New School Year Reminder Notice: The Assumption Trap can be hard to escape

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As the summer days come to an end, we are all thinking about the start to another school year. Parents are doing back to school shopping, talking with their children about the new school year, and starting to stress over having a brand new teacher and new expectations of a higher grade. Teachers are feeling […]

Make Social Learning Stick: New Friends, New School Year

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A new school year usually means new teachers, new classmates, and new friendships. For most children, making and keeping friends is essential to building confidence and having a sense of well-being at school. Although the connections happen at school, there is a lot that can be done to facilitate awareness, knowledge, and growth behind the […]

Is Your Child a “Class Clown” to Gain Acceptance?

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We all want to be accepted and to have friends,  particularly at school but sometimes kids with special-isms are so socially different that they stand out from their classmates.  Standing out makes it much harder to find acceptance among their peers. One method that these kids use to convert unwanted attention into acceptance is comedy. […]

Prevent Social Skills from Backsliding

Social Cognition

Ah, those lazy days of summer! What kid doesn’t look forward to the end of the school year? While summer offers a much deserved break from the structure and pressures of the classroom, the summer months can also be a difficult time for kids who struggle with social skills. Sure there will be some relief […]

Summer Preparation for Back to School

Back to School Prep

Sorry to break it to everyone, but before we know it, we will be back to school shopping . One of the things that is good to do over the summer is to prepare kids with isms for the upcoming school year.  Consider setting up a meet and greet with various professionals in your child’s […]

Reading Challenges? When to Suspect Vision as a Culprit

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I earned a degree in education and was an elementary school teacher before my current role as administrator and head therapist for The Vision Improvement and Sensory Learning Programs. I now look back and wonder what kind of teacher I would have been if I knew then what I know now, especially with regard to […]

Ten Tips for Summer Handwriting Fun!

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Summer is a opportunity for children of all ages to spend more time on outdoor play and less time “hitting the books!”  Although learning does not end with the school term, desk work becomes less appealing as the pools and playgrounds open for the season.  The neatest thing about handwriting practice, however, is that it […]

Make Learning Fun: Hold a Photo Rally

Learning with Photos

When I was in high school, one of the best club activities I ever participated in was a “Polaroid Rally”. We were sent on an adventure throughout the city to collect photos of various items on a list. When we returned we were judged on how creative and efficient we were on our quest. Nowadays, […]

Cool Stuff Every Kid Should Know – Survive the “Summer Slump”

Cool Stuff Every Kid Should Know

The National Summer Learning Association is an organization that highlights the need for continuing academic support for kids during their summer “time-off.” “To succeed in school and life, children need ongoing opportunities to learn. This is especially true during the summer months. Although many imagine summers as carefree and relaxing – it is ever important […]

“Probability Goals” Keep your Perfectionist Child from Giving Up

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You may not think of your child as a “perfectionist”, after all, he may have a terribly untidy room or he may take little care in his writing when doing homework but perfectionist children aren’t necessarily “perfect in every way”. Sometimes perfection-ism only affects a small part of their lives.  In any case, there are […]

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