Advocacy and Assessment before Kindergarten

A Parent’s Perspective You may recall our friend Alex from the story Inclusion: A Parent’s Perspective.Today, as Alex prepares for her daughter to enter Kindergarten, she embarks on a new journey — one that is filled with love, uncertainty, and at times, heartache. Join Alex as she seeks answers and finds they aren’t so easy to come by. An Energetic Daughter My daughter is energetic.  She feels everything at about 150% and laughs with all of her being.  She is…

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Mindful Parenting

By Maria Gregory and Marysa Enis We’ve been really looking forward to this article. It’s that time of year when even the most mindful of people could use a refresher course on mindfulness. Schedules are packed. To-do lists are growing. People are scrambling to get their work done before winter break. Even the fun stuff – giving gifts, decorating, and going to parties – can start to overwhelm. Add kids to the equation and now you’re really spread thin. Add…

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5 Ways to Support Students with Executive Function Issues

We’ve been getting a lot of questions from teachers and Bay Area parents about how to help kids with executive functioning. Weaknesses in executive functioning are often found in both ADHD and specific learning disorders. Here’s our top 5 favorite strategies to help: 1. Visual checklists Children with executive functioning deficits often have challenges in independently following through with steps to complete a process. Too often, parents and teachers become student’s executive function manager, constantly telling them what to do and…

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