Entries by Dr. Greg Stasi

Set-Up a Routine for Homework Happiness

      Children with attentional problems or issues with executive functioning often have difficulties with homework completion. Several issues associated with executive functioning lead to concerns with the ability to complete daily work including the following: Initiation on work Organization concerns Time management Difficulty transitioning When is the best time for my child to […]

Ensure Extra-Curricular Success for Children with Special Needs

Often parents of children with special needs are worried and fearful about the ability of their child to succeed in extra-curricular activities such as sports, boy scouts, dance, art class, etc. Parents often fear the worst and are afraid of how the child will behave or act in such circumstances.  I would recommend that parents […]

The Basics About Down Syndrome

      Down syndrome is thought to be the most common genetic causes of cognitive impairment.  This condition has been found to occur in approximately 1 in 800 live births.  Down syndrome results from an extra copy of chromosome 21. Children with Down syndrome often exhibit issues with their learning and processing of information.  Specific […]

Working With Parents Regarding Behaviors at Home

One of the major stressors that parents have to deal with on a daily basis is negative behaviors.  Negative behaviors can take the form of  non-compliance, physical aggression, and/or verbal aggression.  Behavioral management focuses on increasing on-task behaviors (e.g. behaviors parents want the child to engage in) while extinguishing off-task behaviors (the negative behavior).   Below […]

Behavior In The Classroom

Many times children with behavioral concerns, attention issues, emotional concerns, or learning disorders will exhibit negative behaviors within the classroom setting.  Behaviors, by nature, are reasonable and driven by some factor.  The majority of the time, there is a purpose and a reason as to why a child engages in a negative behavior. What this […]

How Do I Know if My Child Has a Reading Disability?

Reading Disabilities are estimated to occur at a prevalence rate of 5-10%.  A disability, which is a more chronic struggle with reading without early identification and intervention, must be differentiated from the child who demonstrates a slower process in the normal developmental curve of reading development.  A disability will not resolve with repeated practice, extra […]

The Basics of a Math Disorder

Mathematics is much more than adding and subtracting.  In reality, there are several factors and components that compose a child’s mathematics achievement.  Children’s mathematics skills are found to develop in a hierarchical fashion. Stages of mathematics development: The first stage of mathematics development is observed in young children and consists of skills such as understanding […]