Posts Tagged ‘special education’

A School Psychologist’s Role in Helping Your Child

It’s that time of year again. That time when camps end, pools are closed, and our kids squeeze their sun-kissed skin into new shirts and jeans, pack up their fresh school supplies into crisp, unstained (as of yet) book bags, and we as parents lament (or rejoice) the beginning of a new school year.

For some kids, the beginning of school is exciting – a time to rejoin with old friends and make new ones, and continue their progress in their own coming-of-age stories. For some kids, however, (and parents too) the start of school is an anxiety-producing event. This can be especially true when your child struggles.

Schools are set up with a system of supports designed to help those children who struggle. Among those supports is a School Psychologist. However, even with supports in place, many parents are still very much in the dark as to what they can do to access available resources. Here’s a quick run-down on one resource parents can tap into today: your friendly neighborhood School Psychologist.

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How to encourage developing fine motor skills

Maybe you’ve heard the term “fine motor skills.” Knee deep in breastfeeding and diapers, you probably didn’t have too much time to think about what they are and why they are important for your growing child. Fine motor skills are small muscle movements that usually, but not exclusively, involve the hands and eyes working in tandem to perform movements requiring precision. Discover fun and easy ways to encourage developing fine motor skills at home with Daily Mom!

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How to Explain Visual Differences to Kids

You’re at the park and your four year old daughter sees a parent and child with a skin color different than her own. She looks at them, then looks to you and innocently asks, “Why do they look different than me?” Your three year old son is waiting with you at the grocery store checkout line and notices a man in a wheelchair. He points to the wheelchair and directly asks the man, “Why are you sitting in that?” As much as you would probably prefer your child to ask you complicated questions at home, odds are that your little one doesn’t have a filter and this won’t be the case. Your daughter and son mean no harm, but are recognizing visual differences in others and curious about the world around them. Are you prepared for these questions and more like them? How will you answer? Let us help you consider your responses.

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Homework Motivation

Ah, homework. It’s the bridge between home and school. Homework is a tool teachers use to reinforce what students learned during the day and to double check if a child is able to demonstrate an understanding of the skills learned in a lesson. As important as it is as an extension of the classroom, after a day of learning, playing and activity, it may be difficult to encourage your child to sit down and focus. How can you become the master of motivation? Do your homework, Mom!

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