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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Homework Tips for your child

Homework can be hard for children in many ways to focus and complete their tasks.  With so many distractions in our modern world, who can blame children for having difficulty concentrating and getting their work done.  Visit any home with a school-aged child on a weekday ´╗┐afternoon and you're likely to find a stubborn youngster arguing about their daily assignments.  Sometimes their daily extra-curricular activities can get in the way of the assignments being completed.  Either way, some helpful tips on getting homework done efficiently can include:
  • Designating a workspace for homework - clear away any non-essentials not related to homework and have all materials nearby
  • Limit distractions - shut off the TV and put away all phones and electronics.  Separate the siblings as well
  • Pick the right time and stick to it - pick the best time based on your schedule and don't vary
  • Use the teacher's way - try and stick with the method the teacher is offering their lesson, not the way you learned as a child
  • Take breaks - some children can only maintain their attention for so long, so allowing for short breaks between subject matters are helpful
  • Praise jobs well done - When you notice your child working hard, make sure to praise them.  Positive reinforcement goes a long way
  • Be helpful, but not too helpful - there's a fine line between helping a child with their homework and doing their homework for them.  Encourage them to figure it out on their own with your helpful direction.
  • Talk to the teacher - if your child's teacher is giving more homework than your child can bear on a daily basis, it may be worth it to speak with your child's teacher to come up with an individualized solution that works better for your child alone.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Benefits of Inclusive services for preschoolers with disabilities

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Children with disabilities who are fully included in high-quality classrooms with typically developing peers have been shown to make positive gains across nearly every developmental domain.  In addition to academic gains, they are more likely to show positive social and emotional behaviors; develop higher level social skills; engage in more advanced play; develop more advanced communication skills; and generalize skills across settings.  There are also long term benefits.  Researchers have found that high expectations can lead children with disabilities to develop more confidence, independence, and a stronger sense of self.

Typical children in inclusive classrooms have shown positive developmental and attitudinal changes from integrated experiences.  They can develop more realistic attitudes about children with disabilities, become more sensitive to their needs, and learn to appreciate individual differences at an early age.  Academically, students without special needs will have their own knowledge and self-esteem, self-confidence and social skills reinforced and enhanced by helping another child learn.  this model is called peer tutoring and is used widely in classrooms.  By teaching a concept or helping students with disabilities practice a skill, kids are given increased experiences with the material.  this strengthens their subject knowledge and gives them a better chance to achieve success.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Getting your child ready for Fall Sports Season

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Summer is usually a season reserved for relaxation, especially for school-aged children who are not yet old enough to work.  These kids, no doubt, enjoy the chance to spend summer days lounging with their friends by the pool or at the beach.  Though summer is synonymous with R&R, parents of young athletes who plan on playing sports once the school year revs up need to take steps to ensure their kids aren't at risk of injury once they blow the whistle on the sports season. 

  • Examine and replace equipment if necessary.  The right equipment can protect children from injuries.  Damaged or outdated equipment should be replaced.  Also, get those feet measured.  Kids feet grow yearly until they hit year 16 or 17 on average. 
  • Schedule a physical for your child.  It's never a bad idea to make sure your child is in top physical shape and ready for the physical toll their upcoming sport will take on their bodies.  Getting a physical will give you piece of mind that your child is physically prepared to compete.
  • Let kids heal.  Kids schedules are busier than every these days.  Many kids play multiple sports during the school year.  Summer is the time to let their bodies heal and not overdo things.  Stay is shape of course, but save something for when the games really count.
  • Gradually get back in the swing of things.  It's good to practice your sport and gradually gear up to when the games are live.  Exercising is a good way to gradually gear up.
  • Speak with coaches.  Coaches can be great assets to parents who want their kids to succeed.  Usually, the coaches and parents have joint goals.  Speak with your child's coach to determine if there is any area your son or daughter can work on over the summer to improve his or her chances of making the team.  Make sure you include your child in these decisions.  Otherwise, you risk having a sport turn into a chore for a kid.