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Ten Surprising Consequences of Executive Functioning Difficulties

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Is your child or teen having trouble making decisions, planning, actively listening, managing information, switching tasks or even remembering to hand in homework? That sounds like they may have difficulty with executive functioning and self-regulation, which centers on controlling behavior, emotion and cognition. They’re crucial life skills that equip people to get along with others, focus, set…


Making the Most of Mid-Winter Break for Your Child’s Learning

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North American students are coming up for their mid-Winter break in February. It’s just a week, so what can you do as a parent of a child with learning disabilities to keep them on track yet make the most of the break?
An Uphill Battle with Holiday Brain?
You’ve no doubt heard that holidays can dint IQ levels. Actually, it’s not just holidays. According to a CNN report, IQ levels have be…


How to Help Your Pre-schooler Prepare for Kindergarten

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As a parent, you’re no doubt aware that school is a whole different ball game for your pre-schooler.

It’s a huge change, says Andreas Schleicher, the OECD’s Director for education and skills[1].

“For many children … [transition to school] a big cultural change – in the people surrounding them, the ways in which they interact, their number of peers, the types of activities they ar…


Tips For Helping Your Child With Homework

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Your school-age child could be spending five to 12 hours – even more – on homework each week. So, here’s how to use that time to improve their skills mastery, performance and even wellbeing.

Parental styles of involvement in their children’s homework could affect the latter’s performance and wellbeing, a study[1] has found. You want to guide, rather than hover and direct.



Get A Step Ahead With Your Upcoming Parent-Teacher Meeting

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With the new school year in full swing, chances are you’re tee-ing up a parent-teacher meeting sometime soon. Here’s how to make the most out of the conference so your child is on the right track for a successful academic year.

Your child may already have an individualized education program (IEP), which would have been developed through a team effort and needs to be reviewed regularly. If t…


Evaluating Homework

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At this point in the school year, you are probably well into a homework routine with your child. That makes this the perfect time to evaluate that time, its challenges and successes, and whether or not a change is needed.

There are a number of studies and differing views about the effectiveness of homework, especially in early grades. For younger students, it can help develop important study ha…