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When Trying Harder Doesn't Work - Learning Disabilities and Beyond

Posted by Matthew Turton on Tue, Oct 22, 2013 @ 01:11 PM

It is difficult to be positive when a child is struggling in school.  The first assumption when a child is struggling in school normally has to do with effort: This student is not trying hard enough.  Once reaching that conclusion, parents, teachers, and school administrators may take an approach of negative reinforcement and "discipline" to get the "lazy child" to work harder.  

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Topics: learning disabilities, parenting, expectations, homework, behaviour

School Sports and Concussion 101

Posted by Matthew Turton on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 @ 02:42 PM

Concussions are often called the “invisible injury.”  From hard-hitting football games and wrestling to the harmless-appearing activity of hitting soccer balls with the head, children have many opportunities to sustain head injuries while playing.  However, the symptoms of concussion are not necessarily obvious right away and children will often mask symptoms in order to continue playing. 

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Topics: memory, Concussion, educational therapy

Learning Disability Myths

Posted by Matthew Turton on Wed, Oct 09, 2013 @ 09:35 AM

Learning disability myths arise from many assumptions about children and their environments, including the quality of parenting.  The prevalence of these myths prevents the proper treatment for learning disabilities and sometimes shames parents into not seeking help for their children. 

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Topics: parenting, FAQ's, educational therapy, Learning disability

Wellness Challenge – Making meal time a family affair

Posted by Matthew Turton on Tue, Sep 24, 2013 @ 09:00 AM

Good food should be a family affair

Today's guest blogger is Juliana Leamen BSc, MSc, NWS a Certified Nutrition & Wellness Specialist. What we eat plays a big part in how our brain works so Breakthroughs is excited to team up with Juliana to bring you some healthy brain food ideas. Today's topic also talks about making dinner a family event. Family dinners offer countless opportunities for social skill development, vocabulary, listening comprehension and more! Check Juliana’s website for more great ideas.

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Topics: parenting, Brain food

Learning Disabilities - Just "Hoping" Isn't The Answer

Posted by Matthew Turton on Wed, Sep 18, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

“They’ll grow out of it.”  This is what parents often hear as issues arise during child rearing.  Some behaviours can work themselves out as a child matures, but a learning disability is not merely a behaviour.  It is a serious issue that compromises both learning and quality of life. 

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Topics: parenting, love learning, educational therapy, Learning disability

Educational Therapy vs Tutoring

Posted by Matthew Turton on Tue, Sep 10, 2013 @ 11:25 AM

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Topics: educational therapy

What is neuroplasticity?

Posted by Matthew Turton on Thu, Sep 05, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

For most of the 20th century, medical science assumed the brain was a static organ.  Knowledge processing and intelligence were considered permanent genetic attributes that could not change.  Schools often created a caste system: students labeled as slow were assumed to stay slow and high achieving students were kept to high standards with no room for shortcomings. 

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Topics: learning disabilities, FAQ's, educational therapy

Back-to-School Brain Foods (that kids love too!)

Posted by Matthew Turton on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 @ 08:24 AM

Moms have long known that what their kids eat can promote physical health, but their diet can also be the key to mental well-being. As back-to-school time approaches, incorporating these brain foods into daily meals is a delicious way to provide the nutrients necessary for learning, memory and other cognitive functions.   
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    Topics: parenting, back to school, Brain food

    Organizing for Back to School: Shopping Tips and More

    Posted by Matthew Turton on Tue, Aug 20, 2013 @ 11:45 AM

    As we find ourselves at the start of the school year again, it can feel overwhelming to consider all of the things that have to be bought, done and scheduled before you can send the kids off on the yellow bus. However, the back to school rush doesn't have to be chaos. If you start organizing and shopping ahead of time, you should be ready in plenty of time for when the kids head back.
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    Topics: back to school

    ADHD: Checklist for Back to School Success

    Posted by Matthew Turton on Tue, Aug 13, 2013 @ 11:45 AM

    The event no child wants to see in mid-summer: a parent making a back-to-school checklist! Stores feature all the usual school supplies, the season's most current clothing fashions and accessories for students, and all other back-to-school related items.
    This is a typical checklist for any child returning to school, but parents of children with ADHD have a different kind of back-to-school checklist to prepare. It takes more than school supplies and stylish outfits to help students with ADHD be successful in school.
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    Topics: learning disabilities, parenting, love learning, back to school, anxiety, behaviour

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