Minimize Online Distractions With These Tools

Minimize Online Distractions With These Tools

Does your student struggle to stay focused when completing online homework assignments? Nowadays, most middle school and high school students use the internet to complete homework assignments, which can lead to a good deal of distraction and procrastination- especially with the proliferation of social networking sites.

Help your student minimize online distractions and maximize efficiency using these tools:

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Tools to Enhance Emotional Self-Regulation

Tools to Enhance Emotional Self-Regulation

I was recently asked by a parent of a “fiery” 5-year-old whose emotional intensity levels frequently overshadow her burgeoning self-regulatory skills, for some effective self-soothing techniques to teach her. Here’s my response:
Emotional regulation is a learned skill and there are many things you can do to teach your child effective self-soothing techniques.  Emotional responses can occur on three different levels- neurophysiological, behavioral, and cognitive. Here are some tools to help with each:

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Ergonomic Tips for Kids

Ergonomic Tips for Kids

It is no secret that electronic devices such as iPads, computers, smartphones, and other tablets are soaring in popularity. As adults and children alike increase their daily use of these devices, it is crucial to develop proper body mechanics in order to interact with the technology in the healthiest way possible.

 

Ergonomics is the science of designing work to prevent injury and promote worker health, safety, productivity, and comfort.

Using ergonomics, you can help your child establish healthy habits to reduce stress (more…)

Getting Kids Organized for School

“Getting organized” is more than eliminating clutter and creating neat storage systems. One of the most important areas of organizing is task management. It’s never too early (or too late) to teach kids how to get and stay organized with schoolwork. The skills they learn now will carry over into high school, college, and ultimately, their careers and home management as adults. (more…)

Teaching Your Child Left and Right

Teaching Your Child Left and Right

Teaching laterality, or the internal awareness of the left and right sides of the body, is an important first step before teaching children to distinguish left and right on objects such as shoes. Make sure to sit or stand next to your child rather than across from them when teaching and use your own body to demonstrate. Left/right discrimination is a difficult concept to learn and can require many repetitions; it is generally mastered by the age of five or six (although some adults I know still struggle with it). Here are some ideas to help your child learn left and right:

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9 Tips to Help Correct Letter Reversals

9 Tips to Help Correct Letter Reversals

It is common for preschoolers and kindergartners to reverse letters, but by age seven, children should only be making occasional reversals. If letter reversals persist after handwriting remediation, they can be a sign of dyslexia or other learning disability, in which case further testing might be indicated.

Regardless of whether or not a child has a learning disability, he or she should be instructed in how to form letters & numbers correctly to prevent reversals. If your child is learning to write by simply copying letters, it is unlikely that he or she will learn proper letter formation. Since repeated errors only reinforce reversals, it’s important to work toward error-free learning. It’s much easier to develop good habits than to change bad ones; so early intervention is critical! Here are 9 tips to help correct letter reversals with your child: (more…)

Helping Your Child Transition to Middle School

Transitioning to middle school can be an exciting, yet stressful and scary time for both you and your child. I just had the pleasure of hearing Anna Stewart, BVSD Special Education Advisory Council Coordinator, speak on this topic. She presented a plethora of information. While it’s impossible for me to summarize everything she shared, here are 10 things to put on your To Do List: (more…)

Getting Homework Done-Tips for Parents

Homework can provide a wonderful opportunity to teach students organizational, time management, and problem-solving skills. It can also teach them how to be responsible and to work autonomously. These are all excellent “skills 4 life.”

Even exceptional students who are well organized may have trouble juggling the demands of multiple classes, long-term projects, and extracurricular activities.

Tips to Help Your Child Get Their Homework Done:

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Artwork Overload?!

Artwork Overload?!

Artwork Overload?!

Now that school has just ended, are you wondering what to do with all of the masterpieces your children brought home during the school year? If you don’t have a system for organizing them, they can quickly take over both horizontal and vertical spaces. You may be relieved to know that you don’t have to save every single project your child makes!

Here are a few tips to help you hold on to memories while saving space: (more…)