Knowing How to Study

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by Child & Family Development

Kids with learning differences may not have a solid understanding of effective strategies to use when studying. Middle school and high school students may become overwhelmed or fatigue easily when reviewing content for a test. Although there are a number of study strategies and tools for students to consider, these basic recommendations may offer a place to start.

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Seating Supports for Students: Considering Alternatives for Seating in the Classroom or Home

Monday, Apr 9, 2018 by Child & Family Development

Appropriate seating may not be the first thing a parent or teacher would think of as the child begins an assignment; however, having different options can potentially boost their performance. Children with or without learning differences may benefit from a variety of seating accommodations.

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Helping Kids Write Thank You Notes

Tuesday, Jan 2, 2018 by Child & Family Development

The holidays are a time for giving. Chances are your child has been doing quite a bit of receiving as well. Taking the time to write thank you notes is a great way to help kids show their appreciation for the gifts they have received this holiday season. However, not all children are quick to grab a pencil and get started. Here are some tips for helping your "reluctant writer" compose a note of thanks.

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Topics: C&FD Occupational Therapy Services, C&FD Educational Services

"Appy" Holidays!

Thursday, Dec 21, 2017 by Child & Family Development

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Sensory Storytime

Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 by Child & Family Development

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Learning Disabilities: info from our educators

Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Reading disorders or learning disabilities, and specifically dyslexia impact approximately 20% of the population. The NC and SC public school systems have resources in special education to identify individuals with learning disabilities however, procedures and guidelines are such that most children are not identified with learning disorders until 2nd or 3rd grade and in order to be identified their delays must be significantly impacting their educational performance. Therefore, many children with mild delays simply “fall through the cracks” as their mild delays turn into moderate and severe delays without appropriate intervention. Research indicates the children make the greatest gains in learning to read in grades K through 2nd. Research has also shown that if the reading gap is not remediated by the 3rd grade, it is very hard to close. Therefore, it is imperative that professionals in the medical field collaborate with parents and educators to help identify individuals with learning disabilities.

Learning Disability sub-types:

  • Dyslexia is a phonological based reading disorder which shows in an “unexpected difficulty” with reading tasks such as fluent word recognition, reading decoding, spelling and likely reading comprehension.
  • Dyscalculia is a mathematics disorder in which functioning in either arithmetic calculation; math concept formation and/or speed of execution are substantially below a student’s expected level for age, ability and educational experience.
  • Dysgraphia is a developmental written expression disorder in which the complex set of motor skills and information processing skills required to produce writing are delayed in handwriting, spelling and the organization of the written word on paper.
  • Nonverbal Learning Disability Is not presently a diagnostic condition but rather refers to a syndrome characterized by significant deficits in motor, visual spatial and social skills resulting from an individual’s difficulty interpreting nonverbal information. 

Pre-academic/Pre-school Warning Signs of Learning Disabilities:

  • Late speech development
  • Late development with learning alphabets letters and sounds (late is considered by 5 to 5 ½ years)
  • Inconsistent development and learning of the alphabet and sounds
  • Poor rhyming skills
  • Avoiding drawing/coloring, pre-writing tasks
  • Weak fine motor skills
  • Late established hand dominance
  • Immature or muddled speech (says aminal for animal)
  • Difficulty with word retrieval (says ummm and thing)
  • Advanced vocabulary in comparison to development of reading skills
  • Late color recognition

Warning signs for school aged children:

  • Oral reading is slow or labored
  • Reads with substitutions, adds words or guesses at words
  • Poor decoding skills (not able to properly “sound out a word”)
  • Poor spelling skills (often individuals with dyslexia will spell words correctly on a spelling test ,but are not able to generalize into other day-to-day writing assignments)
  • Poor fine motor skills, handwriting
  • Trouble with recall or retrieval of math facts, especially quick retrieval
  • Writes or reads letters and/or numbers reversed
  • Doesn't enjoy reading and/or writing

Often, teachers do not pick up on signs of learning disabilities until later grades as letter reversals and poor handwriting are often times viewed as developmental concerns. However, if a parent has any concern it is best to at least speak with an educational specialist and psychologist to determine the need for evaluation. Early intervention is the key.

