in early literacy as we are here at Springer!


Understanding reading development in young children can be tricky for parents who are not educators. When assessing their children’s reading skills, parents do not want to over-worry and be bothersome to the teacher when everything is fine, yet parents also do not want to be too lax and wait for things to get better if that’s not the right thing. Oh what is a parent to do?


One Executive Function skill that seems to be a necessity during the holiday season is flexibility. Flexibility is the ability to change plans when the information or situation changes. The holiday season is full of changes, including parties at friends’ homes, last-minute errands, and trips to grandma’s house. For an inflexible child, these changes in structure and routine may prove to be difficult.