Let’s Share Notes: 7 Must-Reads on ADHD

November 22, 2014

Today we examine some specific issues related to Attention and the increasingly common diagnosis of ADHD. To do this, Nancy and I are opening up our filing cabinet of great articles, digitally speaking, and sharing the ones we think you’ll find helpful. These articles are primarily from non-profit sources such as the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) and The Child Mind Institute. We also have several from The New York Times. You can find more academic literature, but we think these cover some broad and important ground. To put this “red flag” in perspective, our first suggested article discusses the fact that while ADHD is not considered a learning disability, it frequently goes hand-in-hand with various LDs. We also have an… Read More

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Know Your Child: Attention

November 13, 2014

  If there is one cognitive skill Americans are familiar with it is this week’s topic: attention. And that is largely because concerns about attention and, specifically, the diagnosis of ADHD have risen over the years. According to the CDC, 6.4 million children between the ages of 4-17, or 11%, had been diagnosed with ADHD in 2011.  That is up from 7.8% in 2003. As we continue our series on 10 Cognitive Skills, I turned to Nancy and her team to give us some basic understanding of this key executive function. While all cognitive skills are important, this one plays a particularly big role in our contemporary lives. Attention Attention is the ability to initiate and maintain focus for learning,… Read More

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Know Your Child: Processing Speed

November 3, 2014

If grades, performance on standardized state tests, and anecdotal observations about your child’s behavior aren’t getting to the heart of your concerns or curiosities about how your child learns, this series on cognitive skills is exactly what you’re looking for. Nancy Weinstein from Mindprint, and the team of experts she’s assembled, have put together this overview of key cognitive skills and how they affect a child’s ability to learn and thrive. We start the series with an important one that is sometimes hard to pinpoint: Processing Speed.     In the shoes of a child with a processing speed weakness The child whose only weakness is processing speed can feel like she is constantly living the fable of the tortoise… Read More

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Get Smart about Halloween

October 31, 2014

How we celebrate Halloween is a sign of the times: what costumes are popular, what the weather may bring (snow, hurricanes, ice or wind) and even what we dole out to eager trick-or-treaters. Considering nearly 1 in 13 children has a food allergy, a rate that has increased about 50% since 1997, it makes sense that food allergy awareness and its associated color, teal, are joining the wave. FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) is encouraging families to think about making a few additions to Halloween. Their website provides ways for families to create a map of allergy-friendly treat givers, to print a teal pumpkin sign or sheet of stickers, and advice on how to distribute both candy and non-candy… Read More

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Now You See it, Now You Don’t: Cognitive Blindness

October 25, 2014

A few days ago, my six-year-old brought home a book from school that was considered a “right-fit”. Her assignment was to read the book to me out loud. We’ve been doing this since the start of the school year. It was a routine assignment and from what I could tell from the book’s jacket, a routine kind of book for a typical first grader. But this was not routine. A few pages into the story, she lost much of the fluency I would have expected given the book’s vocabulary. And why? Because she was distracted by the pictures. “That man is not wearing a helmet,” she said, looking at a man on a motorcycle depicted in one scene. Another character… Read More

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