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When to Suspect Dyslexia

Dyslexia is the most common type of reading disorder, in which readers struggle with letter and word sounds, that impacts all areas of reading and sometimes writing. Individuals with dyslexia tend to be slow and effortful readers, struggle with pronouncing and recognizing words, have difficulty with spelling, and struggle with learning a foreign language. Approximately 1 in 5 people in the U.S. has dyslexia, though it can be tricky to identify and diagnose. Children learn [...]

By |2020-01-18T20:18:59+00:00January 18th, 2020|

Sibling Bullying

When we hear the word, “bullying,” most often we picture the schoolyard bully who picks on other students at recess or in the hallways. Often, we don’t think about siblings as bullies, or sibling scuffles may be written off as typical behavior or rivalry. In actuality, being bullied by a sibling can be just as impactful as peer bullying; when both are present, the effect on mental health is even more severe. New research has [...]

By |2019-12-26T17:57:37+00:00December 26th, 2019|

School Readiness & ADHD

Often, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is not identified until a child begins struggling in elementary school or later. In kids younger than elementary age, ADHD can be difficult to identify since the main symptoms of the disorder (inattention, hyperactivity, and/or impulsivity) are common in toddlers and preschoolers. While there may not seem to be an obvious difference between very young children with ADHD and without, there is a distinct difference in their school-readiness. In a study [...]

By |2019-12-06T14:37:02+00:00December 6th, 2019|

Seasonal Affective Disorder

As Daylight Savings Time has kicked in once again this year, now is an important time to discuss the phenomenon known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). With fewer hours of daylight and more time spent in darkness, combined with colder temperatures and less outdoor time, the human body and mind can be quite affected. This time of year is certainly an adjustment for all, but for some individuals, the fall and winter season can have [...]

By |2019-11-14T23:55:48+00:00November 14th, 2019|

Concussions

Concussions are mild traumatic brain injuries (TBI) that can occur from falls, accidents, impacts, or other types of activities that cause the brain to move rapidly back-and-forth within the skull. Though on the outside, the injury may not appear to be significant, the sudden and rapid movement of the brain can damage cells and chemical processes, as well as impact brain functioning. The effects of concussions can be mild or more severe, causing brief or [...]

By |2019-10-31T18:52:39+00:00October 31st, 2019|