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‘Tis the Season

Fact: 85% of a person’s brain is developed by the time they are five years old, but only 14% of money for public education is put into these early years. Team Esteem is growing more every day supporting children struggling with social, emotional and behavioral challenges in...

The Bridge Between School and Home

  Dear Parents, The school year is well underway and Team Esteem is here to help. Organization founder Jamie Levine has been busy writing her first book, entitled, How to Help Your Child: The Bridge Between School and Home. This book is designed to help parents manage...

How Well Do You Communicate?

…With Your Child’s Teachers? While I don’t recommend parents being overly-assertive when it comes to teacher communication, I do recognize that most parents know their child better than others. Parents are their child’s best advocate (along with Team...

Just How Important Are They?

After reading this article in the NY Times today, Your 4-Year-Old Scored a 95? Better Luck Next Time – Abandoning E.R.B. Test May Also Put End to a Status Symbol, I am recognizing even more that I am not alone in feeling the (un)importance of the E.R.B.’s. Over time...

September’s Around the Corner

September Transition With only 2 weeks left of summer this is a valuable time to encourage your child to connect with old and new friends. Whether on vacation or relaxing at home, it is important to prepare your child for successful social and emotional growth this upcoming...

Express Yourself!

Expressive Art Therapy provides a safe, private and creative space for children to discover their emotions and find positive ways to express them. In school, children’s emotional struggles can manifest as acting out, lack of motivation, lack of confidence and poor social...

How Do Behavior and Sensory Needs Coincide?

What to look for and how to help your child. Very often I receive phone calls from concerned parents and teachers regarding a child who is disruptive during circle time, has trouble with transitions, is too physical and a “behavior problem”. Often times there are...

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...

Developmental Milestones Chart

Developmental Milestones Chart, for children ages 1 month to 12 years old. Click to see a larger version.
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