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Does Your Child Need a Learning Intervention?

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The beginning of the holiday season typically means the first conferences and report cards have come and gone. There’s a familiarity with the classroom routine, work expectations, and student-teacher dynamic. For some, learning concerns are now in the forefront. As the impact of these concerns becomes more observable, it is important to consider alternatives. After all, the sooner learning iss…


There’s More to ADHD Than Hyperactivity


Most individuals are familiar with the term Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). We often associate this neurodevelopmental disorder with images of students having difficulty sitting still, who are impulsive, and potentially disruptive in controlled settings. While it is true that some individuals with ADHD exhibit these symptoms at times, many do not.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivit…


Responding to Your Child’s Report Card

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For many, fall means it’s time for the first report card of the school year. Whether it’s recently come home or expected soon, chances are the milestone is accompanied by a fair amount of expectation and emotion for all parties involved. As a child, I remember the anticipation and wanting to rush home and share the information with my parents afterwards. It didn’t occur to me to consider h…


Autism and Parenting: One Mother’s Journey

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Melissa is a married mother of three. She worked as a long-term substitute for a resource teacher and the Director of Education for a learning center in New York before joining Gemm Learning. Her middle child, Tommy, is nonverbal and was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at age 2 and ½. I recently spoke with Melissa about the joys, challenges, and lessons learned. She spoke candidly…


A Safe Learning Environment Is Critical to Student Success

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The learning environment plays a critical role in student success. Classroom teachers do their best to control the physical aspects, like accessibility of materials, desk arrangements, and seat assignments. They also establish rules and expectations, setting a general tone intended to make all students feel welcome and supported. However, the way in which students interact with one another, in a…


Is Your Child Getting Enough Sleep?

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Over the past few months I have prepared food, wrapped it, and mistakenly deposited it right in the trash can instead of the refrigerator. I have set aside cash in an envelope only to scour the house a few minutes later looking for it and find I’d placed it in the recycle bin. And I’ve rushed to the store for a key ingredient in a recipe, only to forget to include the item a short time later…