Dyslexia: What is it?

The formal definition of dyslexia: Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other … Continued

Homework Help for ADHD

Homework completion for children with ADHD can be an overwhelming task, both for the child and the parent.  Individuals with ADHD have a more difficult time with sustained concentration, especially if the activity is non-preferred, motivation toward a task that is non-preferred, and with various aspects of time management.  Typically, all of these cognitive abilities … Continued

Apps for ADHD and Executive Functioning

As the school year begins, it is most certainly helpful to begin utilizing organized routines and strategies for managing schedules and to do lists.  Even those tasks that are basic to everyday life such as getting ready on time for school, leaving on time for an event, or completing homework on time.  The following apps … Continued

Common Ground

Note that I am veering off of my normal posts/blogs and will return to my more typical content with subsequent posts and blogs. I find myself very disheartened and concerned about the overarching political climate in the United States at this time.  In my viewpoint, it is exceptionally negative, divisive, and all around unfriendly.  It … Continued

A Good Night’s Sleep

Now that summer is in full swing, it seems natural to extend bedtimes for children.  Schedules change and some activities last later into the evening.  Even some friends seem to be playing and engaging in activities later into the evening when compared to evenings during the school year.  Children often negotiate for later bedtimes and … Continued

Summer Activities: Keeping Minds Active

A large consideration for summertime is how to balance activities for children.   One consideration that I offer is how to strike some balance between physical and sports related activities, social activities, and academic and/or thought based activities.  Combining these areas of activity with continued structure for diet and sleep habits will often lead to a … Continued

Too Many Warnings?

  As parents, how many times have we said the following? “If you do it again…” “The next time that you do that…” “I’m warning you…” We often use warnings to identify unwanted behaviors or behaviors that need to be corrected.  Pragmatically, it provides a chance for the child or adolescent to shift their behavior … Continued

Stress and Social Media

A 2017 report from the American Psychological Association indicates that Millenials (ages 18-34) are reporting more stress related to social media compared to older generations.  The report also indicates that Millenials feel more disconnected from family, even though the family may be together. This seems to speak to the habits of using devices for communication … Continued