Stress and the LD Puzzle

Children today experience a considerable amount of stress. Their lives are full and fast-paced. Adults often have unrealistic expectations: performance is emphasized over process, and a lack of respect is shown for cooperative learning and alternative ways of demonstrating competence.… Read the rest

Is CBT Right For Your Child?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a treatment that focuses on changing unproductive thinking and the beliefs that underlie that thinking. For example, a child who is struggling academically may think, “I’m worthless” or “My effort never pays off.” Such thoughts… Read the rest

Nothing Helps! What Can I Do?

At Smart Kids, we appreciate that it’s a particularly poignant dilemma to be knowledgeable and yet so perplexed. As you said, you are aware that your son “doesn’t understand.” You recognize that he is not choosing to alienate others. However,… Read the rest

7-Point Plan to End Procrastination

Parents of children with LD often complain about their child’s endless procrastination, particularly when it comes to homework. Parents find themselves having to act as homework police: tension mounts, voices rise, and before they know it, they hear themselves accusing… Read the rest

The Damaging Myth of Normalcy

By the time I was in second grade I thought I was stupid and crazy. Why? Because that’s what I was taught. Those are not thoughts I would have come to on my own. Think about it. We all know… Read the rest