Helping Your Child Have a Smooth Transition into Kindergarten

Starting Kindergarten is the beginning of an educational adventure. For some, it will be their first exposure to school. For others, it will initiate being in a whole new school environment. Transitions to new school experiences are opportunities for excitement and anticipation. They are also times children can feel worried, scared, and apprehensive. This article...
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Grades or Friends, What’s More Important: Why We Should Pay Attention to Social Competence

"The single best childhood predictor of adult adaptation is not school grades and not classroom behavior, but rather, the adequacy with which the child gets along with other children" (Hartup, W 1992). Social competence is a broad term that describes a child that usually gets along with others, expresses opinions and feelings respectfully, demonstrates a...
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Social Skills and Children with ADHD

Children with ADHD can experience varying degrees of social challenges that may interfere with friendship development and a positive sense of self. An impulsive child might grab toys, have difficulty waiting his/her turn, or overreact to peer conflict in ways that make classmates annoyed or uneasy. Difficulty paying attention can inhibit a child's ability to...
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