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01May

Many parents and teachers are aware of their child’s need for advance notice when time will be up for a particular activity and it is time to move on to something else. Some students need support in developing the Executive Function skill of flexibility. We suggest setting a timer for 5 minutes or giving them a 10-minute warning, then a 5-minute warning and a 2-minute warning. When that time is up we say, “Stop.”

17Apr

When a teacher describes a student as being “on the bubble,” they mean that a child is barely meeting the bottom benchmark score on some academic standard.  It could mean that your child correctly answered 1 question above the cutoff score for intervention in Reading, Writing or Math. Being “on the bubble” indicates that a skill is not secure.

20Mar

Students who struggle in reading, writing or math are at greater risk for summer learning loss. As parents, we know that! The constant negotiation to get them to read, write or do a few math problems saps everyone’s energy and makes for an unpleasant summer. Let Springer School and Center help you!

13Mar

Experts agree that a certain amount of stress or pressure can provide a sense of urgency to meet a deadline. When the deadline is met, the stress is relieved. In other instances, people avoid a stress by choosing not to travel by plane, for example. In medicine, it is well known that chronic stress has an impact on health. Chronic back pain, headaches, sleep disturbance, heart disease and depression can be linked to long-term exposure to ongoing stress.

27Feb

Each year, Springer partners with Cincinnati Children's to bring an expert in the field of LD or ADHD to Cincinnati. The Distinguished Speaker Program this year will feature Lynn Meltzer PhD, discussing the role of Executive Function in academic success. During this program for parents entitled "The Child Beneath the Stress: Parenting Children with Executive Function Challenges," Dr.

20Feb

We recently welcomed Lisa K. Woodruff, Springer alumni parent, to present a parent program on organizing the paper clutter at home. The paperless environment doesn’t seem to have happened yet! Lisa is the author of “How ADHD Affects Home Organization” and the owner of Organize 365.

06Feb

Nothing seems to get on a parent’s last nerve like the sound of a whining voice. As parents we find whining aversive, but we may have unintentionally contributed to its use.

23Jan

Staying on top of all the details of 21st-century life can be a challenge. The advent of the computer age has not produced the predicted paperless society. Junk mail, tax records, coupons, passports, receipts – it’s hard to keep it all organized.

19Dec

Almost everyone resolves to make some positive change in their life for the New Year. It might be losing weight, getting more exercise, sticking to a budget, or spending less time on social media or interacting with a screen. All of those are good resolutions. Here is something else to consider. What is the volume of your voice when interacting with your loved ones? Are you a “screamer?"

06Dec

Join the club. You sweat the shopping and preparing a huge meal or a dish only to be met with comments about what is missing this year. Gifts elicit a noncommittal response. Before the gathering is over, one of the kids will have a meltdown (maybe it won’t be yours). At the end, you and your family are exhausted and irritable. No one is happy. Let’s not replay these scenes again!