Categorized as: Special Education

An Educational Consultant’s View on Admissions & Learning Disabilities

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This week, we interview Lori Day, an Educational Consultant in Newburyport, MA. Having worked in academia for her entire career, Lori is well-prepared to serve the needs of her clients. We chatted with her recently about her work with parents, students (with and without learning disabilities), and schools. Read more…

Reading Captain Underpants

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I used to hear a lot about Captain Underpants during lunch in the schools where I worked. You learn a lot about the lives of your students at lunch table duty! But I have not read Captain Underpants myself in years, so I stopped by the Concord Bookshop the other day and picked up a copy of the first book in the series and sat down and read it. Can I just say that I was laughing out loud? None of this ubiquitously hollow LOL stuff that peppers the internet. I mean, I was truly guffawing.  If I were in 3rd or 4th grade, especially if I were a boy, I would not be able to stop turning the pages. As a 47-year-old woman, I could not stop turning the pages! Read more…

Redshirting in the Age of Academic Kindergarten

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Every September, the incoming group of kindergarteners becomes ever so slightly older.  When I had my daughter almost twenty years ago, I remember a friend of mine exclaiming, “Oh, you’re so lucky, she’s birthday-blessed!” The term referred to her fall birth date, and the fact that she would automatically be one of the oldest students in her class. But in this high-octane world of parenting, we are seeing an increasing wave of academic “redshirt” decisions, especially for “Summer Birthday Boys,” in an effort to give them an academic, social, and athletic advantage by orchestrating their position among oldest and biggest in their grade. Read more… 

Listen to my radio interview on this topic here.

How Parents Can Disengage from the Homework Wars

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Welcome to the new school year! In millions of households across the country, there is no greater drama than the nightly struggle to get kids to do their homework. How many parents would love to have a magic wand that could abolish the homework wars forever?  There actually is such a wand, figuratively speaking, yet it derives its power not from magic, but from the hand that holds it. Read more…

Four-Part Podcast Series on Raising and Educating Children in Today’s Culture

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Many thanks to Wendy Grinberg of URJ (Union for Reform Judaism) for contacting me after reading my article “10 Ways to Raise Resilient Kids in Turbulent Times” in The Huffington Post and inviting me to be interviewed for a series of podcasts on modern day parenting. We discussed all sorts of issues pertaining to boys and girls of all ages. It was a very interesting thing to do and a lot of fun. Hope you enjoy it! Listen…