For kids who suffer from learning disabilities and/or developmental delays, school is a painful place. It would be one thing if these difficulties simply meant lower grades, but researchers have found that students with learning disabilities were less accepted by classmates, had lower self-esteem, and felt more lonely than their typically-abled peers.
About 1 in 20 teens won’t see any friends over the summer break, and a lack of social interaction can be detrimental to mental health. If your kids already have social anxiety or autism, being alone over the summer may also serve as a setback to any progress they’ve made learning how to make friends. Here are some ways to help your kids have fun this summer and avoid being lonely.
Summer is an excellent time to visit an amusement park thanks to great outdoor weather and extra time off from school. However, it’s also a time when crowds are larger, which can create an overstimulating experience for a child with attention issues, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. It’s important to prepare your child before a trip to the theme park to better manage her expectations and enhance her experience at the park. Here are a few key tips to consider:
How Common Food Sensitivities Can Contribute to Behavioral Problems in Children
Almost all of the children we work with at Brain Balance Achievement Centers who are struggling with learning, behavior and social problems also suffer from food sensitivities. If the brain is out of balance, the digestive system dysfunctions and the immune system gets out of balance. This imbalance ultimately leads to these food sensitivities.
That seemingly innocent glass of organic milk in your refrigerator may have been part of the culprit leading to your child’s meltdown this morning before school. But how can a food like dairy cause this to happen? And are there other foods which can contribute to this phenomenon?
When school’s out for the summer, kids are excited to get some freedom and a new routine. However, for kids with learning or behavioral challenges, the transition to summer can be tough. Spending the days and hours differently can make for a difficult transition, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed or feel lost.
How to Turn Your Child’s Teacher Into Your Child’s Advocate
(Especially During an IEP Meeting)
The execution of an Individual Education Program (IEP) is the responsibility of your child’s teacher and support staff, so having a teacher who advocates for your kid is a big deal. A teacher who has your back and looks out for your child can make a world of difference when dealing with the administration. Turning your child’s teacher into your teammate has less to do with what you say and more to do with how you say it. However, there are some key talking points that will help you win support.
Begin With Friendly Small Talk to Humanize Your Child
When you show up to an IEP meeting, keep your notes tucked away for a few minutes. Winning over your teacher as an advocate begins with humanizing your family and ultimately your child. Talk about how your child is doing at home, their favorite activities or any praise your child has given the teacher at the end of the day. Starting on the right foot is key to developing a good relationship. Though you may be coming in with strong ideas or frustration, try to kick off your meeting with friendly chatter so the teacher isn’t defensive.
Put the Teacher in Your Shoes
One of the most powerful questions you can ask a teacher is “If this was your child, what would you do?” Put the teacher in your shoes as often as you can. This is not only a strategy for getting an honest answer, but it will connect the teacher to your child and can make them more likely to advocate.
Show Appreciation as You Suggest Compromise
Teachers who feel appreciated may be more likely to step up for your child. As parents, you often have a different idea of what the IEP should be than what the administration is implementing. Showing appreciation for what the teacher is doing right as opposed to what you don’t like, however, shifts the conversation to a more productive place. Even as you ask the teacher to make concessions or change the IEP, always offer thanks where it’s due.
Come out to our Brain Balance Discovery Day on Saturday, May 19 at 10 AM – 12:00 PM and see our center first hand and learn about how we are helping children that are struggling Behaviorally, Socially and Academically!
As snow gives way to sunshine, spring is prime time for children to get outside and explore the world around them. While your first instinct as a parent or educator may be to coax kids away from playing in the dirt, this type of sensory experience is a great tool for their development, emotional stability and even their health! Here are reasons playing in the dirt has benefits and how to incorporate this play into your family’s daily lives.
The ability to make new friends is something that can a challenge for any child. There is always some anxiety involved with approaching and talking to new people.
Now, think about trying to make a new friend when you have a difficult time figuring out social cues, such as body language, facial expressions, hand gestures and figures of speech. Children suffering from autism and similar disorders face this issue every day.