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My Child Needs a Cognitive Test

  Many parents may have questions about cognitive tests, whether for admissions into a private school or to determine eligibility for special education services. Below are answers to common questions that parents may ask.     What Does The Test Measure? Cognitive Tests, also known as Intelligence Tests, typically measures the way an individual learns. The test examines concepts such as memory, reasoning…

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Quarantine Summer Doesn’t have to be a Bummer

School is out and its finally summer! However, the excitement is cut short when you remember that all the fun things you and your family enjoy over the summer are no longer open… Amusement parks are closed. The community swimming pools are closed. Camps are closed. Is it even safe to fly with children for…

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Helping Sensory Avoidant Children Wear Masks During COVID-19

“The mask is too tight”, “I can’t breathe”, “Its itchy”, “why can’t I just take it off” …May all be complaints that a parent has heard their child say. Your child’s discomfort may have grown to the point where they simply snatch off the mask and refuse to put it back on. Sensory processing issues…

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Building Parent Self-efficacy & Finding Purpose in IEP Meetings  

  What just happened?   What did I just sign?   Did I ask the right questions?   Did my child receive the appropriate label and services?   These are questions that parents may ask themselves when leaving an Individual Education Plan (IEP) meeting. Parents often feel confused and overwhelmed by IEP meetings. The first step in building confidence…

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How to advocate for your child at an IEP meeting…  

  As psychologists, we have sat in numerous IEP meetings with a team of professionals and parents to discuss a student’s academic progress. The meetings vary in duration, topics, and outcomes but one thing that is consistent is the parent’s passion to get the best supports for their child. As the passion is always present, the…

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Communicating with your children to increase compliant behaviors 

    Have you ever asked your child to do something and they did not respond? You probably asked in a calm and very rational way, yet instead of action, they stood there with a blank expression on their face, or maybe they completely ignored you and continued playing their favorite video game. You think to yourself, maybe they did not hear me, so you…

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Work, Life, Balance: Coping as a Parent during COVID-19

  During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all had to reorganize our schedules and figure out how to grapple with life inside the house 24/7. Some parents have not only had to work from home but take on roles such as teacher, chef, counselor, child-care provider, and now that summer is here, parents will soon take on the role of camp counselor. So…

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How to Talk to Your Children About Race and Oppression.

  Turn on your television or view the latest live feed on your phone and you will see mass media coverage of protests occurring all over the world. The protests are a result of the long history of racism that is still present today. During this racially charged climate, parents are tasked with talking to…

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When It’s Appropriate to Seek Behavioral Health Services

Developmental Psychology is devoted to studying and understanding children’s psychological growth and the many behavioral changes as a natural part of growth. While it is considered developmentally appropriate for a 3-year-old to throw a tantrum because she does not want to leave the park, we likely would not say the same for a 10-year-old.  That’s…

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