It may sound cliché, but in my professional experience it could not be more accurate: There is an enormous amount of academic pressure on children today. Many of the children and teenagers who seek my services are struggling with severe anxiety over the workload, pace and level of difficulty experienced in school. Some of these children have an extra challenge: trying to keep up with the hefty demands of school while also having a Learning Difference (LD).
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This blog is written by the clinicians at Jonah Green and Associates, a mental health practice based in Kensington, MD that provides quality services for children, teens, families, and adults. It is intended as a resource for families who are seeking to expand their knowledge about mental health and mental health services, and also as a resource for families who are seeking quality mental health services, especially in the mid-Atlantic region. Please feel free to post questions and comments on any of the entries as well as on any topics or articles from our companion web site www.childandfamilymentalhealth.com.
Please enjoy this very practical and informative post written by guest blogger Rebbeca Rubin, LCSW-C. Please see then end of the post for more information about Rebecca.
As graduation season approaches, many young adults feel excited to enter a new phase of life. For transitioning youth with disabilities and their families, this excitement is often coupled with trepidation and uncertainty. Many students have become accustomed to secure, structured school environments. Some have attended the same school program for several years, so they are used to the same services, supports, and staff.
Navigating the bureaucracy of a school system to find academic support for your child can be daunting. It is always a good first step to speak with your child’s classroom teacher (s). Teachers will be able to offer observations about your child’s abilities and performance, inform you of what might be occurring in the classroom that might interfere with your child’s school performance, and propose informal steps to improve learning and performance. If problems remain after such efforts, schools have formal procedures that you will need to know so that you can obtain the academic support that your child needs.
Studies show that children tend to do better in school when their parents and caretakers involve themselves in their formal education. Some of the benefits of parental involvement include: higher grades and test scores; long term academic achievement; increased motivation and self esteem; and more positive attitudes and behaviors.
Parents can take the following steps to further their children’s academic progress: [Read more…]
The Child and Family Mental Health blog is pleased to present a guest post from Dr. Gloria Vanderhorst, Ph. D., a psychologist in Silver Spring, MD, with over 30 years experience working with children with ADHD and learning disabilities and their families.
One of the common fears for parents is that a diagnosis of ADHD will be stigmatizing for their child. Sometimes an evaluation is put off because of this fear. In my work with clients who have ADHD, I have learned that knowing the diagnosis is the entry card to the mysterious world of the brain. Exploring how our brain works and understanding what goes on inside of this world will enable the child to take charge of his own functioning and facilitate progress in learning how to cope with this unique brain. [Read more…]