Dyslexia is a learning disorder characterized by difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and how they relate to letters and words on a page. Dyslexia is a fairly common learning disorder and is diagnosed in about 5 to 10 percent of all school-aged children. As with other learning challenges, early identification can open the door for early intervention, increasing a child’s chances of success in the classroom. Knowing the signs of dyslexia can help parents and educators identify children who need specialized instruction, learning strategies and home-based reinforcement.
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One of the biggest challenges of parenting children with social struggles is worrying that they’ll be socially isolated. You know that your child has a huge heart, a silly side and a lot of interesting ideas, but will the other kids in her class realize that? Organizing small, controlled play dates is the perfect way for your child to build social skills, make new friends and enjoy all the fun of childhood.
When Frank J. Mrvan, the North Township Trustee, began speaking to a crowd of 300 people early Saturday morning, he had something planned that would hopefully strike a chord with everyone in attendance.
It has been known for many years that the diet of a pregnant woman affects the growth of her baby. This research is ongoing, and some interesting links have been discovered between prenatal nutrition and childhood development.
Children who struggle with executive functioning often have trouble dealing with abstract concepts. This weakness can affect everything from forming friendships to understanding history lessons, but there’s another big abstraction you deal with on a daily basis: time.
When your child is having trouble in school, it can be heartbreaking to watch. You want what’s best for them, of course, and knowing that six to eight hours of the day are difficult is hugely frustrating — especially when you’re not sure how to help. It can be equally dismaying to hear jargon and acronyms thrown around if you’re not sure what they mean.
Sensory processing disorder (SPD) can be experienced in different ways, making it particularly challenging to manage for parents and teachers. Some children experience hypersensitivity while others have hyposensitivity. For a few, they might have both.
Every child needs exercise, but every parent knows that scheduling the recommended 60 minutes of moderate physical activity each day isn’t easy. The challenge is magnified when your child doesn’t like or struggles to participate in the group sports and activities most schools provide. Soccer, baseball, hockey and cheerleading aren’t for everyone. Kids who are easily distracted, uncoordinated, shy or don’t enjoy team environments may prefer one of these five ideas for fun and exercise that help to limit the anxiety that can result from forced group participation:
Transitioning between seasons can be tough for any child, but for children with sensory processing disorder (SPD), the arrival of winter can be particularly difficult. With a new season comes a whole slew of new feelings, each of which may be overwhelming and uncomfortable for anyone with a sensory integration dysfunction. Luckily, there are some steps that parents can take to minimize the seasonal transition. The following tips can help ensure kids with sensory issues feel as comfortable and secure as possible during the winter.