The Hardest Question to Answer

One of the questions I ask parents and students alike is what are your strengths? It is funny this might be the hardest question I ask, or at least it seems to be very hard to answer. Why? Perhaps it is cultural or societal, but we tend to focus on what’s wrong, missing, not as […]

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Back to School: Already or Finally

Back to School – already or finally?! For some of you this may be a time of trepidation and worry as you send your child back to school unsure of what the year will be like, how the teachers will deal with the learning or behavioral issues that come up, and what the social climate […]

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To Media or Not to Media – This is the Question

Parents often ask me whether they should let their children play video games, watch TV, be on their iPods, iPads, etc. Particularly kids with attention difficulties or on the autistic spectrum can bury themselves for hours in media. It is a tricky question – I can lose a child in a nanosecond with the “wrong” […]

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Back to School: Parents – What About YOU?

It was early Wednesday morning, August 22nd and I walked my youngest daughter to our car. We took first day of school pictures – the final year of 14 years of her “first day of school pictures” – and I waved goodbye to her as she drove off in the car decorated with “Go Seniors” […]

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Bring Back the Wonder….

There was an article in my local newspaper recently that stated, ” More parents are using IPad, other tech gadgets to keep young kids occupied, entertained while at home, out and about.” The author, Rasha Madkour, writing for Associated Press, goes on to quote many parents who wouldn’t go out without their iPads or phones […]

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Going for Perfection: Siblings of Kids with Learning Disabilitiies

Lisa sat quietly playing with dolls. It was after school and she had already done her homework. She was feeling sad. Her best friend at school had gone off to play with some other kids today at recess and Lisa was all alone, just as she was now. She felt lonely and rejected. She was […]

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9 Ways to Make Homework Time Easier

Homework is a fact of life for most students. I won’t get into my opinions, and the research that supports them, about how homework doesn’t really support learning or the need for down time after 6-7 hours of school. Let’s just talk about the reality of homework and how to make it an easier experience […]

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11 Things To Do To Help Your Child Strengthen Self-Esteem

“Nobody likes me!” “I hate myself!” “Everybody does ‘it’ better than me.” “There is no reason to live.” These are alarming and frightening things for a parent to hear. Are they true? How seriously should you take them? What should you do? You want to take it seriously enough to investigate further. Figure out how […]

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Protection and Independence – What is the Right Balance?

All parents face this question over and over again during their children’s lives. How do you keep your child safe and yet give them the opportunity to fall and get up again, learn from mistakes and build qualities of resilience? The solution, of course, changes with situation, age and developmental maturity. For those of you […]

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Kids with Sensory Issues Experience the World Differently, But How?

We are pretty egocentric actually! We see the world form our own perspective and kind of assume that everyone around us sees it or experiences it similarly. Often it doesn’t even occur to us that there is any other way to experience a situation or interpret what is going on. This can give us a […]

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