Category - Articles

13
Feb

Unplugged Time Together

In a culture where our lives have become inundated with electronics, it is important for parents to teach children the value of spending “unplugged” time together.  Whether your children are toddler or teens, here are some simple electronics-free ideas you can implement to encourage the development of relationships, communication, and thinking skills:

6
Feb

The Art of Decision Making

What constitutes a good decision?  It depends on the person(s) involved in, or affected by the decision.   It can be very difficult to determine the best choice, and some decisions are not always popular.  It is my belief, however that when making a decision whether it be which pair of pants to wear in the …

29
Jan

SUCCESS Builds Confidence!

Living in our dynamic, fast changing world can be extremely stressful — even for those who are processing information at a normal rate. Imagine moving to another country where you know only a limited amount of the language that the nationals speak. It could be overwhelming! Now imagine trying to keep up the same lifestyle …

16
Jan

Learning to Think Part Three: Continuing Mindfulness Throughout the Day

Winter is well underway here in Michigan, and the snow sure has been falling.  It is such a wonderful sight to see children, young and old, out and about enjoying the wonderful scenery.  My young son has become increasingly aware of the seasons, and it has been amazing for me to watch him make discoveries …

9
Jan

What the Kaizen Principle Means For Your Child, Your Family, and You

With the dawn of a new calendar year comes the urge to make big changes in our lives.  There is something about starting a fresh calendar with the entire year ahead that gets us thinking about all the things we might do over the next 12 months.  If we are honest with ourselves most of …

11
Dec

Food Jags: What are They and How to Prevent Them

What is a food jag? Children with feeding difficulties tend to eat the same foods every day, even at every meal. Typically they require that the foods be prepared in the same way each time. For example, your child may only eat a hot dog for lunch every day. S/he will only eat the hot …

4
Dec

Strategies for Playing Games with Children Who Have Autism, ADHD, and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders

One of the thing adults often struggle with when trying to engage a child with autism, ADHD, or other neurodevelopmental issues in playing a game is helping the child stay oriented to them and not just the activity itself.  When an adult gets out a game the child may immediately become focused on looking at …

28
Nov

Why is this important?

The title of this article, “Why is this important?” has been the subject of many conversations in the office lately. I have had this discussion with parents and with a few of the teenagers that I see. People, no matter their age, need a reason or a purpose for doing the things they do. We …

13
Nov

Learning to Think: Mindfulness Throughout the Day

School has been in session for a few months now, and students are busily working on their studies. Teachers have dug into the content of their curriculum for the year, and everyone has had time to adjust to the new routine. As a former teacher, curriculum was an integral part of my day; and working …

6
Nov

Education: Difficult Choices

It began last fall when I sat in a conference with my older daughter’s teachers and was told “she has a hard time focusing in school, and is at the help desk all the time.” I heard other words like “testing for ADD” and “the other kids already get these concepts” (which were expectations for …

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