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Is your child too busy?

Posted by Matthew Turton on Mon, Apr 28, 2014 @ 08:29 AM

Busy children are often the result of busy adults.  Being busy is often considered a badge of honor in our modern day, and those values are often placed onto children as well.  Well-meaning parents will also pack a child's schedule with activities in order to keep her out of the wrong peer group or away from excessive video game playing. 

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Topics: parenting, homework, anxiety

Left vs Right Handedness – When should a child choose?

Posted by Matthew Turton on Mon, Apr 21, 2014 @ 10:31 AM

Superstition regarding left hand dominance was so strong that in medieval times the word "sinister" was used to describe the left hand. Even up to the 1970's, parents received tips on how to encourage right-hand dominance over left.

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Topics: learning disabilities, parenting, Brain Development

Developing social skills in children

Posted by Matthew Turton on Wed, Mar 26, 2014 @ 08:48 AM

Some children are more naturally social than others.  If a child's tendency to withdraw is not by choice, but out of anxiety, that child will require more encouragement.  Otherwise, that child may have difficulty relating to peers and risk depression and low self-esteem.

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Topics: parenting, social skills, anxiety, behaviour

Why is my child socially withdrawn?

Posted by Matthew Turton on Thu, Mar 20, 2014 @ 09:41 AM

Social skills and comfort level with other people varies between individuals, including children.  It can be discouraging if very outgoing parents find they have a quiet child or a child that seems to have no social interests.  Parents may regard “quiet” or “withdrawn” behaviour as a sign that their child needs help socially, but social withdrawal needs to be regarded objectively.

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Topics: parenting, behaviour

How does attention affect learning?

Posted by Matthew Turton on Thu, Mar 06, 2014 @ 10:27 AM

If a child has a learning disability there is a good chance that she suffers an attention deficit as well.  Likewise, children with attention deficits often have learning disabilities.  There can be varying degrees of severity in each area.  Low severity in each area can have a cumulative effect and hinder school success.

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Topics: learning disabilities, parenting, behaviour, Educational Assessment

Lumosity & Brain Games: A Review

Posted by Matthew Turton on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 @ 02:27 PM

You’ve probably heard about the Brain Training Games on  Lumosity offers scientifically-designed training to challenge your brain. They offer programs so that you can train your memory, improve attention, flexibility and problem solving etc. through their Personalized Training Program. Lumosity has an aesthetically appealing site with a wide range of game options and the ability to track your personalized development.

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Topics: parenting, teachers, Educational Games

Discovering a Learning Disability: Shock, Denial, Anger, and Beyond

Posted by Matthew Turton on Tue, Jan 28, 2014 @ 08:55 AM

When parents learn of a child’s learning disability it is not uncommon for them to experience a grieving process similar to the stages of grief described by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross.  While not grieving a death, there is grief surrounding expectations parents may have held for that child.

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Topics: parenting, Educational Assessment, Learning disability, teachers

Improving your Short Term Memory

Posted by Matthew Turton on Wed, Jan 08, 2014 @ 08:46 AM

It happens to everyone at least once.  You enter a room in your home, get in the car, or simply step outside and realize you do not remember why you went there, or what you needed, in the first place.  Leave the area, and then frustration mounts when you realize after you leave home that the library books are still on the kitchen counter. 

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Topics: parenting, memory, teachers

This Christmas Make Reading Fun!

Posted by Matthew Turton on Mon, Dec 23, 2013 @ 11:46 AM

In Canada, adult literacy is measured in levels, with Level 3 considered optimal for everyday demands.  Unfortunately, four out of 10 Canadians, ages 16 to 65, struggle to reach Level 3—the level that should be attain by completing high school. 

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Topics: parenting, Reading, reading disability, free download

Do children outgrow learning disabilities?

Posted by Matthew Turton on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 @ 04:24 PM

When learning disabilities first manifest, they are often interpreted as behavior problems that are best countered with discipline or stringent structure.  School officials may even suggest that the student will "grow out of" the behavior and develop an interest in school when the discipline helps the child develop self-control. 

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Topics: learning disabilities, parenting, FAQ's

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