By now, your children have been in school for 6 or 7 weeks, and, as the saying goes, “the honeymoon may be over”. We’d all like our children to have an amazing, inspiring, skillful, patient and engaging teacher—wow, I’d like to have friends and co-workers like that, too!—but the reality may be considerably less satisfying. […] Read more »
Making School Work For Your Child
Making School Work is for parents whose children struggle to work up to their potential in school because of learning issues, problems with attention or development, or social/emotional concerns. It offers useful information and “helpful hints” drawn from my experience evaluating children and working with parents for over 30 years. It will focus on giving parents tools so they can help their children succeed, in school and in life.
Please post your comments, and ask questions. It’s what teachers tell your children—put your hand up and ask, because there are probably other parents with the same questions!
As school starts, kids have certain concerns—do they have the right supplies, cool sneakers and backpack, a friend to chat with on the bus and in class? A new year means new teachers, different work, and a new social situation. We parents have concerns, too. How long will it take the teacher to understand my […] Read more »
Welcome to mid-summer! I am watching and loving the spectacular of the summer Olympics—the beautiful swimmers and gymnasts, beach volleyball under the stars, rowing and riding, and some sports I’ve never even heard of (white water slalom kayaking?). It makes me think of something I often tell parents of the children I see for testing: […] Read more »
I know parents need a break. So do your children. But ten weeks is a long time- 20% of the entire year. As I said in my last blog, most children with special needs will regress over the summer, in some cases by quite a lot. When I speak with parents, they ask how they […] Read more »
The school year is almost over, and parents are thinking about summer camp, family vacations, lazy weekends—and freedom from homework, tests and projects! Not so fast. Summer is 10 weeks- 20 % of the whole school year. Even during an average school day, teachers don’t have enough instructional time to ensure mastery or boost skills […] Read more »
This is a question I hear often at the end of the school year. My professional opinion…sometimes. To help you decide, a few questions, and some answers. First, who thinks this is a good idea—parents, teachers, or the child himself? Second, why does it seem a good idea? And third, what are some other options? […] Read more »
Everyone has things they really care about in this election year—and maybe these are very different things for you, for me, and for the parents of our children’s classmates. But one thing I think we should all be united on is education. Specifically, how to increase the odds that your child will get the teachers, […] Read more »
In my last blog, I talked about all those projects, book reports, research papers, etc. that strike fear in the hearts of parents. I tried to help parents sort out what was reasonable to expect of their child, and how to help their child develop good organizational skills for the projects. I got some feedback […] Read more »
I don’t know about you, but I used to feel anxious when my children came home with certain types of assignments. A book report. A science project. A research paper. Homework that I didn’t understand. A test coming up with lots of material to memorize. I felt that I was being tested, and I wasn’t […] Read more »
It’s spring, and that means more daylight, spring flowers…and standardized testing. For children with special needs, this often means endless hours of stress. Tasks that are too difficult are presented in a quiet room away from other students, with the help of a teacher or paraprofessional, broken down into smaller time blocks and smaller “chunks” […] Read more »