Righting the Off-Track School Year

[Written for Long Island Parent Feb/March 2011] The second quarter marking period is over and your child’s grades have taken a turn for the worse. It’s time to regroup and evaluate where the school year is headed if no changes are made. You are both feeling frustrated and anxious about the months to come. You’ve tried bribes, maybe even used some well thought out consequences, but nothing until now has made a significant, lasting difference. Something is just not going … Read more

School Survival for You and Your Child

Come on, we can do it.  We can make this year just a little less stressful and a little more enjoyable.  Hopefully the burnout and exhaustion of the previous school year has dissipated and you are ready for a new beginning.  For this first newsletter of the new school year I thought it might be useful to review, update and enhance some of our basic strategies to establish a positive outlook for the months ahead.  As always, if you have … Read more

For Parents: ADHD – Now What??

So your child has just been diagnosed with ADHD.  What does that mean??  Let’s just cover a few of the basic facts and try to help you put things in perspective. ADHD affects approximately 9.5% of the school age population (CDC).  You are probably aware by now that the hallmark traits of ADHD are Distractibility or Inattentiveness, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity.  Each of these conditions can make life for a child and those around them challenging, to say the least.  Along … Read more

Talking to Your Teacher so your Teacher Understands You

Do you ever wish that your time at school could benefit you more?  Do you wish that your teachers understood you better and knew how to help you achieve more?  Well, it’s within your reach.  It may take some courage, some new skills on your part, maybe some insight into your self, but the results may make a tremendous difference in how comfortable you are in school, your grades, and what you really get out of your education. You’ve been … Read more