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Top 5 Reasons to Train Teachers About Dyslexia

dyslexiablog431Written by Lisa Parnello, Literacy Specialist & Wilson Credentialed Trainer

In a sea of professional development opportunities for teachers, how do you decide what’s most important for teachers to learn? What will make the biggest impact on the students? Read more ›

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Four Key Executive Functioning Strategies for Your Child

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Written by Vivien Keil, PhD, Neuropsychologist and Clinical Director at CHC

March Madness is around the corner: a time of anticipation and excitement for college basketball fans around the globe. Many students, however, especially those with learning and attention differences, are experiencing another form of madness altogether: midterms, projects, deadlines and a pressure to succeed. In a recent study, 45% of teens reported feeling stressed “all the time.” Many parents feel helpless as they wonder how best to help their kids stay afloat.

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The Power of Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

SEL blog 390Written by Jeff Kozlowski, Head of Sand Hill School at CHC

The Case for SEL

Look around any Starbucks, airport or doctor’s office waiting room, and you’ll likely see impatient, frustrated, and angry adults simmering in the presence of children. After all, children are renowned for testing boundaries, pushing buttons and trying patience. This is especially true for kids with learning differences, as they try to navigate a world that doesn’t make sense. Read more ›

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Getting on an IEP [presentation]

An IEP, or Individualized Education Plan must be in place for a student to receive special education services.

Chris Harris, the Director of CHC’s Esther B. Clark School, explains what an IEP is, the eligibility requirements for an IEP, and how it differs from a 504 plan.  Learn about the types of goals that should be included in an IEP, accommodations, and how parents and guardians can be an advocate for their student. Read more ›

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ADHD at Home and at School [presentation]

In this presentation, Chris Harris, the Director of CHC’s Esther B. Clark School, explains the primary types and the hallmark symptoms of ADHD and how they are manifested in home and school settings.

Learn the most effective practices for in-school and at-home management of ADHD. Read more ›

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Teen Suicide: Understanding the Warning Signs [presentation]

Suicide is the 2nd most common cause of death among 10-24 year olds. In this presentation, Vidya Krishnan, Head of Adolescent Mental Health Services at CHC, discusses the warning signs, risk factors, protective factors, and treatment options. Learn what to look for and how you as a parent can help. Read more ›

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Twice-Exceptionality (2e): What Does It Mean and Why Does It Matter? [presentation]

CHC’s Vivien Keil, Ph.D., and Ann Smith, Executive Director of Gifted Support Center, define what it means to be twice exceptional — that is, both gifted and challenged by a learning difference.

The presenters also discuss the mental health needs of the twice exceptional child, support strategies and treatment options. Read more ›

La Vida de los Adolescentes: Una Perspectiva de Desarrollo [presentation]

¿Cuáles son los desafíos, características y comportamientos típicos de un adolescente?

En esta presentación, Iria Sebastiao de CHC discute la fase adolescente y le ofrece sugerencias prácticas para manejar los retos. Read more ›

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Should My Child See a Psychiatrist?

vidyablog315Written by Vidya Krishnan, MD, Head of Adolescent Mental Health Services at CHC

Consulting with a psychiatrist about your child’s mental health can be a significant and daunting process for a family. How and when to see a psychiatrist rarely feels clear. How do you know when it’s time to make an appointment? What if the diagnosis is severe? Will they prescribe medication? Read more ›


Stop Running (and other holiday tips for you and your teen)

written by Jenna Borrelli, LCSW, CHC

We are a society obsessed with running, and by running I don’t mean the physical activity of running, I mean running from one thing to the next, filling up our lives with countless activities, events, lists, other people, technology, and substances, so that we are rarely ever still and alone with ourselves. Read more ›

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