Click here to read more about educational testing and tutoring services at Child and Family Development. 

Click here for a printable page about learning disabilities.

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Topics: Mary Froneberger, Marie Arrington, Jessica DeLing, C&FD Educational Services

Dislecksia: The Movie

Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 by Child & Family Development

The John Crosland School recently held a community wide event to show the documentary, Dislecksia: The Movie. Our very own Mo Froneberger, lead the discussion after the film. According to the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity, Dyslexia affects 20 percent of the population and represents 80–90 percent of all those with learning disabilities. If you have questions about Dyslexia, our educators can help.

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Topics: Mary Froneberger, C&FD Educational Services

BENEFITS OF A BOOK CLUB for typical or struggling students: have fun

Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Follow us throughout November as Marie Arrington MAT, Educational Specialist shares the benefits of her Navigating Through The Novel services, especially framed around a HOLIDAY BOOK CLUB

Holidays are one of the busiest times of years! Between parties, days off from school and other festivities that seem to fill the calendar, it is hard to keep up! However, one thing that does not have to get “lost in the mix” is your child’s reading routine. Marie is offering a holiday book club series to help ensure your child does not skip a beat when it comes to their regular reading routine, for school or pleasure, while on their holiday breaks! 

Benefit #4: It’s fun! The unique thing about a book club is that it is run by someone who can hopefully make the reading and the discussions fun! And that is just what we do! Each assignment is unlike any typical assignment from school; however, the assignments focus on all of the essential reading strategies that make your child involved, comprehensive readers.

Students can use a recommended book or one from their list.  Read more about Child and Family Development Navigating Through The Novel services here.   

Contact Marie at 704-372-9652 ext. 216 to develop a customized plan for your student. 

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BENEFITS OF A BOOK CLUB for typical or struggling students: social skills

Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Follow us throughout November as Marie Arrington MAT, Educational Specialist shares the benefits of her Navigating Through The Novel services, especially framed around a HOLIDAY BOOK CLUB

Holidays are one of the busiest times of years! Between parties, days off from school and other festivities that seem to fill the calendar, it is hard to keep up! However, one thing that does not have to get “lost in the mix” is your child’s reading routine. Marie is offering a holiday book club series to help ensure your child does not skip a beat when it comes to their regular reading routine, for school or pleasure, while on their holiday breaks! 

Benefit #3: Book clubs offer a safe, friendly place for your child to meet new peers. The social component is critical because as I previously highlighted, it not only provides a format for children to share their thoughts on a book, but it also teaches certain social skills. Through the book clubs, we practice turn-taking, how to have an appropriate reaction to another person’s different belief, and many other skills. The skills we practice and learn in this setting can then be applied to other group settings (i.e., the classroom). 

Students can use a recommended book or one from their list.  Read more about Child and Family Development Navigating Through The Novel services here.   

Contact Marie at 704-372-9652 ext. 216 to develop a customized plan for your student. 

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BENEFITS OF A BOOK CLUB for typical or struggling students: new experiences/ no ruts

Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Follow us throughout November as Marie Arrington MAT, Educational Specialist shares the benefits of her Navigating Through The Novel services, especially framed around a HOLIDAY BOOK CLUB

Holidays are one of the busiest times of years! Between parties, days off from school and other festivities that seem to fill the calendar, it is hard to keep up! However, one thing that does not have to get “lost in the mix” is your child’s reading routine. Marie is offering a holiday book club series to help ensure your child does not skip a beat when it comes to their regular reading routine, for school or pleasure, while on their holiday breaks! 

Benefit #2: Book clubs encourage children to read books and genres they may not have otherwise sought out. Many children find their reading niche and they stick with that. And that is in no way a bad thing! But, with their young minds, we want to expose them to as many types of novels and authors, so that they are exposed to new, diverse information, as well as new vocabulary and experiences. This helps build their ability to visualize new worlds, experiences and types of people, while also building their ever-growing vocabulary!

Students can use a recommended book or one from their list.  Read more about Child and Family Development Navigating Through The Novel services here.   

Contact Marie at 704-372-9652 ext. 216 to develop a customized plan for your student. 

