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Blog - Insight into LD

01Mar

We all know that we should learn from our mistakes, and we want our children to do that, too. But what do we say? What do we do in order to teach them how? Interesting research coming out of Stanford University may help with that question.

22Feb

Many parents are struggling to set realistic limits on the use of media at home. Back in the day, it was about watching TV, playing video games, talking on the phone or listening to the radio. Unlimited usage of technology in those days interfered with participating in family meals, doing homework or chores, playtime, socializing with friends and getting to bed on time.

15Feb

Everyone agrees that a certain amount of stress or pressure can provide a sense of urgency to meet a deadline. When the deadline is met, the stress is relieved. In other instances, people avoid a stress by choosing not to travel by plane, for example. In medicine, it is well known that chronic stress has an impact on health. Chronic back pain, headaches, sleep disturbance, heart disease and depression can be linked to long-term exposure to ongoing stress.

08Feb

In my last blog post, I wrote about the extraordinary time and effort it can take to support a child with a disability. So then what happens to the siblings in these families? Often children who have a sibling with a disability can feel that parents are not dividing their attention equally.

01Feb

Tireless, proud, attentive, determined, overwhelmed, stressed, fatigued…these are words that describe parents of children with disabilities. Parenting, at its best, is a stressful, full-time job, but when a child has a disability, even more is demanded of parents. In addition to play dates and extracurriculuars, there may also be therapies, tutoring, and additional school meetings to attend.

25Jan

A couple of weeks ago we posted our first Springer Facebook poll to see what topics our readers are most interested in. This time our readers showed interest in tips for reading with young children to boost literacy skills. We are very excited that our readers are as interested in early literacy as we are here at Springer!

18Jan

Understanding reading development in young children can be tricky for parents who are not educators. When assessing their children’s reading skills, parents do not want to over-worry and be bothersome to the teacher when everything is fine, yet parents also do not want to be too lax and wait for things to get better if that’s not the right thing. Oh what is a parent to do?

04Jan

We all make resolutions for the New Year. Sometimes our goals are vague with no end point, so we are set up for failure. Another goal to lose weight this year? We purchase a gym membership, go for a few sessions, and then something comes up in our family. What do we cut? Sometimes the goal is so vague and so huge that there is little chance you will succeed!

14Dec

One Executive Function skill that seems to be a necessity during the holiday season is flexibility. Flexibility is the ability to change plans when the information or situation changes. The holiday season is full of changes, including parties at friends’ homes, last-minute errands, and trips to grandma’s house. For an inflexible child, these changes in structure and routine may prove to be difficult.

07Dec

This is a fraught time of year. We are looking forward to a few days off, but the kids will be home and the relatives are coming!