Academics

Rise in ADHD? Or Simply Immaturity?

In the last decade, the number of kids diagnosed with ADHD has risen 66%! A new study reveals statistics in the current issue of the journal, Academic Pediatrics. Northwestern Medicine spearheaded the study and...

Encouraging Self-Regulation: At Home, At School, and in Your Child’s Mind

My 11 year old high-functioning autistic son is halfway through his fifth grade year. He’s been on an IEP since he got his official diagnosis at 6, and part of his accommodation has included...

Methods and Curriculums that Work: Online Learning

As we approach Thanksgiving I have been pondering my life. After 13 years of homeschooling, thoughts about my homeschool journey always shine brightly. I love homeschooling my precious little boys, and I am especially...

Help Children with Speech Disorders Learn to Read

Perhaps your child has a speech problem; not one of those cute “developmental” speech errors that will go away on its own, but errors that persist and make him hard to understand.  If so,...

How to Help a Teen with Autism Develop a Love of Reading

As my son's 7th grade year came to a close, we noticed that it was impossible to get him to read for pleasure. His mind was too focused on movies, television, Wii or Xbox...

How-To Tips: Pay Attention in School

Let's discuss how to pay better attention while in class. This may seem obvious to most of you, but for a kid with ASD, nothing is obvious. The following key tips can help: Sit in...

Immunize Against Illiteracy, Enhance Language Development

"Reading to your child is one of the most important language development activities you can do. I recommend that you read to your child daily."   ~ Diane Bahr, MS., CCC-SLP Do you know that more than 1/3...

Parenting Neurodiversity: Write Yourself a Love Poem

As busy parents and caregivers of children with special needs, we tend to expend our energy away from ourselves and into the constant care, loving and duties of our children. As a writing coach, in...

Using Poetry Therapy for Inner Healing: Six Steps to Issue Resolution

When people tell their own stories through poems, songs and journals, it provides vital material for the therapeutic process: It deepens their connection to their inner voice, allows cathartic release, greater self-awareness, new insights...