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My Top 10 Classroom Strategies to Help your Child Focus and Pay Attention!

2014-01-11T10:33:43+00:00

By popular demand, here are my 10 top school recommendations for children struggling with focus and attention in class! Remember, no one strategy will be effective for every child. Take this list to school with you to discuss with your child's teacher which strategies would fit your child the best!! 1. Preferred Seating. Try placing [...]

My Top 10 Classroom Strategies to Help your Child Focus and Pay Attention!2014-01-11T10:33:43+00:00

6 Quick Strategies to Promote your Child’s Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence

2014-03-17T21:51:38+00:00

(This is an excerpt from a talk I was asked to give to the parents at San Diego French American School March 19, 2014. The parents voted on which topics I would discuss in my presentation- and this was right at the top of their list!) We all want our children to have a strong [...]

6 Quick Strategies to Promote your Child’s Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence2014-03-17T21:51:38+00:00

What to Expect when raising a child with Asperger’s/Mild Autism Spectrum Disorder

2014-05-16T09:13:34+00:00

Question: I would love more information on raising a child with Aspergers. Thank you!   Answer: I appreciate this question and while it is very general (and I could write books on the topic!) I thought I would start by giving families a little bit of a ‘what to expect’ when raising a child with [...]

What to Expect when raising a child with Asperger’s/Mild Autism Spectrum Disorder2014-05-16T09:13:34+00:00

Is sensory processing disorder (SPD) the new ‘catch phrase? Are we over-diagnosing?

2014-05-29T01:01:34+00:00

Question: "What is your opinion on "sensory processing delay"and OT therapy? Is this being overly diagnosed in your opinion and the new catch phrase? Thank you." -K   Dear K: Thank you so much for submitting this question.  I  think there are many parents like yourselves who share the same concerns. To provide you the [...]

Is sensory processing disorder (SPD) the new ‘catch phrase? Are we over-diagnosing?2014-05-29T01:01:34+00:00

Parents ‘Gifting’ their Children the Opportunity to be successful in General Education Classrooms!!

2014-12-14T12:38:51+00:00

Hello! This last October, thanks to a parent sponsor (whose son has autism spectrum spectrum disorder) I had an amazing time presenting to teachers at their private school about the "ABCs of ASD" which is a new teacher training program I developed especially for teachers of students with ASD in a general education preschool or elementary/middle school. [...]

Parents ‘Gifting’ their Children the Opportunity to be successful in General Education Classrooms!!2014-12-14T12:38:51+00:00

Parent Buddy Program

2014-12-17T22:45:22+00:00

Parent Buddy Program I recently had a parent email me this: "If becoming a parent changes your life completely, becoming a parent to a child on the spectrum gives that change a whole new dimension.  It is heartbreaking to see your child struggle to pick up skills that seem to come so naturally to a [...]

Parent Buddy Program2014-12-17T22:45:22+00:00

Internet Safety Contract for Parents and Children/Teens

2013-06-13T11:25:41+00:00

As well all know the growing number of children and teens that are becoming victims of online predators are alarming. As discussed this morning on my interview with CBS news, I recommend using a internet safety contract with your child or teen to encourage safe and responsible internet use. Please feel free to comment with [...]

Internet Safety Contract for Parents and Children/Teens2013-06-13T11:25:41+00:00

When learning to read or write is a challenge. What to look for, and what you can do to help.

2013-05-23T12:42:26+00:00

This post was written by my colleague Maria Bagby, from Therapeutic Literacy Center. (858) 668-8366 maria@therapeuticliteracycenter.com, www.therapeuticliteracycenter.com Why is learning to read, write and spell difficult for some of our children? The real question is why isn’t it? We are hard-wired for learning to sit, stand, walk and talk.  But reading and writing have to be [...]

When learning to read or write is a challenge. What to look for, and what you can do to help.2013-05-23T12:42:26+00:00

My Top 5 Classroom Strategies to Help your Child Focus and Pay Attention!

2012-10-02T06:05:13+00:00

My Top 5 Classroom Strategies to Help your Child Focus and Pay Attention! There are dozens of strategies that are easy to implement in the classroom that help to improve attention and focus in young children. By parent request, here are my top 5 recommendations I make in my practice for children struggling with focus [...]

My Top 5 Classroom Strategies to Help your Child Focus and Pay Attention!2012-10-02T06:05:13+00:00

Navigating Preschool Choice

2012-11-12T13:13:18+00:00

Moderated by child psychologist Dr. Deborah Pontillo, this workshop features a panel of teachers from the Bill and Sid Rubin Preschool at Congregation Beth Israel, The Children’s School-La Jolla, and a Montessori school who will discuss different curricular approaches, including Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, and Jewish values-based schools. This workshop provides an excellent opportunity for parents to [...]

Navigating Preschool Choice2012-11-12T13:13:18+00:00
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