Are you worried about your preschooler? I have found that lots of parents are, quietly, especially if a child is their first. Parents seem especially worried about their preschool children who may not be keeping exact pace with peers or siblings. Parents may have a nagging feeling and not want to overlook something that could … Continue reading Is Your Preschool-Aged Child Developing Normally?
Thanks to Jessica Kelmon of GreatSchools for her excellent article, When should kids start kindergarten? Kelmon writes: Yet another part of the equation with today’s high-stakes testing is that we expect more of kindergartners. Unfortunately, they’re less prepared for success. "Kindergarten is much more academic than ever," says Emily Glickman, a Manhattan-based educational consultant. "Many people feel that kindergarten is … Continue reading More on When Should My Child Start Kindergarten
My colleague Toby Glick helps students who are underperforming (because or not because of a special need) do better in school. Toby just received this email today from a recent client (with identifying details removed): Dear Toby, Last Spring you met my son and recommended <prestigious special needs school>. I wanted to tell you that … Continue reading Parent Thanks Toby Glick for Helping Special Needs Child Find the Perfect School
We have just emailed out the April edition of our exclusive monthly newsletter, News about Schooling, Enrichment, and Parenting. It's not too late to get your free copy. Simply email info(at)abacusguide.com or click on newsletter sign up form. We'll send your copy right out. You'll learn about NYC (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Riverdale, Westchester) private school admission for kindergarten, … Continue reading Free, Expert Information on NYC Private School Admission
If you have, or work with, hyperlexic or other special needs children, you will be interested in Priscilla Gilman's new memoir, The Anti-Romantic Child. The book is about Gilman's experience shepherding her young hyperlexic son, Benj, through babyhood, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school. Gilman covers in great detail Benj's developmental delays, social skills deficits, experiences with pediatricians, … Continue reading Help for Hyperlexia (Thoughts on Gilman’s The Anti-Romantic Child)
This is a tough time of year for families whose preschoolers are developing at their own pace. Sometimes preschool directors and others suggest to parents that children were shut out of schools because they have special needs. In twelve years of tracking, I have come to believe that much diagnosis of four-year-olds is faulty and … Continue reading Shut Out Because Your Child May Have “Special Needs”?
At the student interview, private schools typically ask preschoolers applying to kindergarten and prekindergarten to draw pictures and write their names. Many parents, seeking to ensure that their children's fine motor skills make the cut, seek out books and tools that help develop handwriting and drawing skills. Here are some that we recommend to our … Continue reading Private School Kindergarten Interviews: Books and Crayons to Help Your Preschooler Develop His Fine Motor Skills (Handwriting)
Sarah Maslin Nir scooped a fascinating New York Times article today, Private Schools ‘Counsel Out’ the Unsuccessful. The first time this subject has been handled in print, the article details how kids with special needs--academic or emotional--are often counseled out of NYC private schools. This is a key point of which to be aware. Mainstream New … Continue reading NYC Private Schools: Counseled Out?
Is your child struggling with academic, social, or emotional issues? If so, you're struggling too. There is nothing like the peace and happiness of knowing that you've found the right professional or school to help your child be happier and more successful. That's why we're delighted to be partnered with Toby Glick of ParentConfidante. Toby … Continue reading Support for Your Child and For You this Season
As many parents talk proudly about their children's achievements, families with kids who have or may have special needs often wonder: what about MY child? How can I help him reach his maximum potential? Where can I find the best tutors, therapists, and schooling support? Consultant Toby Glick of ParentConfidante can help you. This is the time … Continue reading Educational Consultant / School Advisor for Kids with Special Needs