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The Honeymoon is Over: Help Your Child Get Back On Track in School

It’s the first week in October. We’re ankle-deep into the school year. The new backpacks, so carefully selected in August, already have a fine patina of crud and some crumpled worksheets or permission slips in more than one compartment. The bright eyed optimism of the back-to-school transition begins to morph to a bleary resignation of another tough day of school ahead.

Let’s face it. In October, it gets real — for students and for parents.

Why Freshman Year Was a Strikeout: Poor Executive Function Skills

In my first year of college I attended a small, private school in southern New Hampshire. My 18-year-old self was thrilled at the prospect of starting this new adventure. This would be my first experience living away from home, fending for myself, and being completely self-reliant. I could not have been more excited! And, as it turns out, I could not have been more ill-prepared...

Why College Students Struggle (Even if High School Was a Breeze)

Millions of college students are on summer break: scooping ice cream to earn a few bucks, sweating out a coveted internship, or just catching up with hometown buddies. And many, many of these students are also having some tough conversations with their parents about their grades.

“How can it be,” parents say, “that you were an honor roll student in high school yet you are barely scraping by at college?”  Could college be all that different from high school?

Psychological Testing for Your Child: Who Benefits and Why?

It’s not easy having a child who struggles in school. Finding help for your child can be difficult, especially when you aren’t sure what is available in school or exactly what type of help is needed. In Part One of this series, the special education* process was introduced, including who can make a referral (parents, school staff, outside service providers, administrators), what types of difficulties can be assessed (academic, behavioral, social-emotional, adaptive functioning, fine or gross motor, speech and language) legal timelines, and who the members of the IEP Team might be (teachers who work with the child, parents/guardians, administrators, psychologist, counselor, and maybe even related service providers such as occupational or physical therapists, speech-language pathologists).

In part 2, the focus is on what may be the most misunderstood part of the assessment process: the psychological assessment.