“Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. The third is to be kind.”
Henry James, American Author


According to Kate Garnett, PhD, “difficulties in learning math seldom lead to referrals for learning disabilities evaluation, despite being specified in both federal and state LD definitions. School systems provide assessment and special services mostly on the basis of difficulties learning to read (dyslexia).” So, does this mean a learning disability in math is less disruptive in the academic life of a learner?


Throughout the month of October, learning disabilities and ADHD were center stage as social media, news, podcasts, journals, blogs, and articles further highlighted the AWARENESS of these conditions that touch 1 in 5 individuals.


Have you ever had a lingering negative thought run through your mind? Something you just can’t shake. Perhaps triggered by an event, harsh words, or a decision made in haste? Have you ever had that thought linger to the point it disrupted your ability to focus on a job, school, project, or relationship?


My daughter and son-in-law were over for dinner the other night when out of nowhere she grabbed her phone, apologized for the breach in the “no phones at the table” rule and started typing furiously. After a deep breath and a fling of the phone back on the counter, she resumed eating. “What was that?” I asked, curious but not surprised at the random shift in activity.


Last week’s blog post discussed the internal work parents need to do before working with a child to repair relationship damage that has resulted from lying. Today we’ll consider steps parents can take with their child that can not only rebuild the relationship but also model healthy ways to work though conflict.


A recent blog post by Dr. Mary Ann Mulcahey highlighted the article an Australian colleague and I wrote on the topic of individuals with ADHD and the fibbing phenomenon. In our article, and during an interview with Dr. Ned Hallowell, we discussed the effect fibbing can have on the relationship between parent and child.


KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON should be the mantra while trying to juggle all of the processes and routines we put in place to support organizational and academic success for our children. Parents want desperately to see their children succeed, and at times, we go to extreme lengths to put strategies in place, hire tutors, buy expensive learning programs, or create elaborate systems, all in the name of helping our children.


So your child has been in school for somewhere between four and six weeks now. The only communication you have had with your child’s teacher may have been the “meet and greet” during Back to School Night, and frankly, a part of you feels like perhaps no news is good news. Yet, homework is often a struggle, and you continue to scratch your head when trying to help your child with math.


blog 15.11.11In a recent article on the Understood Web site (a comprehensive resource for learning disabilities and ADHD), blog writer Jamie Martin talks tech in a post entitled The First Assistive Technology I Recommend to Parents.