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Academic Technology Supports for Students

Thursday, Nov 9, 2017 by Child & Family Development



Child & Family Development educational specialists determine a student’s learning style and differences, then find ways to support school success. Tutoring can address areas such as reading (dyslexia), mathematics (dyscalculia), written expression (dysgraphia) and related auditory, visual and nonverbal processing difficulties or disorders. Executive functioning and organizational skills are also needed for optimal learning and performance. Often, computer programs and applications are part of a customized treatment plan.

OUR APPROACHES include:

• Audible©, Learning Ally™ and other audiobook reading applications
• Books
• Computer/tablet features and tools
• Dragon Naturally Speaking®
• Keyboarding Without Tears from Learning Without Tears®
• Smartphone features and tools
• Wi-fi Usage
• Program “Mind, Body, Backpack”: strengthen executive functioning skills and apply approaches in a meaningful way.
• Program “Techie-Wanna-Be”: instruction on appropriate applications and programs that support learning.

COST
Individual sessions are offered at $65 per hour. These sessions are not billable to insurance and are non-refundable. Small groups may also be formed, based on interest and shared treatment goals.

CONTACT  
MIDTOWN OFFICE
Jessica DeLing, M.Ed., Educational Specialist 704-372-9652 ext. 123
PINEVILLE OFFICE
Marie Arrington, MAT, Educational Specialist 704-372-9652 ext. 218
Mo Froneberger, MAT, Educational Specialist 704-372-9652 ext. 219

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BENEFITS OF A BOOK CLUB for typical or struggling students: sharing in a safe setting

Tuesday, Nov 7, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Follow us throughout November as Marie Arrington MAT, Educational Specialist shares the benefits of her Navigating Through The Novel services, especially framed around a HOLIDAY BOOK CLUB

Holidays are one of the busiest times of years! Between parties, days off from school and other festivities that seem to fill the calendar, it is hard to keep up! However, one thing that does not have to get “lost in the mix” is your child’s reading routine. Marie is offering a holiday book club series to help ensure your child does not skip a beat when it comes to their regular reading routine, for school or pleasure, while on their holiday breaks! 

Benefit #1: Book clubs offer students the opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings about a book in a non-judgmental, open setting. Through my book clubs, I create a space where every child, no matter what their reading ability, can feel confident to participate. Together, we build a strong reading culture that excites students to read on their own, complete their activities, and then come back ready to discuss what they read!

Students can use a recommended book or one from their list.  Read more about Child and Family Development Navigating Through The Novel services here.   

Contact Marie at 704-372-9652 ext. 216 to develop a customized plan for your student. 

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Learn to keyboard with educator, Marie Arrington: INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY

Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Follow us throughout October as Marie Arrington MAT, educational specialist shares the benefits of keyboarding. 

She is certified in Keyboarding Without Tears (KWT) from Learning Without Tears™.  Keyboarding Without Tears (KWT) from Learning Without Tears® is a web-based curriculum for grades K–5 that teaches typing, general computer readiness, digital citizenship and online test prep.  Promoted as a first step of digital learning, KWT teaches children the skills they will need to type fluently, learn computer functions, format text and discover how to interact in many online environments. 

The 5th benefit of becoming efficient at typing is INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY

  • One final, important benefit to developing your child’s efficient keyboarding skills is that it ultimately increases their productivity. They’re working faster and feeling less frustrated which increases motivation and ultimately increases the amount of work they are able to get done in a much shorter amount of time. That’s a win for all! 

So, in summary of this month's keyboarding benefits: Typing is an important skill to teach your child because it decreases the amount of TIME they spend on assignments, improves ACCURACY, helps build their CONFIDENCE, prepares them to be READY for SCHOOL, and increases their PRODUCTIVITY!

Contact Marie at 704-372-9652 ext. 216 to develop a customized plan for your student. 

Read more about Child and Family Development KWT services here

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Learn to keyboard with educator, Marie Arrington: SCHOOL READINESS

Tuesday, Oct 24, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Follow us throughout October as Marie Arrington MAT, educational specialist shares the benefits of keyboarding. 

