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Do your Kids Homework — With Them

January 17, 2013 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Sometimes, kids come home with assignments that can become a family affair. Maybe it’s a logic puzzle of the week, or a fun assignment for public speaking. Or maybe it’s having a lively discussion about a book your child is reading for Lit. You can increase your child’s commitment to his/her education by showing an interest, without actually doing the work for her! Read the rest of this entry →

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Using technology to keep track of your child’s school work

September 12, 2012 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

As most of you know, our son entered middle school this year.  For the typically developing student, it can be a difficult transition; but for the student with disabilities, it’s much harder to make the transition from elementary to middle school student.  In some school districts, middle school begins in 7th grade but ours begins in 6th grade.  I myself began middle school in 5th grade and would NOT recommend it because I was not ready yet!  Not only do you have to change classrooms every hour but you have to allow time to run to your locker as well.  Let’s not forget changing for P.E. on a daily basis; thank goodness our son’s P.E. class is 6th period.  Like many of you parents, we we’re very concerned about how our son would be able to function in his new environment and be able to access the curriculum successfully; well thankfully there is technology that helps parents keep track of their child’s school work on a daily basis. Read the rest of this entry →

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5 simple stages that can help your child manage his ADHD at school

September 19, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was 6. At the time, my parents received too many complaints about my behavior. "She is incredibly smart and her grades are top of her class," my teachers would say. They would follow with problems with my conduct. I couldn't sit still or stop talking. I tried helping others because I was restless all the time. Even doing sports every afternoon did nothing to lower my hyperactivity.

My mother was soon referred to a behavioral therapist because she said I was never to be medicated. Another issue was money. We didn't have much so we couldn't afford weekly sessions or frequent follow ups. The behavioral therapist decided she would instruct my mother how she would help me through a simple exercise. It's completely free and it can be done at home. Read the rest of this entry →

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Get Organized With the Latest Smartphone Apps

September 11, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Who says organization has to be boring? With the latest smartphone applications, your child can keep track of school assignments and have fun along the way. With stunning graphics and state of the art design, the newest apps will keep even the most reluctant students on track. The truth is that the more organized a student is, the better grades they tend to receive. Check out my top picks for apps that can be quickly downloaded to any iPhone or iPad. Read the rest of this entry →

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Homework Hydra Strikes Again

September 5, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

So once again the homework battle has reared its ugly head and is threatening to engulf the entire family like the hydra that never dies. I really don’t know what it is about homework that upsets Highschoolboy (DS2) so much. It’s not like he doesn’t understand that he is supposed to do his work. That work does come before play and that play is part of life not life itself. Understandably he wants to do what he wants to do when he wants to do it, but that is not how the world works and he is no longer a young child, but a teen on the verge of young adulthood replete with all the rules, regulations, obligations and freedoms that come along with growing up. So I ask myself just what is going on with HSB. It’s also not because HSB doesn’t like school. He loves school. He loves going to school and being around his peers. He loves interacting and talking and joshing. He loves learning and creating. He does enjoy human contact and the world around him. So it is definitely something else. Read the rest of this entry →

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Homework for Children with a Disability

July 31, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

So today I am going to talk about homework. OMG! Anyone with an asperger's child knows what that is all about. After keeping it together all day in a very challenging environment the child then comes home to hours of extra work. Of course, the teacher is not picking on your child. It's the assignment given out to the class. The only difference being your child's decompression takes on a much different look then a neurotypical child's.

Let's talk about getting home. They walk in the door and absolutely let loose. It can be a fit about anything. It's not really the object of their ire but rather the releasing of all that pent up tension that they have felt all day. Finally after sitting quiet, a snack and maybe watching their favorite video or tv show its time to look at the homework. Sometimes its not really that bad. Read the rest of this entry →

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Homework: The Sensory System and Mental Health

July 20, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

It is the fall, school has been in session for over 2 months now, and in many households across America the battle lines have been drawn. On one side: the parents plaintively asking “have you done your homework?” and on the other,  the child—suddenly non-verbal or explosively combative. Read the rest of this entry →

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Scheduling Homework and the Urge to Battle Zombie Mutants

June 28, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Jess

There is a general acknowledgement in our house that if you can't find my youngest son, go find a computer and there he will be. This really wasn't too much of a problem until he hit high school. Then the workload for school became so intense that it really cut into his computer time and the battle was on.

How do you get a child who is fixated on computer surfing and gaming to concentrate on his homework, which is all done on computers nowadays. At first we tried not allowing any breaks when he came home from school. RIght away to the homework. This way we figured that he would still be in school mode so there would just be the push towrds the end of the day. Now that really didn't have too much effect on his efficiency. In fact, the fighting that ensued was legendary. I tried the positive approach...now if you do your homework you will earn "so much time" on the computer to play your games or surf the net. It didn't really work because he just steamrollered through his homwork, not paying attention and not learning anything. OK, try one down, next... Read the rest of this entry →

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