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Monthly Archives: November 2015

A cellphone for the holidays?

November 19, 2015

CAUTION: If your child is begging you for a cellphone and you aren’t quite ready to give in, you might not want your child to read the following post!  By Mindprint Staff Parents of elementary-aged children always ask about the “right age” for a cellphone. And all parents wonder about what rules to set. Given the enormous amount of negative publicity around adolescent cellphone use, much of it rightfully earned, the hesitancy around giving a child a cellphone is understandable. A quick scan through our collection of articles on media privacy & usage should provide you with all the cautionary advice you need. However, much less discussed are the potential benefits of having a cellphone. And these benefits can extend well beyond knowing when your child is… Read More

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Empowering Parents: Sibling Surprises

November 13, 2015

Edited by Nancy Weinstein Editor’s Note: As the mother of two daughters who are so different and yet sometimes seem so similar, I am always drawn to sibling stories. In this second post in our Empowering Parents series, Laura, mother of two girls, Julia, 8, and Leah, 9, describes why she chose Mindprint. She explains how her family continues to use Toolbox. To protect the family’s privacy, these are not their real names. When we decided to give our children the test, we didn’t have any specific concerns about their learning abilities. We just thought why not find out if there is anything there, any specific learning strengths or weaknesses that we could work on, foster, and/ or support. Why not do everything you can… Read More

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ADHD, It’s Not What You Think It Is

November 5, 2015

When we hear ADHD, many of us probably still imagine the boy in the classroom that is constantly getting into trouble and can’t seem to keep his hands to himself. While there’s no denying that there are children with ADHD that fit the stereotype, there are many more who do not. In fact, in recent years there has been great progress in understanding ADHD, including a common acceptance in the professional community that ADHD is not a behavior problem. Rather, ADHD is a difficulty with managing the complex interconnected systems of the brain that are needed to function efficiently. While challenges of students with ADHD can’t be generalized, one consistent characteristic of students with ADHD is that they can’t effectively maintain attention for something they aren’t interested in without help. And contrary to popular understanding, they… Read More

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