Articles containing: learning

What Is A Nonverbal Learning Disability?

November 13, 2019

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A nonverbal learning disability (NLD) is a syndrome that includes challenges in visual-spatial organization, nonverbal problem solving, and social skills. Despite often having strong verbal abilities, children with NLD have trouble understanding humor and adapting to new situations.

How to Prepare for a Parent-Teacher Conference if Your Child Has ADHD

September 11, 2019

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It’s that time of year again. Kids are back in school. Teachers are getting to know your child, and your child is adjusting to the routine of being a student. Is a parent-teacher conference far behind? If you’re the parent of a child with ADHD, these conferences can fill you with dread.

Are ER Visits the Answer to Mental Health Issues at School?

September 4, 2019

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Anyone who works in a school can tell you that mental health concerns are an integral part of their job. After all, students need to be at their emotional best in order to perform at their scholastic best. There may be exceptions, but the general rule of thumb is that healthy kids are the best students.

How Do You Measure Executive Function Skills in Kids?

November 20, 2018

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Executive Functions is one of those “buzzy” terms that teachers use a lot these days.

What is Working Memory?

September 11, 2018

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The ability to have and recall memories is what makes us unique individuals. Each of us has a distinct and irreplaceable store of information that affects our feelings, perceptions, and opinions. In general, memory is our ability to use information from the past in the present.

Teaching for the Test or Teaching for Real Life?

I have never been good at standardized tests. In fact, I’m horrible.

The problem is that in standardized tests, as opposed to general knowledge or understanding of a particular problem, you need to know what the specific question is looking for. But I just don’t think that way. I overthink every question.

Dyslexia, Part 4: Transitioning from High School to College

This blog is the fourth in a series on dyslexia. Topics previously addressed include Dyslexia 101, understanding treatment, and school accommodation options available.

Sarah was an outgoing and bright teenager in her senior year at a public high school.

What is Dyslexia?

April 13, 2018

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One of The Clay Center’s our biggest partners related to child and adolescent health is the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), which provides treatment and services for children of all ages in virtually every specialty and subspecialty of medicine and surgery, as well as preventive and primary care.

The Importance of Stories for Child Health

November 21, 2017

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Stories matter.

That’s not just an opinion.  That’s not an axiom or a homily or a saying or even a pithy bumper sticker slogan.

That’s a genuine biological imperative.

Summer School: Pros & Cons

May 31, 2017

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Brett’s mom was surprised when his second grade teacher recommended that he attend the public school’s summer school program.