Thursday, March 24, 2016

How can I tell if my child has a learning disability?

Sometimes what you worry may be a learning disability is just a temporary setback that your child will outgrow. But it's best not to wait and see. You'll be doing your child a favor if you trust your instincts and you don’t ignore the concerns you have now. Early intervention can make a big difference in your child's future.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Doctor Said He Was “Sorry” My Adorable Identical Twins Had Down Syndrome, But I Wouldn’t Trade Them for Anything

School: The tiny twins are starting at a mainstream school
Every child is special, and Jodi and Matt Parry know that even better than most parents. They are mum and dad to identical twin girls, Abigail and Isobel, who also have Down’s syndrome – the chances of which are two MILLION to one.

What are the 21st-century skills every student needs?

A young girl looks at school stationery in a supermarket in Nice August 23, 2012. The new school year will start on September 4 in France.
The gap between the skills people learn and the skills people need is becoming more obvious, as traditional learning falls short of equipping students with the knowledge they need to thrive, according to the World Economic Forum report New Vision for Education: Fostering Social and Emotional Learning Through Technology.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Does That Tic Mean Trouble?

Throat-clearing, twirling, eye-blinking -- an odd childhood tic is often just a passing phase. Here's how to know whether your child's habit is a sign of something serious.

When Amy Rea's son, Michael, was 10 years old, he started making a funny little sound in the back of his throat. The Eden Prairie, MN, mom chalked the sound up to a sore throat or the common cold, but it persisted for several weeks, and Michael claimed he felt fine. Then Amy learned that one of Michael's classmates had asked to be moved to another desk on the other side of the classroom because the throat-clearing was disrupting his concentration. Another classmate commented that Michael sounded like her cat. Amy started pointing out the noise to Michael whenever he made it at home, and asking him to stop, but focusing on the habit only seemed to make it worse. That's when she decided it was time to take her son to the doctor.