Category Archives: School Success

The End is Near But Not Yet Here: How to Finish the School Year Strong

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Springtime is like no other time of year.  The warm weather and seemingly longer days beckon us outdoors  and the temptation to slack off on school work may be overwhelming with the end of the school year finally in sight.  If you detect a bit of this particular strain of spring fever in your student  keep in mind that, for them, finishing the school year strong is vital.

A strong finish will make them a better student overall as well as instill the important life lesson that achieving goals  brings a special kind of  satisfaction.

Here are a few suggestions that you can do to alleviate spring fever and help students stay encouraged and energized through the end of the school year.

  1. Continue to help them stay organized.
  2. Support healthy eating and sleeping habits to maintain their energy and stamina.  
  3. Encourage them to stay engaged with school work as well as school activities in a balanced way. 
  4.  Tell them how proud you are of them for all the hard work they did to get to this point. 
  5. Reinforce the importance of not quitting before the job is finished – as it may lead to regrets later.   

Keep your motivational intentions cheerful but consistent. Your goal is to help your student keep their school performance on par with the work they did during the rest of the year. Remember, a well deserved summer break is just around the corner.  Help your student stay focused and engaged and soon you both can  look back with a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction!

 

Dyslexie Font: Developed For Those With Dyslexia

downloadDyslexia Font is a print and electronic font designed to be easily read by those with dyslexia. The theory behind Dyslexie Font is that when text characters are distinctive it’s unlikely that they will be confusing to read. According to Dyslexiefont.com, “traditional fonts are designed solely from an aesthetic point of view which means they often have characteristics that make characters difficult to recognize for people with dyslexia.”

Dyslexia Font was developed by Christian Boer while he was a student in Amsterdam. It has won many honors including the 2010 Smart Future Minds award in Amsterdam. Boer, who suffers from dyslexia, was looking for a type that would make reading easier. He discovered that spacing characters further apart, creating a heavier base line for characters and making the openings of letters like c,u, and s more pronounced had a dramatic effect. Other aspects of Dyslexia Font include a slight right slant, different heights for smaller letters, and varying the length of sticks and tails in letters such as b, p and q. Additionally, Boer’s research found that text colored blue is easier for dyslexics to read and that the ratio of white space verses printed text has a profound effect as well.

Dyslexie Font is available as an App or an extension for Google Chrome. It’s invaluable for browsing the web, reading / writing email or creating Google Docs. Dyslexie Font is just as easy to turn off – just click the icon and text reverts back to the original.  For more information or to download a free version of the software visit  Dyslexie Font Website

Tips for Parenting Children Living with ADHD

adhdA recent article from the NAMI Website, Parenting Children Living with ADHD: Tips for Parents, offers ways to deal with some of the challenges kids with ADHD have from experiencing difficulty with peer relationships to not listening or following through with instructions. A summary of the article’s recommendations for supporting children living with ADHD follows.

 

  • Maintain a positive attitude. Focus on your child’s successes and victories in overcoming ADHD and less on the challenges or obstacles of the condition.

 

  • Create and maintain structure. Children living with ADHD are more likely to succeed when they have a regular schedule of tasks each day.

 

  • Communicate rules and expectations. Children living with ADHD do well with clear and simple rules and expectations that they can easily understand and follow. Write down any rules and expectations and post them in a place where your child can easily read them. Explain the consequences when rules are broken and praise your child when they are obeyed.

 

  • Encourage movement and sleep. Children who live with ADHD have energy to burn. Organized sports and other physical activities can help them increase their self-esteem and unleash their energy in healthy and productive ways.

 

  • Focus on social skills. Children living with ADHD often have difficulty with peer relationships and making friends. They may have trouble with reading social cues, talking too much, interrupting frequently or coming off as inappropriately aggressive. Model social skills for your child, hire a life coach or work with your child’s therapist to address this important issue.

 

  • Work with your child’s school. Openly communicate with your child’s teacher and other school personnel about their observations of your child in the classroom and your child’s behavior at home.

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