Tips to Help Your Child with Word Retrieval

Helping your child with word retrieval

Parents may notice that their child may take longer to respond, may have difficulty picking the right word or may use filler words like “um” or “uh” more often than expected. All of these are signs of word finding difficulties, or trouble retrieving a desired word. These children are not having difficulties with vocabulary, they know the words, they simply can’t always access them in a desired moment. Difficulties with word finding or word retrieval is commonly associated with ADHD, reading disorders, and specific language disorders. If left untreated, word finding difficulties can impact a child’s success in school, notably in both oral and written communication. Read more

Relaxation Strategies for Children

relaxation strategies for childrenHow do we teach our children to relax and self-soothe in a society that is inundated with constant stimuli? How do we re-frame the evil term “boredom” into an opportunity to make peace with our inner thoughts and feelings and calm our body? Often times, even adults, need prompting to relax and take a load off. Read more

Signs of a Sensory Issue and Who Can Help

Everyone (children and adults both) have sensory issues and concerns.  As adults, we often learn to avoid noxious sensory inputs that we signs of a sensory issuefind to be bothersome.  Oftentimes, children are unable to avoid the sensory concerns that they find to be bothersome.  These sensory concerns can at times have a significant impact on a child’s social, emotional, and academic functioning.  Parents and educators are often unsure of when to actually seek help or what help to seek.

Questions to think about your child’s ability to deal with sensory input include the following:

  1. Does he have trouble with bright lights?  (has to have sun glasses at all times outside)
  2. Does he hate being touched?  (avoids hugs and contact from others)
  3. Does she seek out constant contact from others? (always wants to be hugged)
  4. Does he talk too loudly or too softly?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, it may prove beneficial to have your child evaluated.  Pediatric Occupational Therapists are often well trained in the assessment and intervention of sensory concerns.  They can  often work with the child to develop tolerance to the avoidant stimuli while also providing accommodations within his or her environment that help the child.
It is important to always keep in mind that there may be other medical or psychological concerns evident.  If you suspect that there may be something in addition to sensory concerns, have a consultation with the occupational therapist in order to determine if additional assessments or interventions are needed. Read more

Learning Disabilities Demystified

Learning concerns are one of the most common neurological issues with which children and adolescents present.  It has been estimated learning disabilities demystifiedthat approximately six percent of the general population meet the clinical criteria for a diagnosis of a learning disability.  The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fifth Edition (American Psychiatric Association, 2013), which is the guide book for psychologists and psychiatrists that provides information regarding diagnostic information, indicates that there are several essential features of specific learning disabilities in children.

5 Features of Learning Disabilities in Children:

  1. Persistent difficulties learning basic foundational academic skills with onset during the early elementary years.  The manual indicates that these foundation academic skills include: reading of single words accurately and fluently, reading comprehension, written expression and spelling, arithmetic computation, and mathematical reasoning. Read more

ADHD and Picky Eating

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a very common diagnosis seen in a pediatric therapy clinic. It is not uncommon forADHD and picky eating parents to report difficulty with their child with ADHD and picky eating. The most common complaints for parents of children with ADHD who have trouble with mealtimes are distracted eaters, decreased appetites, and picky eaters.

Distracted Eaters

Distracted eaters are attending to external stimuli (e.g., TV, other conversations) or internal stimuli (e.g. lost in own thoughts) during mealtimes. Here are some strategies to help:
  • Decrease the external distractions: Eliminate other distractions like the TV or videogames playing in the background, dogs running around, telephones buzzing, etc. Have your child face other family members and face away from the busy kitchen area to Read more

Are You a Parent with ADHD?

How many times have you caught yourself going from starting dinner, to doing laundry and helping with homework,Are you a parent with ADHD? to find that dinner is burned and the laundry is in a wet pile? This is one of the many scenarios a parent with ADHD may struggle with on a daily basis. Parenting is one of the toughest jobs out there, and parenting with ADHD can be even tougher. ADHD can present itself differently from childhood to adulthood. You may be a situation where you were diagnosed as a child and are learning to cope with the symptoms as an adult. OR, maybe you are an adult who was never diagnosed as a child (but should have been).  Red on to understand how ADHD symptoms may manifest in adults.

Do Any of These Scenarios Sound Familiar?

  • I often miss deadlines at work
  • I lose things easily
  • I have a hard time completing house work
  • I have trouble managing my bills
  • I get easily distracted and, at times, tune people out when they are talking to me
  • I start a few different projects (i.e. laundry, dishes, vacuuming) without finishing them
  • I tend to get bored easily
  • I procrastinate when needing to complete a task
  • I act impulsively sometimes (i.e. shopping, eating) without thinking of the consequences
  • I am quick to yell when I am frustrated
  • I am accident prone Read more

How ADHD Impacts Your Child’s Social Skills and Friendships

ADHD is a neurobiological disorder that can affect your child’s ability to regulate his behavior and observe, ADHD and social skillsunderstand, and respond to his or her social environment.

Does your child…

  • Often have problems getting along with other children (i.e. sharing, cooperating, keeping promises)?
  • Struggle to make and keep friends?
  • Tend to play with kids younger than him?
  • Become upset, aggressive, or frustrated easily when they lose a game or things don’t go their way?
  • Have difficulty following directions and rules? Read more

What to Expect After Neuropsychological Testing

The process of going through a neuropsychological evaluation can be tiring and time consuming.  This process is long-starting fromWhat to expect from neuropsychological testing concerns brought up by the teacher, sharing the information with the pediatrician, getting a referral, meeting with the neuropsychologist, having the child participate in the comprehensive evaluation, and meeting at the end for feedback.  This process may take weeks or months to fully complete.

It is important to understand that the neuropsychological evaluation is really the start of the process.

The focus of the evaluation is to provide information and diagnostic clarification about what is going on with a child’s behavior or learning.  Once the evaluation is completed, the entire process of help and change begins. Read more

What to Expect When you Suspect ADHD

 

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  • What is ADHD?
  • Executive Functioning and its Role in ADHD
  • ADHD in Young Children
  • ADHD in Elementary Age Children
  • ADHD in Junior High and High School
  • ADHD in College Students
  • Adults with ADHD
  • Treatment of ADHD
  • What is Behavior Therapy?
  • Is There Help for My Child in the School Setting?
  • Helpful Hints for Parents Helpful Hints for Teachers More Resources

This E-Book is a must for any parent, teacher or physician looking to find answers! Fill out the form to the right to download your free copy of the “What To Expect When You Suspect ADHD” E-Book.

 

 


What is a Pediatric Neuropsychologist?

Pediatric neuropsychologists are clinical psychologists who focus on completing comprehensive evaluations to ascertain the most appropriate diagnosis in order to lead to the most effective treatment outcome.  All neuropsychologists have their Ph.D. or Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology and also have several years of training with brain based behaviors, neurodevelopmental conditions, as well as effective interventions and accommodations.

The typical questions that parents will bring forth in a neuropsychology clinic are related to the child’s academic performance, behavioral regulation, social interaction, and/or emotional functioning.  It is the goal of the neuropsychologist to help identify what is causing the negative behavior and what would be an effective course of action.

Conditions and diagnoses that pediatric neuropsychologists often work with include the following:

  • Learning disabilities
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Mood Disorders

Often, it is found that a child may have multiple conditions.  One of the goals of the neuropsychologist is to help determine what the main condition(s) to address are and the most effective interventions.

The interventions that are determined by a pediatric neuropsychologist are often found in the following places: