Wonder, interest, and the internal motivation to learn are derived from children’s natural propensity toward curiosity. A University of Michigan study links curiosity to higher rates of academic achievement. Moreover, when faced with challenging tasks, curious children are less likely to concentrate on possible failure, but instead focus on finding a solution. How do we foster curiosity and keep it active throughout childhood development? Continue reading
Every child has instances of hyperactivity and impulsivity. It is not uncommon for a child to become distracted by an electronic device, get frustrated with homework, or grow restless. These are all typical examples of childhood development. How can a parent know the difference between typical behavior and a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) defines ADHD as a health condition involving deficits in impulse control, planning, problem solving, and interpreting social interactions. The diagnosis of ADHD frequently occurs during elementary school and symptoms may carry over into adulthood. Because of its lifelong impacts, it is important to recognize ADHD early in a child’s development.
Wondering if your child has ADHD? Does your child exhibit the following symptoms? Continue reading
Finals week looms large in the minds of high school students, and stress levels often soar as the semester comes to a close. Students work hard to manage the pressure of performing on cumulative exams and completing end of term projects. Anxiety may rise for high achievers who want to perform their best, as well as students who are struggling to master the course material and are trying to catch up.
We are often asked, “When is the best time to evaluate my child?” Current research stresses the importance of early identification and intervention. Assessment is the first step in identifying the specific developmental needs of a child. Once determined, proper interventions can be implemented. Because the young brain is more flexible, proper intervention at an early age creates lasting effects on brain development.
What is an early childhood evaluation?
An early childhood evaluation is specialized for children between the ages of 1-5 years old, and includes:
- Formal testing in language, motor skills, cognitive functioning, social behavior and communication
- School and/or home observation
- Analysis of environmental, medical and developmental factors that contribute to the overall picture
- Collaboration with school and other medical professionals when needed
Parents don’t have to look far to see that their children are impacted by both academic and social pressures. By some indications, teens now report even more stress than adults. As curricula become more rigorous and testing more high-stakes, the pressure to succeed academically weighs heavily on students at increasingly younger ages. Meanwhile, students are navigating the stress of making and keeping friendships, social media, bullying, and lockdown drills. All of this is overlaid by an ever-growing array of extracurricular activities and commitments. How can parents help children and teens manage this stress? Through tuning into core personal values, fostering problem-solving approaches, and highlighting proper self-care, parents can help children manage their stress.
Parents face the daily struggle of managing time spent by their children using technology. This is so prolific that even Apple is being pushed to develop tools to respond to smartphone addiction in youth. But the idea of simply “limiting screen time” is impractical given that children, like adults, now use technology for a significant amount of their work, learning, and socialization. Continue reading
In preschool through second grade, most schools place a lot of emphasis on developing pre-reading and reading skills. By third grade, however, the focus typically shifts from learning to read to reading to learn. By this age, and throughout the rest of their school careers, students are expected to use their reading skills to learn and understand academic content in all areas, from science and social studies, to music, art, and even math. Through fluent reading, students also learn the more complex areas of language and communication skills, including spelling, grammar, and vocabulary. To effectively and efficiently absorb content in all of these areas, children must not only know the mechanics of reading, but be able to read fluently.
For school-age children, academic learning rarely stops when the bell rings at the end of the school day. This means that parents face the challenge of helping children manage their homework time. The following tips can help you navigate homework management and make the process as smooth as possible for you and your child.
Winter break is a time for family fun. Parents set expectations high for that perfect family vacation at the beach, on the slopes, visiting new places, or enjoying a stay-cation. Along with your dreams of your perfect family vacation, there needs to also be an expectation for sibling conflict. Sibling conflict is a natural part of relationships, and parents should expect an increase in these interactions particularly when siblings are together for longer periods of time in less structured environments. Some of the reasons for sibling conflict revolve around feeling bored, seeking more attention, and experiencing jealousy or a lack of fairness. To decrease sibling conflict, parents can use the following five tools: Continue reading
Children acquire information through natural experiences and directed learning in school. When encouraged, children develop the belief that they can be successful, apply themselves, and enjoy the discovery process. Research routinely concludes that there is a positive correlation between family involvement and student success. Parental attitudes influence student motivation, self-concept, and school achievement. In other words, what parents do, say, and think helps to shape and inspire student academic motivation. By focusing on the following 6 principals, you can help your child become an engaged and enthusiastic learner.
- Value Learning. When parents explicitly express their belief about the value of learning, children model this attitude. Tell your children that school and learning are important because it increases their knowledge base, develops basic skills, fosters personal growth, and builds their future.