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Why Self-Esteem is Important

Below is an excellent article from the National Center for Learning Disabilities on self-esteem and learning disabilities. http://www.ncld.org/parents-child-disabilities/social-emotional-skills/what-is-self-esteem The article emphasizes how healthy self-esteem is integral to...

Teachers’ Expectations Can Influence How Students Perform

Here is a great story from NPR about teachers’ expectations. “It’s far more powerful to work from the outside in than the inside out if you want to change expectations,” he says. In other words, if you want to change a mind, simply talking to it might not...

Behavior Modification Chart

Repeated Warnings, Yelling? Time to Change Your Approach, It’s Easy! Chart Tips: Use simple language Be clear in identifying the behavior(s) you want changed and your reward Reward should be something to look forward to and get child excited about Use visuals to reflect...

A Play Date Primer

While many children excel in the realm of social interactions, others struggle with learning to play with their peers. When children have problems making friends in school or social settings, play dates can be a valuable means of developing their social skills. For children, the...

Play Date Tips For Parents

Limit the length of the play date. Start with 30 to 45 minutes, and be prepared to cut the date short to make sure it is a positive experience for both children. Preview the play date with your child. Let him/her know the time, location, who they will be playing with, where they...

You Are Your Child’s Best Advocate

“Different is ok, but not so different that the students can’t conform to class rules” (Healy). As the school year progresses, demands will increase and the gap between those students who may be struggling versus those who are moving forward will continue to get...

Managing Your Child’s Screen Time

On June 27, 2011, the Supreme Court ruled that video games are protected by First Amendment rights, overturning a California law that prevented the sale of violent video games to minors. Regardless of whether or not you agree with the decision, this probably got you thinking...

Transitioning to Summer

The transition to summer can be a challenging one, especially for children that need structure, which is why it is important to maintain a routine. In order to do that, you must first figure out what is the basis of your routine. Is it a full, half, mini or drop-in camp? Or no...

Letter From Jamie, Let’s Meet!

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Jamie Levine and I have worked in the education/mental health field for the past 11 years. I do not claim to be a therapist or a mental health specialist, but I consider myself an expert on parenting and connecting with...
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