Children’s Neuropsych Blog

Embracing Our Children’s Strengths and Weaknesses

When all of its complexity is stripped away, facilitating success and confidence is at the core of a good child neuropsychological evaluation. I say this because the evaluation process is meant to embrace and celebrate your child’s strengths, taking care to identify tools and settings that will build upon them. Now I’m sure you’ve seen […]

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Beyond the Three “Rs”: Why Executive Functions Help Kids Succeed

I recently attended a presentation at my children’s school and was interested to learn that they planned to incorporate executive functioning skills instruction into the curriculum beginning in the early grades. The idea behind this is to provide instruction in effective “learning to learn” strategies early so that they are habits by the time they’re […]

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The Downside of Cramming

What’s the best way to approach learning? How can we teach our kids more effective study strategies? I imagine that we can all recall times when we have “crammed” for a final exam. For some, that strategy may be effective in the short term – perhaps yielding a good grade on that particular test. However, […]

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Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)

Concussions have been receiving a great deal of attention in the Boston media recently, which has raised awareness of the potential long-term consequences of experiencing multiple blows to the head.  Concussions are common, particularly in children who play contact sports.  Many of us have experienced a concussion ourselves or know someone who has.  In fact, […]

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The IEP Eligibility Evaluation

My last blog focused on defining and providing more information about an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The purpose of the next few blogs will be to provide a little more information about determining eligibility for an IEP. This blog will take a closer look at the evaluation process that the school district undergoes prior to […]

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Why My Daughter’s Pencil Grip Led Us to Neuropsychological Testing

I’ll never forget my daughter’s first grade parent-teacher conference.  “I’m considering recommending that she repeat first grade,” the teacher said, after updating me on my daughter’s progress. Her reasoning: my daughter Clara (not her real name) seemed fine socially, enjoyed reading, writing and drawing, but had trouble holding a pencil and struggled slightly with basic […]

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The Importance of Sleep

There’s nothing like a toddler throwing a tantrum after missing her afternoon nap that underscores the importance of sleep – especially when it occurs in the Boston Commons on a beautiful spring day.  It’s not just two year olds that need adequate sleep however as research continues to demonstrate that sleep is an important factor of success for children, adolescents and […]

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Thinking Positive

One branch of psychology that has gained attention in recent years is the study of Positive Psychology. Positive Psychology, made popular by Martin Seligman during his term as the American Psychological Association president in 1998, focuses on mental healthiness as opposed to mental illness. In other words, psychologists and researchers seek to better understand what […]

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