Homework Tips for Kids with ADHD

Homework requires disciplined attention and executive skills, which are often areas of weakness for children with ADHD. Because of this, homework battles often ensue. The best way to conquer homework and minimize battles is to establish consistent routines that become habits over time. It is critical to stick to the program with solid commitment. It...
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Homework Tips for Kids with ADHD

Homework requires disciplined attention and executive skills, which are often areas of weakness for children with ADHD. Because of this, homework battles often ensue. The best way to conquer homework and minimize battles is to establish consistent routines that become habits over time. It is critical to stick to the program with solid commitment. It...
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Dyslexia: When Early Identification and Intervention are Critical

A consensus among child development specialists is that early identification of children with developmental and learning challenges is critical. Early intervention takes advantage of what is often referred to as brain plasticity or neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to change and reorganize itself based on experience. Neuroplasticity seems to be especially dramatic at a...
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What Is Neurofeedback?

For decades we have known that it was possible to change physiological function through biofeedback. Biofeedback involves measuring an aspect of physiological function (e.g. finger temperature), and presenting that information to the individual as a basis for training in improved physiological self-regulation. Now, it is possible to train the brain directly, rather than using peripheral...
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Executive Functioning

In this article on Executive Functioning, Dr. Granetz defines executive functioning and discusses red flags that may help to determine if your child is struggling in this area. Several recommendations are highlighted that have been shown to be useful in supporting children with executive dysfunction. What is Executive Functioning? Executive functioning is a term you...
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Pesticide Exposure and ADHD

It is well established that exposure to organophosphates, the basis for many insecticides and herbicides, is associated with adverse effects on the neurodevelopment of populations with high levels of exposure. For instance, exposure to organophosphates has been linked to cognitive and behavioral problems in farm workers and their families. It is believed that children are...
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Neurofeedback and Self Regulation

At Family Compass we see children with a wide array of presenting problems. Very commonly, the children we see can be described as having problems in "self regulation". Children who have problems in self regulation may have problems in emotional control (frequent tantrums at home and school). They may be inappropriately aggressive. They may be...
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Why is Working Memory Important?

Tracy Alloway, an authority on working memory from the UK, describes working memory as being a "post-it note". As we learn, we make mental scribbles of bits of information that we are trying to remember. As we think about complex problems we also use working memory. It is similar to RAM (random access memory) in...
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Enhancing Your Child’s Learning Through Cogmed Training

In our newsletter we have often emphasized the importance of children learning to manage their feelings and to strengthen their emotional intelligence. This set of skills makes up what is referred to as EQ (Emotional Quotient). Research has repeatedly confirmed that EQ is not only vital to personal development but may actually be a more...
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Neurofeedback Is Not Just For Children

Neurofeedback is an intervention based on coding the electrical activity of the brain and visually feeding back information about the brain's electrical functioning via simple video games and movies played back to the individual in real time on a screen in the therapy office. Though the person might not aware of it, this feedback information...
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