March 2011

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  • Sensory Processing Disorder Tips

    I just wrote a blog post about sensory processing disorder that explains what SPD is and how to get support. Here are some further tips to help you navigate SPD with your kids.

    1. Sensory Processing Disorder is brain based and not the result of any parenting mistakes. It doesn’t help if you blame yourself. We don’t choose our... 
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  • Sensory Processing Disorder

    Do you understand anything about sensory processing disorder? We have a 3-year-old grandson who has been diagnosed with this. His parents have tried listening therapy with high and low pitches to organize his nervous system and are doing things to provide propriosepter (spelling?) input. Just wondering if you have any ideas about this or know of any good people for them to... 

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  • A Pre-School Conundrum

    We are considering a Montessori preschool for our daughter.  What is your take on Montessori education for the preschool years?  Is it consistent with what you have found to be true about the early development of the brain?  It's expensive, but wondering if we should divert some of the funds we have been putting away for college.  Is it worth the... 

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  • Choosing a School For Your Preshooler

    I just answered a question about choosing a school for your preschool aged child.  Here are five things to keep in mind:

    1.  Visit the school more than once.  Include your child in at least one visit.

    2.  Check references and ask if you can speak with other parents.

    3.  Ask about the experience,... 

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  • Poverty and Kids' Brains

    I heard you give a talk not too long ago about how brain science can help us understand and solve many of our educational challenges. Can brain science explain the "achievement gap" that we teachers are struggling to close?

    --Kim, McKinney, TX

    Thanks Kim.  The answer to that question is an emphatic "yes." A full answer would... 

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  • Closing the Achievement Gap

    Poverty impacts brain development in critical ways. Here are four things to keep in mind as we look towards closing the achievement gap:

    1. Support early childhood nutrition programs.  The benefits far outweigh the cost.

    2. Suppport early childhood programs that work.

    3. Provide parent education.

    4. Provide young parent support in areas of attachment,... 

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