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Helping Children with Learning Disabilities: Practical Parenting Tips for Home and School

Learn SignAll children need love, encouragement, and support, and for kids with learning disabilities, such positive reinforcement can help ensure that they emerge with a strong sense of self-worth, confidence, and the determination to keep going even when things are tough. Read more »

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Warning Signs of a Learning Disability

Learning DisabilityLearning disabilities look very different from one child to another. One child may struggle with reading and spelling, while another loves books but can’t understand math. Still another child may have difficulty understanding what others are saying or communicating out loud. The problems are very different, but they are all learning disorders.

It’s not always easy to identify learning disabilities. Because of the wide variations, there is no single symptom or profile that you can look to as proof of a problem. Read more »

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Understanding the Different Ways of Bonding and Communicating With Your Child

bondingThe main predictor of how well your child will do in school and in life is the strength of the relationship he or she has with you, the parent or primary caretaker. This relationship impacts your child’s future mental, physical, social, and emotional health. It is not founded on quality of care or parental love, but on the nonverbal emotional communication between child and parent known as the attachment bond. While it’s easiest to form this secure attachment bond with an infant, it can be formed at any time or at any age. Read more »

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Helping Children with Autism: Autism Treatment Strategies and Parenting Tips

autism If you’ve recently learned that your child has or might have an autism spectrum disorder, you’re probably wondering and worrying about what comes next. No parent is ever prepared to hear that a child is anything other than happy and healthy, and a diagnosis of autism can be particularly frightening. You may be unsure about how to best help your child, or confused by conflicting treatment advice. Or you may have been told that autism is an incurable, lifelong condition, leaving you concerned that nothing you do will make a difference. Read more »

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ADD/ADHD Parenting Tips

adhdLife with a child with ADD/ADHD can be frustrating and overwhelming, but as a parent there is a lot you can do to help control and reduce the symptoms. You can help your child overcome daily challenges, channel his or her energy into positive arenas, and bring greater calm to your family. The earlier and more consistently you address your child’s problems, the greater chance they have for success in life.

Children with ADD/ADHD generally have deficits in executive function: the ability to think and plan ahead, organize, control impulses, and complete tasks. That means you need to take over as the executive, providing extra guidance while your child gradually acquires executive skills of his or her own. Read more »

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Parent’s Guide to Teen Depression

desperate teenTeenage depression isn’t just bad moods and the occasional melancholy—it’s a serious problem that impacts every aspect of a teen’s life. Teen depression can lead to drug and alcohol abuse, self-loathing and self-mutilation, pregnancy, violence, and even suicide. But as a concerned parent, teacher, or friend, there are many ways you can help. Talking about the problem and offering support can go a long way toward getting your teenager back on track.

There are as many misconceptions about teen depression as there are about teenagers in general. Read more »

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The ABC’s Of Child Development — Developmental Milestones For Your Child’s First Five Years [web resource]

abcs211Children grow and develop at different rates. While their pathways through childhood differ, most pass a set of predictable milestones along the way. The information presented here offers a map that can help you follow your child’s journey from birth to age 5. Read more »

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Social-Emotional Apps for Special Education

Group Of Children Having Fun In Playground TogetherSocial and emotional learning (SEL) is the cornerstone of emotional intelligence, as these abilities do not come naturally for some special education students. Children in special ed settings need to have their confidence, courage, and emotional awareness nurtured in order to successfully play, work, cooperate, and be productive in their studies. We have all heard that technology can be a great playing-field leveler in a classroom with diverse learners. It can also assist in providing social and emotional skills. Let’s face it — the digital lifestyle is here to stay, so using digital technology to enhance SEL makes perfect sense. Read more »

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A Parent’s Resource Guide to Social and Emotional Learning

Edutopia, funded by the George Lucas Educational Foundation, is a website and online community that increases knowledge, sharing, and adoption of what works in K-12 education.

A Parent’s Resource Guide to Social and Emotional Learning is a curated list of blogs, articles, and videos for parents about fostering skills like kindness, empathy, gratitude, resilience, perseverance, and focus in children. Read more »

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Online Resource: StopBullying.gov [web resource]

Aggressive behavior may be bullying depending on what happened, how often it happens and who it happens to.

StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying. If your child or someone you know is being bullied, the Get Help Now section outlines the steps you can take to resolve the situation. Read more »

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