You and your child have almost made it to the end of the school year, and that’s a victory for both of you. But because your kid’s behavioral, academic and/or social challenges don’t take a vacation, the last few weeks of school can be a real struggle for the whole family. Help your child through this chaotic transition period using these simple strategies.
Like acne and growth spurts, test anxiety is a pretty normal part of being a kid. Being nervous about taking tests isn’t reserved for students with learning disabilities, although these children are often especially prone to test anxiety. As a parent, you might feel powerless as you watch your child struggle with fear about an upcoming quiz or exam. You can’t take the test for them, but there are some strategies you can use to help your student relax and prepare.
It can be tough to come up with ways to motivate teens, and even more of a challenge to inspire those students with learning differences. High school can seem rigorous and be a struggle for teens with social, behavioral, attention, or learning issues. Here are some fresh ways to motivate high schoolers who struggle academically.
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Having ADHD can make a classroom experience difficult for any child, especially when it comes to listening. Luckily, there are some steps that parents, kids, and teachers can take to help students with ADHD improve their listening skills and overall school experience. Here are our top tips to improve listening skills in kids with ADHD:
Visiting a doctor may be inconvenient, and at times uncomfortable, but adults know that it’s a necessary part of our general wellness. However, for a child with sensory processing disorder, even the thought of a doctor’s visit triggers anxiety—the poking, prodding, and examining pinpoints the areas that are most sensitive and trigger-inducing. Here are some tips to prepare your child with sensory processing disorder for a doctor visit:
Although it may seem like ordinary shyness, social anxiety is a disorder that can prevent kids and teens from making and maintaining meaningful friendships and relationships for an entire lifetime. Fortunately, if successfully managed during early childhood, you can help your child create a thriving social circle. The following is an overview of seven signs your child is having trouble making friends and may suffer from social anxiety.
Children with ADHD and other learning processing disorders are often not aware of other people’s need for personal space. Luckily, there are several ways that you can help kids who are “seekers” develop a better understanding of people’s physical boundaries. Follow these tips to teach children how to respect privacy and personal space, and you can help improve their social skills and increase their ability to form good, healthy relationships.
Valentine’s Day is the day of love. During this day, it is acceptable to show others how you feel by physically expressing your care for them. This includes hand holding, hugging, touching and more. Unfortunately, for children suffering from sensory issues, this time of the year can be extremely stressful and anxiety inducing.
Life for working parents can be difficult enough with typical kids. When you add to the mix a neuro-developmental disorder like ADHD or Asperger’s Syndrome (ASD), what is ordinarily hectic becomes overwhelming and seemingly unmanageable. There is little down time between work, school meetings, specialist appointments and most significantly the extra time dealing with behaviors caused by these disorders. If this sounds like your life, there are steps you can take to tip the scales back towards a better work-life balance.
Does your family like to make new year’s resolutions? Beginning a new year can be a great time for all of us to revisit our commitments and goals, especially for children with learning and behavioral issues like those associated with ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, and learning disorders. Here are three tips to help kids get focused and involved in their own success: