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Topic Archives: Focus, Attention & ADHD

Sports Success: Why Cognitive Skills Might Be the Key

July 6, 2016

Do you have a kid that seems to have all the key ingredients for sports success: athleticism, interest and motivation? Yet he still isn’t making the “A team” or the coach is “surprised at his lack of progress”. Perhaps it’s time to consider if some of those same executive function skills that affect classroom performance might be interfering with his playing. Listening. Does the coach need to call your kid’s name in the group to make sure she’s listening? If your child doesn’t actively listen to the coach, she’s probably not absorbing as much feedback as her teammates. And chances are, she’s making mistakes as a result. Why doesn’t she listen? The first thing to check is your child’s hearing. If she can hear you just fine, you might… Read More

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Mindprint Exclusive: Observation Checklist for Learning Struggles

June 28, 2016

This is one of many exclusive Mindprint guides found in the FREE Parent & Teacher Resources section of the Mindprint website. We hope it makes it easier for you to identify the source of your child’s struggles. If you’re looking for more detailed insight, consider a confidential Comprehensive Mindprint. Once you know the source of a child’s difficulties, search our free Toolbox to find research-backed strategies to support a struggling learner.

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Beating Test Anxiety

January 11, 2016

by Mindprint Staff Undoubtedly, many bright students struggle with a bad case of test anxiety. When it comes to a big exam or standardized test, these capable students never seem to do their best. Rather than the positive adrenaline a little bit of stress can provide, they end up with a full rush of hormones that interferes with their ability to think clearly, access their memory and demonstrate their full capabilities. Fortunately, understanding and addressing the root cause of a child’s test anxiety can break that cycle– And instead launch the much sought after virtuous cycle of greater self-confidence and improved performance. Our child psychologists tell us that most children’s struggles can be stripped down to a few underlying causes. The trick is to figure out which one is the cause… Read More

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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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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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Advice from our Learning Specialists: How to Prepare for an IEP Meeting

April 17, 2015

Note: This was originally posted on April 17, 2015 and edited and updated on March 21, 2016. By Sarah Vander Schaaff It’s IEP Season, that time of year when parents and school teams meet to review the following year’s Individualized Educational Program, (IEP) or the plan students receiving special education services will have to meet their academic goals. It can be a stressful time for families. For this week’s blog, I interviewed Dr. Wendy Matthews, a psychologist in the Princeton area who spent over 30 years in private practice specializing in children and adolescents. In that time, Dr. Matthews administered hundreds of psycho-educational evaluations to children. She is now a vital part of the Mindprint team. 1.  What materials should parents bring with them to the IEP… Read More

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Does Your Child Need a Coach?

April 10, 2015

By Sarah Vander Schaaff “What parents see is a very bright and intelligent child who can’t pass the grade because they can’t get the homework turned in.” What the child needs, Joyce Kubik says, is to learn simple skills to fit into the linear world when they need to. Kubik is the president of the nonprofit ADHD Coaches Organization, (ACO) a group that serves ADHD coaches as well as the public. As a coach, she brings another level of expertise to her work: she has ADHD, too. For a person with ADHD, Kubik says, “…their brain is wired to be the person who sees everything and reacts to things—they are the movers and shakers.” Still, in a world with linear… Read More

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All Aboard: How to Raise a Wild Child with Dr. Scott

March 18, 2015

By Sarah Maraniss Vander Schaaff Today, we have a Q&A with a man some of you may know best as Dr. Scott from the PBS show, Dinosaur Train. His full name is Scott D. Sampson and he’s got a new book out this month: How to Raise a Wild Child, the Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature.  As a father, he gives practical advice on how to get back to nature with your kids. And as a scientist, he explains why it’s essential.  What Inspired you to write How to Raise a Wild Child? Why this book at this moment? Inspiration came from a pair of compelling insights. First, the present disconnect between kids and nature threatens the health… Read More

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Benefits of Music for Children with Attention Issues

March 17, 2015

Edited by Sarah Maraniss Vander Schaaff Today, we are pleased to post a guest blog, written by Australian based writer, Nicole Davies. Benefits of Music for Children with Attention Issues Parents of children with weaker attention skills should be aware that there are several methods extending beyond traditional treatments that can be used to complement medication and counseling. One of them is music. Confirmed by multiple research studies to play a significant role in cognitive development, music can be used to help children process their feelings and organize their thought patterns and activities. Read on to learn more about the most important benefits of music for children who have been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder or ADHD.   Music stimulates the brain… Read More

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Study This: Meditation

December 20, 2014

By Sarah Vander Schaaff In her book, Sitting Still Like a Frog, therapist Eline Snel discusses a school program called Mindfulness Matters that she conducted with three hundred children and twelve teachers. The group had a thirty-minute mindfulness session once per week, and each day after held ten-minute practice sessions. This continued for the entire year. Snel writes, “Both students and teachers responded with enthusiasm and noticed positive changes, such as a calmer atmosphere in the classroom, better concentration, and more openness. The kids became kinder to themselves and others, more confident, and less judgmental.” When I bring up the topics of yoga and mediation to some of my friends, I am often met with the response, “That won’t make… Read More

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