High Functioning Autism: Signs and Perspective

10 Oct

High Functioning Autism, HFA, as of 2013 absorbed the label Aspergers. This is the result of the DSM-5 (the test to label it) replacing what it was labeled as. There is talk of another test changing these possibilities in 2017, but that is up in the air. This interesting link was sent to me. It […]

Learning Disabilities: Learning the Facts

12 Aug

Learning disabilities

Learning Disabilities cover a wide variety of symptoms, causes, outcomes, and treatments. This can make it difficult to diagnose or to pinpoint the causes. Learning Disabilities can be divided up into three broad categories. These include: developmental speech and language disorders, academic skills disorders, and Other (includes certain coordination disorders and learning handicaps not covered […]

Gifted Children: Existential Depression and Other Challenges

17 Jul

gifted children challenges

Gifted children can face many unique challenges. This interesting article was sent to me on how children who are uniquely gifted are also more challenged because they are so in-tuned with so many things. Existential depression might be more prevalent to them as gifted children are truly great philosophers and thinkers, so it is natural […]

27 Great Picture Books: What to Read with Your Kids

12 Jun

great toddler books

Children’s picture books are a great way to engage kids of all ages into literature. They can teach so much. The illustrations can draw them in, while great text can truly add to it. You can start reading to your children before they are even out of the womb and can continue as long as they […]

Peer Mediation: How It Helps

12 May

peer mediation

Peer mediation can help to resolve an issue constructively with others while also being a tool for a preventative measure for anger management. It is used when trained students lead one another through problems to resolutions. Here are some steps for effective peer mediation: Agree on ground rules Each individual gets to tell their side/version […]

Electronics and Child Development: 5 Guidelines

18 Apr

electronis and child development

Electronics and child development seem to go at war with one another and yet seem inevitable. We all can judge the mom or dad who lets their child watch tv or play on a phone or device but is it really as harmful as everyone says. Here are some guidelines to use: Rule 1 There […]

Happy World Autism Awareness Day

2 Apr

Autism is now diagnosed even more readily than it was in the past. With more families being more effected, there is only more reason to feel unified. 1 in 68 children in the U.S. is currently diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, 30% increase, or 1 in 88,  from 2 years. Here is a great […]

Baby Talk: Helping Children’s Speech Grow

1 Apr

baby talk

Baby Talk is an important part of development. It is a bridge stone to so much more. Early language will lead to success in school later on. Research shows that children who are more successful with early communication will arrive to school more on time, more ready to learn, and have an easier time learning […]

End the R Word: Celebrate Individuals

6 Mar

intellectual disabilities

Here is a fabulous article I came across, which sums up why the r word is hurtful and should not be used. Remember the importance of people first language. No one is their disability or should be labeled as such. Instead say a boy with ‘____.’ Fill in the blank or change the name, but […]

Generative Learning Theory: Continuing the Mind

28 Feb

generative learning theory

Generative learning is a theory based on the active process of linking new knowledge and old knowledge. A process we all do in order to learn and remember new things. Along with organization of knowledge, it involves recall, integration, and elaboration. Organization consists of categorizing, outlining, analyzing, clustering, and mapping Recall consists of pulling information […]