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Five Helpful Fidget Tools for Kids with Autism & ADHD! (Fidgeting Improves Focus)

Five Helpful Fidget Tools for Kids with Autism & ADHD! (Fidgeting Improves Focus)

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A recent study on ADHD indicates that fidgeting actually improves, not hinders, focus. Maybe it is time to stop telling our kids to “sit still” or “stop playing with that.” Speaking from personal experience, I know that I actually focus better on verbal input when my hands or feet are moving in some way. What about you?Continue Reading

What is Homeschooling? Is it Right for You?

What is Homeschooling? Is it Right for You?

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A child’s education is no simple matter. There are dozens of choices out there. Should you choose your local public school or a prestigious private one? Which one can you afford? Should academics take precedence over extra-curriculars or should there be a healthy balance? Does your child need special attention? There are so many importantContinue Reading

Please Stop Saying ADHD Isn’t Real! Here’s Why!

Please Stop Saying ADHD Isn’t Real! Here’s Why!

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If you are not familiar with the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), below is an image of the the diagnostic criteria reported in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders-Fifth Edition (DSM-V), which is the manual utilized by doctors (i.e., psychologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians) to diagnose ADHD. After the image, I will discuss myContinue Reading

Help Your Child Improve the Quality of Their Writing with the Sentence Combining Strategy

Help Your Child Improve the Quality of Their Writing with the Sentence Combining Strategy

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In the sentence combining strategy (generally used with children in grades 3 and up), students are taught to combine two simple sentences into one more sophisticated/complex sentence. Example: Simple Sentences: The girl lost her doll. The girl is crying Complex Sentence: The girl is crying because she lost her doll. Research studies demonstrate that sentence-combiningContinue Reading

Starfall: Free Website Helps Students Learn to Read through Fun Interactive Games

Starfall: Free Website Helps Students Learn to Read through Fun Interactive Games

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Working in public schools for over ten years, I have seen many teachers utilize the Starfall website to assist students with attaining basic reading skills. This is a program that can easily be used at home as well. Starfall, a program based on established research studies, can be used for students of any age, fromContinue Reading

How to Handle Temper Tantrums (Home & School)

How to Handle Temper Tantrums (Home & School)

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This is Part 2 of a Series. Please see Part 1: How to Prevent Temper Tantrums in order for Part 2 to make sense. It is not recommended that you read Part 2 without reading Part 1 first. Continuation from Part 1: If your child argues, cries, begs, pleads, throw herself on the floor, etc., even afterContinue Reading

How to Prevent Temper Tantrums (Home & School)

How to Prevent Temper Tantrums (Home & School)

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The contents of this article are based on my graduate school training as a school psychologist and behavior specialist, research studies on behavior, and 20 years of experience working with children with a variety of challenging behaviors. You will find links to more information within the article.  This is Part 1 of a series. Part 2Continue Reading

6 Research-Based Interventions for the Treatment of ADHD in Children

6 Research-Based Interventions for the Treatment of ADHD in Children

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Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or ADHD-like symptoms often have difficulty in school, at home or in the community. Teachers and parents often report that their child has trouble concentrating on a task long enough to complete it, following through on instructions, following a daily routine, staying on topic, or remaining seated. TheyContinue Reading

An Interactive Story about What School Is Like and How to Behave

An Interactive Story about What School Is Like and How to Behave

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Below you will find an interactive social story about going to school. The story can be used to help children prepare for a typical school day including their first day of school. You can also read this story with your child to practice reading skills. Social stories are a research-based tool used to help childrenContinue Reading

Strategies for Parents to Help Their Child with Separation Anxiety

Strategies for Parents to Help Their Child with Separation Anxiety

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What is Separation Anxiety Disorder? According the the American Psychiatric Association, a person with separation anxiety disorder is excessively fearful or anxious about separation from those with whom he or she is attached. The feeling is beyond what is appropriate for the person’s age, persists (at least four weeks in children and six months inContinue Reading