The different types – presentations – of ADHD explained

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You may have a hunch that your child or even you tick the box for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). A diagnosis impacts those affected in their everyday life, often leading to communications problems.

A counselor of the Today Parent Team, Susie Garlick, says: “Our ADHD children are not horrible, undisciplined or unruly children, we have just created a world that no longer allow…


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…


Acknowledge the Difficulty While Encouraging the Effort

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“The existence of your neighbor’s pain is not dependent upon your belief in it.” –  Jesse Williams

Although it’s been several years since I came upon this quote online, the words still resonate daily. I am reminded of their significance as my observations, feelings, and choices are questioned by individuals with different experiences. I am reminded when a factual recounting of events i…


For Struggling Readers Change Is Possible

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At some point in your day you will probably brush your teeth, button clothing, make a call, or walk, ride or drive to another location. Will you stop to think about the steps needed to carry out each task beforehand or is it just something you do? Maybe you’ll take a shower, read or type information on an electronic device, or look both ways before crossing the street. You might even go swimmi…


Back to School Social Concerns: Keep Calm and Be Kind

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The new school year is quickly approaching. Parents and children are undoubtedly beginning to prepare for what’s to come. There are the familiar routines of viewing class lists or schedules, shopping for clothing and school supplies, and adjusting morning and nighttime routines. There are also discussions with peers and parents about the teachers, which classes will be shared with friends, and…