Tips to Develop Cognitive Flexibility and Flexible Thinking Skills

Flexible thinking

“I can’t do it! It’s wrong!” Nicole announces loudly. This is a common scene at homework time. Andrea, Nicole’s mother, knows that Nicole is doing math and just got a problem wrong. She also knows that Nicole will resist trying a different approach to the problem. Soon Nicole will be in tears and declaring that the book is wrong and

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Strong Visual Spatial Skills but Struggling to Read


Emma is a hardworking fifth grader who struggles to read. She is clearly bright, so both her parents and teachers wonder why she is not a better reader. Emma’s parents took her for testing to figure out the best way to help her. The testing results showed that Emma has strong verbal comprehension and excellent visual spatial skills. Emma excels in solving

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How much time should be spent on reading intervention?

learning to read

Finding the time to get reading help for your child can be stressful. So parents wonder how often they need to have reading sessions. A common question is, ”Can I do 2 hours once week rather than twice a week for an hour?” Either way it is two hours, so it should be the same, right?   It is the

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Seven Steps to Help Your Beginning Reader

Help your child read

A child who can read is a child who can learn. And a child who can learn is a child who can succeed in school and in life. Secretary of Education, Margaret Spelling. Margaret Spelling reminds us that learning to read is one of the foundations of life success. Learning to read can be challenging for young children. Many parents

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Quick testing taking tip for the “Rusher”


You know the “Rusher”. This is the student who rushes through his or her work without reading the full directions, makes careless errors, only writes down part of the homework assignment and thinks checking work is the worst offense in the world. Here is a question from a mother whose son is a Rusher. Q: How can I help my

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Do visual learners have more difficulty with language organization than verbal learners?

imaging girl

Visual-spatial learners think in images. Verbal learners think primarily in words. Visual learners see the whole picture all at once allowing them to see things from many perspectives. Verbal learners learn step by step and have a tendency towards analytical thinking. These two types of learning may also impact a child’s organization of language.  What do I mean by language

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How Does A Low Processing Speed Score Affect My Child?


Question: My 16 year old son has just had an evaluation and he was given the following scores on the test: 
 PRI 132, VCI 130, WMI 110, PSI 76
. I don’t understand how exactly this affects him, though I do notice he is a bit slow on some activities. How does the combination of the factors above translate into

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How to help your child succeed in middle school

happy teenagers

Last week Mrs. Smith came to visit me and discuss her daughter, Sarah. Sarah is in seventh grade and has been struggling all year. Last year in sixth grade Sarah earned all A’s and B”s on her report card.  Sarah has a history of doing well in school. At the beginning of seventh grade Sarah began experiencing difficulty in a

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