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
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”?
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 of next year's kindergarteners talk proudly about where their children will go to school, families with preschoolers 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 … Continue reading Educational Consulting / School Help for Kids with Special Needs
On a regular basis I meet families whose kids seem to have trouble paying attention and connecting with other kids. So often the problem is undiagnosed auditory processing disorder. I often refer families to a superb audiologist who specializes in diagnosing and treating learning disorders like this one. Thanks to the Times for today featuring auditory … Continue reading Times Covers Auditory Processing Disorder
As many parents of next year's kindergarteners talk proudly about where their children will go to school, families with preschoolers 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 … Continue reading Kindergarten Help for Preschoolers with Special Needs
Thanks to Sonya Sobiesky of Psychology Today for quoting me in her insightful article on preschool aptitude and ERB (WPPSI) testing, Baby Steps to Harvard. Sobiesky writes: But how accurate is IQ testing for toddlers? The commonly used Wechsler Intelligence Scale evaluates verbal ability based on vocabulary size and clarity of speech. “If a speech therapist can help … Continue reading Psychology Today Discusses ERB (WPPSI) Testing