Parents of kids with behavioral issues and processing disorders know that there’s no such thing as a simple trip to the store when the kids are in tow. Crowds can stress and agitate these children, and stress leads to tantrums and breakdowns. Then there’s the fact that shopping is boring for most kids, especially those who have hyperactive tendencies. Because bored and agitated kids may either act out or wander off, taking them shopping isn’t fun for anyone.
If you’re concerned that too much screen time will hurt your kids, your fears are not unfounded. Multiple studies show links between excessive screen time and negative side effects including eye strain, brain connectivity deficits and even an elevated risk of suicidal thoughts.
The pressure of a perfect homework score can overwhelming, so there is something to be said for embracing mistakes as a learning opportunity. However, there is also a strong case for avoiding errors when you can. Some mistakes are common and easily avoided. Here are five things that will hurt a homework score, and how you can coach your student to steer clear of them.
You want what’s best for your child. Hopefully, your child’s educators want the same thing. Teaming up to create an IEP (individualized education program) should help, but only if you’re able to advocate for your child’s needs – and to do that, you have to learn the language of IEPs. The specifics vary, but a lot of the lingo and concepts are used universally.
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: