Schools and Education

Struggling with Learning Reading, Writing, or Study Skills?

New Reading and Writing Program Contest

One of the great things about fall is that the air is cool and sometimes, just sometimes, you even need to light a fire in the fireplace and then curl up on the sofa with a good book. At least that is how it is for me!

To Blame or not to Blame

There is a stigma attached to the relationship between schools and parents. It is believed that there is often a disconnect between what the parents want for their child and what the school/studio is willing to give. Many people enter into this dynamic ready to fight before they have even heard about wants, needs and services offered. What is considered Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) at the public school level does not necessarily coincide with doctor recommendations.

Acacia Academy: Nurturing Young minds for Over 35 Years

"Nurturing Minds, Enriching Lives and Building Self Esteem in Chicagoland for over 35 years"

Acacia Academy is an NCA accredited school in LaGrange Highlands, Illinois, that offers customized programs for a variety of students, such as gifted children, children with Learning Disabilities, Autism, Intellectually Challenged, and any student who could benefit from their customized programs. They are open to students from grades K-12,

Barack Obama Charter School - Guiding Students Toward Success

Barack Obama Charter School, in Los Angeles, CA is part of the Ingenium Schools’ charter school campuses. How are they different from any other school? Ingenium Schools use the RISC (Re-inventing Schools Coalition) philosophy and model, a model that has won the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the toughest standard for organizational performance in the country.

Advocate for your Child in School

Although it’s not spring time and you have some time yet before your Annual Review, that doesn’t mean that you still aren’t coming in contact with your Case Manager or teacher.  Unfortunately, there is the idea that needing to have contact with your Case Manager is a ‘bad’ thing, when in reality, you are a team and should be maintaining regular communication throughout the school year.

With that said, I have prepared a list of information tidbits or tips to help you advocate for your child at any time of the school year.

How Are Highly and Profoundly Gifted Students Different?

If you suspect your child is gifted, you many notice a lot of signs. IQ isn’t the only thing that distinguishes a profoundly gifted child from other students. Though their intelligence is clearly the most prevalent feature, ironically, it may not be the first thing that a teacher notices when faced with a child whose intellectual potential exceeds her own. If you think your child might fit the bill for the profoundly gifted, read on for some valuable information and tips to help your child succeed in school and in life.


How Do I Get My Child’s Teacher On Board with His ADHD Diagnosis?

Dear Developmental Doc:

I am feeling so frustrated I don’t know what to do.  The new school semester has just begun and I have a son who is 8 years old and severely impacted by ADHD. Although his teacher is certified in special education, during our very first ‘meet and greet’, she candidly told my husband and me that she does not really believe that ADHD exists. I am fearful that my son will not have a sympathetic ear in the classroom and in fact, may be unfairly penalized for his disorder- Marci M., Los Angeles, CA.

Dear Marci,

Can Schools Hold back America's Brightest?

A Call to Action - The Templeton National Report on Acceleration

7 Strategies Every Parent Can Use to Meet the Needs of their Gifted Child

Having a gifted child can be frustrating and gratifying in equal measures. Gifted children are often a joy to their parents -- bringing home stellar report cards, talking precociously and enthusiastically about a variety of subjects, and receiving loads of praise and recognition from their teachers and other adults. These are the scenarios that often come to mind when one pictures life with a gifted child.

Easing the Transition Back to School for Special Needs Children

Due to their unpredictable nature, transitions in general, can be very difficult for our children with special needs. The new school year creates a whole host of transitions that made me want to devote this month’s column to tips for helping your child make a smooth entrance into school.