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One More Way To Teach Children To Be Responsible About Their Schoolwork

During the summer I taught a webinar called, "Helping Your Young Client Persevere in the Face of Learning Differences" We spoke a lot about how the way we talk to children can effect a child's view of how well they can cope with school. Our words can either discourage or encourage children to take responsibility for their schoolwork and to work through the challenges that they may have. One teacher, Stephanie Skelton, at Fieldcrest Elementary School, taught her students to think positively about their schoolwork and their capabilities. … [Read More...]

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Is Your Child Struggling In School: 2 More Simple Ways You Can Help

In our last post, we spoke about children who become discouraged because they struggle at school. We discussed the academic and social challenges they may encounter and 3 ways that we as parents can offer support and encouragement with empathy. We learned how to interpret the real meaning behind their complaints, listening techniques and how to name their feelings. Here are 2 more ways that we can use empathy to give reassurance, support, that these struggling learners so desperately crave: 1. Give them their wishes in fantasy: Many … [Read More...]

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Is Your Child Struggling With School: 3 Ways You Can Help Overcome Learning Issues

Children who have learning disabilities may become discouraged about school because they carry a double burden – they must manage all the regular trials of childhood along with the strength and spirit needed to overcome their disability. It is hard for us to watch our children struggle, and we often forget that struggling is not inherently bad, it can make a person stronger and more sensitive. Children who experience issues with learning can do well if they know they have support and understanding from their parents and teachers. It is … [Read More...]

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No More Procrastination: Kids Can Take Responsibility For Their School Work

Kids can feel overwhelmed when studying for tests and doing their homework and they often don't even know where to start. It is the same for adults, when we need to tackle a big project for work(this article) or even at home(the storage closet in the basement) It does not help to criticize our kids: "Your being lazy, you just need to buckle down and do it!" "If you wouldn't procrastinate so much, it would be done!" Instead we can encourage our kids and give them the skills that they need to overcome their initial feelings of … [Read More...]

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Protest and Requests: Your Temper Tantrum Dilemma Solved

We just finished filming our newest class for Professional Development Resources. Our Speech Pathologist, Anna Fredman, presented on the topic, "Beyond the Basic Symbols: Using visuals more effectively for individuals on the autism spectrum ." It was a fantastic class and afterwards we were discussing how so many of these interventions that we use with children with special needs can also be used with typically developing children. In Anna's class, she discussed, that there are 7 Functions of Communication: (As defined by Shane & … [Read More...]

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Emotional Intelligence For Kids: Teach Them To Calm Themselves

                What is all this hype about emotional intelligence? Emotional intelligence is the new buzzword in education and parenting. Research has shown that it is an important factor in helping our kids have healthy relationships with their spouses, friends and co-workers. Adults who are emotionally intelligent are happier […]

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Whose Report Card Is It Anyway? Encourage Your Child To Take Responsibility For Their School Work

I remember the feeling of anticipation and nervousness in elementary school when report cards were handed out. I wasn’t the greatest student but I always did okay, A’s, B’s and once in a while a few C’s. Whatever I did get my parents were pretty cool about it. They knew I was an avid reader […]

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5 Surefire Ways To Stop Losing It With Your Kids

Every parent messes up. We say things we don’t mean. We yell at our kids because we are tired. We sometimes blame our children for things they never did. We may accuse our children of behaving badly when that was never their intention. We act in a way that we swore we would never act. […]

Moms Have Got A Lot To Do: Manage Your Time Effectively

Sometimes I feel like my world is spinning out of control. There is always so much to do, laundry, grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning. In our fast paced world it is important to stop and think about effective ways to manage our time. Julie Morgenstern, in her book “Time Management from the Inside Out” advises […]