Research Review: Mobile Devices and Social Development in Young Children

Everyone is talking technology today, whether they’re excited about benefits or cringing at its unavoidability. It’s easy for parents to feel confused about the benefits and negative consequences of technology use with their children. On the one hand, they don’t want their children to miss out on these exciting opportunities or developing familiarity with them …


Essential Qualities for Educators Working With Students Who Have Learning and Behavior Challenges

The start of a new school is just around the corner, and I’ve found myself thinking about my educator colleagues who are preparing for the year ahead with their students.  Those who especially come to mind are the educators who will be working with students who have learning and behavior challenges but feel ill equipped …


The Nutrition-Anxiety Link in Children with Learning, Mood, and Behavior Challenges

Anxiety is a very common symptom in children and adults with a wide range of diagnoses. The majority of individuals with learning, mood, and behavior challenges struggle with anxiety symptoms such as constant worry, fear of being in social situations, feelings of restlessness, or panic. While many things can cause and exacerbate anxiety symptoms, the …


Why is it so hard to change?

Research shows that it takes an average of 66 days to form a new habit, or change a behavior.  This change occurs with consistent practice over those two months.  Why then is it that most people give up after only a few days or weeks?  Is it because we don’t see immediate change, get tired …


A Closer Look at Homework

Any parent with a school-age child is well acquainted with the trials and tribulations of homework.  They can range from small irritations, like keeping track of what each child need to complete after school each day; to major issues, such as managing a child who melts down everyday after school at the thought of having …


Promoting Safe and Appropriate Behavior in Public-Part 2: Parenting Strategies That Work

The previous article explored the developmental problems that can occur when children in public are placed on leashes as a substitute for developing safe and appropriate behavior.  While there may be a number of seemingly legitimate reasons for parents to use these devices with both typically developing children and those with special needs, leashes should …