The Most Important Concepts in Learning
August 5, 2014

NPR has done it again. As soon as I saw this article headline, I knew I was going to like it. Learning To Read May Take Longer Than We Thought One of the most important concepts in learning, in my view, is automaticity. As Donna Coch of Reading Brains Lab at Dartmouth University points out in the…

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Are Expensive Computer Training Programs for ADHD Worth It?
July 9, 2014

I was reviewing some science-y research –as opposed to fantasy-esque research– when I came across this article: ADHD study: Expensive training programs don’t help grades, behavior This did not come as a huge surprise to me, as last year The National Association of School Psychologists published an excellent review of current research in their professional newsletter, NASP…

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Michelle in Print: “When School is Hard…”
June 9, 2014

Hello all! Sorry for the silence here on the blog– it’s been a busy few weeks. I wanted to share that The Foreign Service Journal has published a piece I wrote about what it is like when school is hard for your struggling child or teen. I share what you can do and how to…

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ADHD “Diagnosis” & Boarding Schools for ADHD FAQ (Part 1 of 3)
April 23, 2014

Is your child struggling with attention issues? Planning? Short-term memory? Perhaps he or she has been diagnoses with Executive Function Disorder (EFD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD). First off, I will step onto my soapbox briefly. With all due respect to the DSM, I don’t care for diagnoses. I think they have a place in an initial stage of…

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Part 3 of 3: Struggling Young Learners
November 1, 2013

Concerned about your student’s progress at school?? As a former school psychologist, here are my “insider” tips… Welcome to Part 3 of 3. Missed Parts 1 and 2? Check them out here and here. Today’s post is all about common referral concerns for struggling young learners. This advice is meant for the “middle of the bell curve”…

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Part 2 of 3: When Young Learners Struggle…
October 22, 2013

Concerned about your student’s progress at school?? As a former school psychologist, here are my “insider” tips… Missed Part 1? Check it out here. Today’s post is all about presenting common referral concerns when you find your young learners struggle: 1. Recognize efforts. Sometimes tensions are running high. The teacher seems averse to helping Tommy….

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