She is certified in Keyboarding Without Tears (KWT) from Learning Without Tears™.  Keyboarding Without Tears (KWT) from Learning Without Tears® is a web-based curriculum for grades K–5 that teaches typing, general computer readiness, digital citizenship and online test prep.  Promoted as a first step of digital learning, KWT teaches children the skills they will need to type fluently, learn computer functions, format text and discover how to interact in many online environments. 

The 4th benefit of becoming efficient at typing is SCHOOL READINESS

  • Schools nowadays provide students with laptops, iPads, Chromebooks, etc. beginning as early as kindergarten. By the time they get into middle school, they will likely have their own laptop that they have to use for notetaking, test-taking, and report writing.
  • Therefore, the earlier we can introduce and familiarize students to typing, the more ready, comfortable, and confident they will be when they have to begin using computers in school!

Contact Marie at 704-372-9652 ext. 216 to develop a customized plan for your student. 

Read more about Child and Family Development KWT services here

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Don't Take Our Word For It! Testing with an Educator is fun!!

Monday, Oct 23, 2017 by Child & Family Development

A community colleague shared a funny story about talking with her pupil after he had completed psychoeducational testing sessions with educator, Mo Froneberger and psychologist, Brandyn Street.

She shares: “A kid that I am tutoring is being tested by Dr. Street and today worked with Mo.  He had fun both times, he said. l had said that today with Mo wouldn't be as much fun as Dr. Street and he said I was wrong!  Once again, thanks for getting it right!"  

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Learn to keyboard with educator, Marie Arrington: LESSEN FATIGUE

Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Follow us throughout October as Marie Arrington MAT, educational specialist shares the benefits of keyboarding. 

She is certified in Keyboarding Without Tears (KWT) from Learning Without Tears™.  Keyboarding Without Tears (KWT) from Learning Without Tears® is a web-based curriculum for grades K–5 that teaches typing, general computer readiness, digital citizenship and online test prep.  Promoted as a first step of digital learning, KWT teaches children the skills they will need to type fluently, learn computer functions, format text and discover how to interact in many online environments. 

The 3rd benefit of becoming efficient at typing is LESSEN FATIGUE

  • As I’ve already discussed, typing can significantly cut down the amount of time a student spends on written work.
  • Therefore, that also correlates with their level of fatigue. By decreasing a child’s level of fatigue when completing assignments, you are also decreasing their level of frustration and even more importantly, increasing their confidence within themselves. Think about how much easier your afternoons could be! 

Contact Marie at 704-372-9652 ext. 216 to develop a customized plan for your student. 

Read more about Child and Family Development KWT services here

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Learn to keyboard with educator, Marie Arrington: ACCURACY

Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Follow us throughout October as Marie Arrington MAT, educational specialist shares the benefits of keyboarding. 

She is certified in Keyboarding Without Tears (KWT) from Learning Without Tears™.  Keyboarding Without Tears (KWT) from Learning Without Tears® is a web-based curriculum for grades K–5 that teaches typing, general computer readiness, digital citizenship and online test prep.  Promoted as a first step of digital learning, KWT teaches children the skills they will need to type fluently, learn computer functions, format text and discover how to interact in many online environments. 

The 2nd benefit of becoming efficient at typing is ACCURACY

  • For a student who struggles with spelling, punctuation, capitalization, etc., keyboarding is so helpful because it catches your mistakes for you. If a word is misspelled, it underlines it. If a sentence is incomplete, it underlines that.
  • In addition, it also autocorrects a lot of simple mistakes that can be made (i.e., forgetting to capitalize the beginning of a sentence or a day of the week). So, go ahead and use that Spell Check because it is such a helpful resource that you just don’t have when writing with pencil and paper!

Contact Marie at 704-372-9652 ext. 216 to develop a customized plan for your student. 

Read more about Child and Family Development KWT services here

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Learn to keyboard with educator, Marie Arrington: SAVE TIME

Tuesday, Oct 3, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Follow us throughout October as Marie Arrington MAT, educational specialist shares the benefits of keyboarding. 

She is certified in Keyboarding Without Tears (KWT) from Learning Without Tears™.  Keyboarding Without Tears (KWT) from Learning Without Tears® is a web-based curriculum for grades K–5 that teaches typing, general computer readiness, digital citizenship and online test prep.  Promoted as a first step of digital learning, KWT teaches children the skills they will need to type fluently, learn computer functions, format text and discover how to interact in many online environments. 

