This bright 2nd grader I was working with produces little work in math class and will not do math homework without his parents sitting there. Asking him to work independently produces fake crying, self-defeating comments, etc. I pulled out this puzzle game yesterday and he zipped through the first 3 puzzles in 10 minutes. He … Continue reading Moving from “stuck thinking” to “flexible thinking” with a 2nd grader.
"Talk to him about being motivated to do homework." "Talk to him about being nicer to his sister." "Talk to him about yelling at us and then acting like it never happened." These are common requests I get from some parents of the kids I work with. What do these three statements have in common? … Continue reading Common requests I hear from parents
I worked with a 13 year old who learned he could manipulate his parents by "shutting down" and not talking any time he got upset because he didn't get what he wanted. When he would do this his parents would go into an (unnecessary) mini panic mode and try to get him to talk. This … Continue reading Kids need to learn to deal with disappointments in life
ADHD is very common yet yet most people (including those in helping professions) have a very limited understanding of it. Behaviors that are a result of lagging skills (social, executive functioning and emotional regulation) are often blamed on a kid or his parents: "He just wants to be disrespectful" "He doesn't care about anyone but … Continue reading Does your son get “stuck” easily?