Resources Tagged With: school

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ADHD: The Pros and Cons of a “Medication Holiday”

child-beachSummer checklist: Sunblock…check. Beach towels…check. Medication…uncheck?

During the school year, many children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) use medications—especially stimulants such as methylphenidate (e.g., Ritalin, Concerta, Focalin) or amphetamine (e.g., Adderall, Vyvanse)—to increase focus and attention span and decrease restlessness and impulsivity. This is especially true for children who have both high activity levels and impulsivity found with combined-type ADHD (ADHD-C) but may also be the case for the primarily inattentive type of ADHD (ADHD-I). Because stimulants provide symptom relief soon after taking them but are out of the system by the end of the day, there is the option of taking a “medication holiday” over the summer. But what are the pros and cons? Read more ›

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Unidentified Dyslexia Takes Heavy Toll

student photoThe National Institutes of Health estimates that between 6 percent and 17 percent of school-age children have some form of dyslexia, although not all of those students may have been identified by their schools.

Anyone who has taught a dyslexic student has observed that dyslexia, typically considered a reading disability, affects other areas of learning. It makes spelling difficult. It makes writing difficult. It can even make memorizing math facts difficult. It simply makes school difficult—every day and in every way. Read more ›

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Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) [downloadable]

wscc-model-lgEstablishing healthy behaviors during childhood is easier and more effective than trying to change unhealthy behaviors during adulthood. Schools play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of young people and helping them establish lifelong healthy behavior patterns. Research shows a link between the health outcomes of young people and their academic success. To have the most positive impact on the health outcomes of young people, government agencies, community organizations, schools, and other community members must work together through a collaborative and comprehensive approach. Read more ›

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Positive Parenting Practices [downloadable]

teen photoParenting a teen is not easy. Many outside influences distract our youth and add challenges to parenting efforts. Youth need adults who are there for them—people who connect with them, communicate with them, spend time with them, and show a genuine interest in them. A key parental role is helping teens understand that their health and well-being—now and in the future—are not simply a matter of chance, but a matter of choice.

By engaging in positive parenting, parents can help their adolescent make healthy choices. Read more ›

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Ways to Engage in Your Child’s School to Support Student Health and Learning [downloadable]

Mother And Daughter Meeting With Male TeacherAs a parent, you want your child to do well in school. You also want your child to be healthy and avoid behaviors that are risky or harmful. Through your guidance and support, you can have great influence on your child’s health and learning. One way you can show your support is by being involved in your child’s school. When parents are engaged in their children’s school activities, their children get better grades, choose healthier behaviors, and have better social skills.

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Demystifying the IEP Process [presentation]

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a plan that can help your child succeed in school.  What are the key scores that impact scholastic competency? What should go on an IEP? Learn the answers to these questions and more in “Demystifying the IEP Process.” Read more ›

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Psych Testing: What Do All Those Numbers Mean? [presentation]

What is a pyschological assessment? This presentation reviews the main purposes of a psychological assessment, the types of assessments, assessment tools, factors that influence performance, and how to interpret the results. Read more ›

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Impact of Exercise on ADHD

kids exercisePhysical movement improves mental focus, memory, and cognitive flexibility, and it also has an effect on academic performance.
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How to Choose the Right Preschool or Elementary School [presentation]

This presentation provides an overview of several types of preschools and their respective characteristics in order to help you find a good match for your child’s temperament and needs. How will you know if your child is ready for kindergarten?  Watch the presentation to learn more! Read more ›

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Red Tricycle [web resource]

Red TricycleThe folks at Red Tricycle wade through the multitude of ideas to present a small, well-edited list of activities that are really worth your time such as family-friendly recipes, craft ideas, family getaways, style picks, and more.

Be sure to check out the San Francisco directory for ideas for cool things to see, eat, make and do with your kids in the bay area. Read more ›

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