The 1st benefit of becoming efficient at typing is SAVING TIME

  • Although it take time to learn and become efficient at typing, once your child has mastered this skill, they will drastically cut down the amount of time they spend completing homework assignments.
  • A good expectation of how many words per minute (WPM) your child should be able to type is to multiply their grade level by 5 (i.e., 6th grade student x 5 WPM = 30 WPM). One study found that a 6th grade student composing text averages 9 WPM and 15 WPM when copying text.

Contact Marie at 704-372-9652 ext. 216 to develop a customized plan for your student. 

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Technology Tuesday: Top 5 must-have Executive Functioning Apps

Tuesday, Sep 26, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Follow us throughout September as Marie Arrington MAT, educational specialist, highlights how technology can help students from preschool to college.

Top 5 Must-Have Executive Functioning Apps

1. MyHomework – This app is great for those students who don’t like or simply refuse to use their school’s planner. The program is easy to navigate and contains additional features that make it easy for high school students to manage having a block class schedule. Keeping track of assignments has never been better! https://myhomeworkapp.com/

2. InClass – inClass will help you keep track of all your courses. Not only that, but it will help you keep track of your tasks by reminding you that one is due soon, that way you have no excuse to not do your homework. On top of everything inClass will help you take notes way more efficiently than ever before. Video notes, audio notes, photo notes! You name it! Just take out your iPhone or iPod Touch and start taking notes. inClass will even know which class you are in! http://www.inclassapp.com/

3. Nudge – Nudge is a simple, focused reminder app that lives somewhere in the space between the built-in Clock and Calendar apps. It’s perfect for when you just need a quick pop-up reminding you to complete a quick task. http://download.cnet.com/Nudge-Reminders/3000-2124_4-75314889.html  

4. 30/30 – Such a helpful task manager! You set up a list of tasks, and a length of time for each of them. When you start the timer, it will tell you when to move on to the next task. http://3030.binaryhammer.com/

5. unGlue – This service allows parents to set time limits on any electronic device (phones, computers, tablets, smart TVs, and any other internet-connected device). What’s unique about this service is that it allows the child more freedom to choose when they want to use their entertainment apps (i.e., Snapchat, Instagram, mobile games, etc.). The parent sets the time limit and a child can choose when they want to use that time, still allowing your child to have access to the internet to do homework, listen to music, etc. There are a lot of other cool features that go along with this app so definitely go check it out! https://www.unglue.com/  

Contact Marie at 704-541-9080 ext. 216 to develop a customized plan for your student.

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Backpack Checklists help keep students organized

Monday, Sep 25, 2017 by Child & Family Development

Understood.org has a mission to help the millions of parents whose children, ages 3–20, are struggling with learning and attention issues. We want to empower them to understand their children’s issues and relate to their experiences. With this knowledge, parents can make effective choices that propel their children from simply coping to truly thriving. 

The multidisciplinary team at Child and Family Development regularly recommends this website and it's wonderful articles, resources and tools. 

Recently, Marie Arrington MAT NBCT, educational specialist at the Pineville office, noticed an article about organizing backpacks. Our educators help students from preschool- college with executive functioning skills that support academic success.  She like the tools this one offered. 

In particular, Marie likes this simple and kid-friendly backpack checklist item. It is easy to modify and customize to match your child’s specific needs.  She expands on the idea by suggesting that younger kids is to use pictures of the materials they need, rather than or in addition to words. They can then check off each picture once they have it in their bag. Either way, it is such an easy, helpful tool that helps keep your child organized!

She advises using low-tech tools (along with apps and programs when appropriate) to help kids stay organized. Explore tips like defining what a "messy room" is—and what a "neat room" looks like. And consider downloading our checklists and planners that can help make day-to-day routines easier for both parent and child. 

The backpack checklist tag is partially pictured above and is also available on their website here.  

Be sure to join our 9/28/17 workshop about executive function, Parent Boot Camp For School Year Success.  More ideas will be shared at the event. Learn more about the workshop here.  

Learn more about educational assessment and tutoring services here

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