As school rapidly approaches, some may experience “mid summer anxiety”. Looking ahead to another school year often means joy to some: “Yea! The kids are back in school!” and anxiety to others: “Will this be a good school year to my child? Will the teacher emphasize his strengths rather than focusing on his weaknesses? Will there be “meltdowns”?” and the list goes on. These are some suggestions to think about and I would love to hear your suggestions as well! Make a list of your child’s strengths, those you would like the teacher and yourself to focus on this school year. Make a list of the modifications that would encourage these strengths and reduce the impact of his weaknesses. You may want to schedule an […]
As summer rapidly approaches, your child may experience joy about the end of school mixed with sadness. Promotion to the next grade level is exciting but may cause anxiety about the new teacher and new classmates as well as leaving the familiar teacher. Be aware of these mixed emotions and help your child work through the anxiety. Anxiety can look like sadness, irritability, acting out in school. Some things to think about doing before school is out: Visit the new grade level and look at the classrooms, meet the teachers. Help your child write a story about this year’s good and bad times. Then add his expectations about next year. For younger children, have them tell you the story. Note fears and help your child […]
Many of you have engaged your child in therapy this past semester and faithfully followed through all suggestions feasible with your families lifestyle. Suddenly you have realized that great progress has been made in one area while another area has appeared that needs work. How do you prioritize what you can realistically handle with your child time wise, financially, and family wise? Prioritizing needs will change as your child’s academic needs change. That is why it is important to have one or more professionals that will help you understand your child’s changing priorities. This may mean that you need to switch from your favorite professional to a new professional at times which I know can be very difficult emotionally for you and your child. But […]
As we regroup from the holidays, it’s time to ponder several different scenarios: 1. Your child continues to struggle in certain or all subjects: It may be time to have him evaluated by a professional either in school or privately. It is very important to know your child’s strengths and weaknesses as well as his learning style to enable him to learn in the most efficient and hopefully fun way. Who to contact for an evaluation: Developmental / Academic /Behavioral Delays } Developmental Pediatrician } Psychologist Specific Motor Weakness } Occupational Therapist } Physical Therapist Sensorimotor Problem } Occupational Therapist Visual } Pediatric Optometrist or Ophthalmologist
If you do decide to take a break from tutoring/therapy during the summer, its important to do the following: Ask your therapist/tutor for her opinion. Consult your doctor if there is a medical condition that requires ongoing therapy. If they agree, then together decide on activities that will help with the goals you all have decided on. Choose fun, realistic ones. Make a commitment to set aside a specific time during the summer days to continue to work on the above activities. Some children lose what they have learned unless reinforced. Have a specific date to begin therapy/tutoring again. If you don’t, it will be easy to not start again. Make it clear to the therapist/tutor what your plans are for the school year. Will […]
When we consider all the major components of handwriting that have to be integrated for legible handwriting, one wonders how any of us can write. This seemingly simple task requires organization, sentence formulation, spelling, punctuation, fine motor skills, visual perceptual abilities and much more. Articles such as “Dysgraphia” by Margaret J. Kay EdD 2010 and “Developmental Dysgraphia and Motor Skills Disorders” by Ruthmary Deuel have referred to different subtypes of dysgraphia, as listed below. Upon exploring which type of dsygraphia your child has, in conjunction with professional testing, you may be able to better determine contributing factors to your child’s writing issues and the appropriate professional to work with your child. Next post we will look at the three subtypes of dysgraphia mentioned in the above articles.
Often a therapist has good intentions in telling a parent about their child’s weaknesses and the progress that is anticipated. I learned recently that “my good news” and the parent’s expectations did not mesh. I began my conversation with “I have good news that I think you will be happy with”. As I unfolded my observations which revealed a mild problem as compared to many of my other clients, the parents were clearly upset. They expected no problems and I was excited to find a mild problem. As a therapist, sometimes we see things differently from the parent’s viewpoint as we are so absorbed in improving the child’s issues. This is all said to encourage you as parents and teachers to help us therapists understand the […]
Check: Personality: Do they work well with children? Do you like them? Can you ask them questions and receive answers? Does your child feel comfortable with them? If asked to do so, will they contact your child’s teacher or other professionals working with your child? Practice: How long have they worked with children? Do they have a good reputation? Do they have adequate credentials for their profession (a degree, accreditation, license, etc.)? Price: Do they accept your insurance? Is the cost with or without your insurance reasonable? Schedule: Will their availability and your schedule work well together? How far must you travel? It truly does take a team working together for progress to be made……choose wisely……..