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

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