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Monthly Archives: November 2014

It’s Ok to be Chopped

November 30, 2014

By Sarah Vander Schaaff This past Thanksgiving morning, when I sat on a yoga mat in a surprisingly packed room of yogis looking to find some calm before the storm, my yoga teacher mentioned something we should all be grateful for: our setbacks. We can learn a great deal from them if we listen to what they have to tell us. Giving thanks for failure and disappointment is not a philosophy embraced by many parents, myself included, who often rush to kiss a wound, physical or emotional, before a larger lesson can be seen or felt. Perhaps the most aggressive among us act to erase the setback all together, picking up the phone or pen or walking into the principal’s… Read More

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Let’s Share Notes: 7 Must-Reads on ADHD

November 22, 2014

By Sarah Vander Schaaff Today we examine some specific issues related to Attention and the increasingly common diagnosis of ADHD. To do this, Nancy and I are opening up our filing cabinet of great articles, digitally speaking, and sharing the ones we think you’ll find helpful. These articles are primarily from non-profit sources such as the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) and The Child Mind Institute. We also have several from The New York Times. You can find more academic literature, but we think these cover some broad and important ground. To put this “red flag” in perspective, our first suggested article discusses the fact that while ADHD is not considered a learning disability, it frequently goes hand-in-hand with various LDs…. Read More

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Know Your Child: Attention

November 13, 2014

  If there is one cognitive skill Americans are familiar with it is this week’s topic: attention. And that is largely because concerns about attention and, specifically, the diagnosis of ADHD have risen over the years. According to the CDC, 6.4 million children between the ages of 4-17, or 11%, had been diagnosed with ADHD in 2011.  That is up from 7.8% in 2003. While all cognitive skills are important, this one plays a particularly big role in our contemporary lives. Attention Attention is the ability to initiate and maintain focus for learning, work, and behavior control. It is a skill in the cognitive domain of executive functions. In the shoes of a child with an attention weakness Most people… Read More

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Know Your Child: Processing Speed

November 3, 2014

If grades, performance on standardized state tests, and anecdotal observations about your child’s behavior aren’t getting to the heart of your concerns or curiosities about how your child learns, this series on cognitive skills is exactly what you’re looking for. In the shoes of a child with a processing speed weakness The child whose only weakness is processing speed can feel like she is constantly living the fable of the tortoise and the hare. Given the time to listen, understand, and react, this child can excel. But trying to race to the finish is probably not an option for this child. Depending on the child’s personality, he may be completely comfortable with his slower pace, though he may want to… Read More

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