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Topic Archives: Listening & Following Directions

Kids Sports Success: Why Executive Function Skills Might Be the Key

July 6, 2016

Do you have an athletic kid that isn’t making the “A team”? Learn why some of the same hidden skills that can affect classroom performance also might be affecting your child’s playing and interfering with your kids sports success. 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 want to check if she is having difficulties with auditory processing, working memory, or attention. What can I do? … 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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Know your Child: Complex Reasoning

December 9, 2014

How the experts define complex reasoning Complex reasoning refers to one’s ability to draw inferences and analyze information involving objects, images, space or numbers. You may hear it called abstract reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, visual reasoning, or critical thinking. In the shoes of a child with complex reasoning difficulties The child with difficulty in complex reasoning skills often has the feeling of being lost in a big city without a map. Give this child clear directions, and it’s not a problem. Ask this child to use a combination of logic and intuition to get from point A to B and it can feel downright scary, like being completely lost not knowing which way to turn. These children may shy away from unfamiliar situations, challenging problems or… Read More

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