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

The Pomodoro Technique

Make the most use of the time you spend on working Think of a Pomodoro as a Unit of Time.  By setting your focus on working uninterrupted on a specific task for 25 minutes most people report that they can concentrate deeper and work more productively.  Below is a general guideline for how the Pomodoro Technique works. 1.  On your Pomodoro Planner (or in your agenda book) write down exactly what you need to do for the day.  Include homework, … Read more

Time Management – It’s a Family Affair!

Effective time management skills are essential to all adults and children. From scheduling and managing after-school activities, to homework, to chores… oh, and your life, too!!  Day-to-day demands can become overwhelming and create an atmosphere of constant stress.  Who doesn’t want a calmer more efficient morning, a less hectic afternoon, and a more peaceful bedtime?  By managing your own time wisely and modeling that for your children, you and your family can experience a more orderly, less stressful day.  By … Read more

Just What Are Executive Functions?

This article originally appeared as Get it Together!  Tips to conquer your child’s organizational problems in LONG ISLAND SPECIAL CHILD, Fall/Winter 2010/11 Have you ever noticed that staying organized — or getting started on a project and seeing it through to completion — are all in a day’s work for some people, but for others, they don’t know where to begin? Well, that might be due to executive functions and how well they are working — or not working. Executive … Read more

Five Strategies for Smooth Operating for the New School Year

Regardless of how last year went the new school year starts off full of promise and potential.  Let’s take a moment and look at some strategies that can improve the probability of a successful school year for both you and your child. 1. Goals – Yours and Theirs One of the most effective ways to get the school year started is to imagine it is over.  Help your child visualize what it would look like if they had a great … Read more