Navigating Your Kids

Experiences and perspective on the School Years

September 21, 2014
by Frances
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Getting the Help Your Child Needs: 504 Plan

  You have noticed that each academic year has become progressively more difficult for your child. After seeking consultation and evaluation for your child, you learn that your child has ADHD and a learning disorder.  You have interacted with your … Continue reading

August 16, 2014
by Frances
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The Struggling Student….What Next?: Part 2

  You receive a call from the school regarding your child’s academic performance in kindergarten.  Your observation has been that the child is intelligent, curious and creative–asking thoughtful questions, listening to storybooks you read, and enjoying imaginative play with Legos, … Continue reading

August 2, 2014
by Frances
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The Struggling Student…. What Next?: Part 1

You may recently have found yourself as a parent of a struggling student and may be dealing with a short-term, minor problem or a major disability.  Time, observation, and intervention will tell the story–some teachers and school administrators will be … Continue reading

July 16, 2014
by Frances
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Special Needs Students: They teach the lesson….don’t miss it

As a young physician, fresh out of residency and before becoming a parent, I found myself in the situation of having to have a difficult conversation with the mother of a most severely handicapped child.  The discussion involved introducing the … Continue reading

April 20, 2014
by Frances
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The Honeymoon: Elementary School—Part 3–When Should I be Concerned?

If you observe that a child is struggling, elementary school is the time to find out why.  Pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease do not let the struggle be characterized as just an “inability to focus and sit still”–we all know where that is headed– … Continue reading