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Oct 31 | Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Everyone who has children or who has worked with children is aware of the "terrible two's." The majority of the children will grow from the "no" stage to become inquiring, comfortable children. But a few children don't reach that goal. Instead these children develop a pattern  of chronic aggression filled with open hostility, and defiant toward authority figures. When this behavior develops into a behavior trait that interferes with day-to-day functioning, they may be classified as having oppositional defiant disorder (ODD).

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Oct 29 | Three Things Juniors Should Be Doing NOW

Excerpts in the following article are from Three Things Juniors Should Be Doing NOW July 22,2011 by Lynn O?Shaughnessy. Ms. O?Shaughnessy is a financial journalist and the author of The College Solution ? a must read for all parents planning college for their children.

In this article, Ms. O?Shaughnessy is addressing both the parents and the high school junior. Too often both of these parties feel no need to hurry in preparations for college while the student is still a junior. Thought college planning could wait until the senior year? Ms. O?Shaughnessy proposes an outstanding ?No? to that questions. She infers, and rightly so, that preparation for college should begin as early as possible. Although the subject of degree may not be chosen, preparing for the more intimidating aspects of testing and funds should begin early. She gives 5 principal areas for the junior to accomplish.

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Sep 15 | Facebook in the Classroom and the Home

Using Facebook in the classroom seems to be a preposterous idea to some. However, if careful consideration is given to the means of communication that Facebook can offer, one will find that the "good" far out weighs all of the "bad" connotations for Facebook in the classroom/home.

To use Facebook effectively and professionally in the classroom, the educator/parent will need to set certain procedures.

1. A separate account just for the classroom or a separate account for the child at home should be in place. This keeps your Facebook for students at school on a professional level or your Facebook for your child at home on an educational level.
2. Definitely manage privacy settings. Your Facebook page will lead you through the steps needed.
3. Mentor students carefully. As an educator, the utmost care must be given to a professional attitude. Only school related materials may be posted on this Facebook page. Keep a professional distance on Facebook just as you would in the classroom. On the Facebook page, the teacher is not a friend but is a mentor. Parents must remember that this page belongs to the student and respect the student's input and sharing
4. Place students and your child on limited access to their pages. This allows only the information that you are sending and receiving.

Okay! Now that all of the preliminary work has been done, how is the Facebook going to help? Facebook resources are growing everyday at an amazing rate. Therefore, exploring resources is going to be the first step in applying Facebook to education at school and at home.

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Sep 09 | Who Is The Gifted Learner?

Who is the gifted learner? Often the I.Q. score is used as the projection to measure I.Q. If this is the sole judgment of I.Q, then one may consult the Stanford-Binet Form LM , the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, or the Silverman & Kearney tests. Each of these three tests defines an I.Q. of 140 as the nominal IQ for a gifted child. Estimated statistical occurrence of the children in this range is one or two children per a million children. Highly and profoundly gifted children may be defined as those who score above the third or fourth standard deviation on IQ test, or who are prodigies in a particular domain. (Webb, Meckstroth, & Tolan)

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Jul 19 | Geisel Who?

I am Sam.

Sam I am.

That Sam-I-am!

That Sam-I-am!

I do not like that Sam-I am.

The six short lines above were written by one of the most outstanding children's writers of our time - Dr. Seuss. To see just a few of his printed words leaves the reader wanting to read more. The creative rhyme, colorful pictures, and the simplicity of the words catch the imagination and hold the reader spell-bound anxious to hear the antics of Dr. Seuss. But how did Dr. Seuss come to be?

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One Twin + One Twin = Autism

The NEW YORK TIMES published the report of the "California Autism Twins Study" on July 8, 2011. This study was headed by Dr. Joachim Hallmayer, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at Stanford University. The study involved 192 pairs of mono-zygotic and dizyotic twins. One twin in each pair had the classic form of autism (withdrawal, communication problems and repetitive behaviors.) In many cases, the other twin also had classic autism or a milder"autism spectrum" disorder like Asperger's syndrome. Because identical twins share 100% of their genes and fraternal twins share 50% of their genes, the researchers were able to measure the importance of genes versus shared environment. The study by Dr, Joachim Hallmayer found that autism or autism spectrum disorders occurred in both children: 77% of the male identical twins and 50% in the female identical twins. These figures were expected as that is the general rate of occurrence. However, the rates among the fraternal twins were lower: 31% of males and 36% of females.

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Feb 15 | The Autism Answer Book By William Stillman

The Autism Answer Book is a great reference book that includes more than 300 of the Top Questions Parents Ask. Areas to review when reading this book are:

  • What is Autism?
  • Getting a Diagnosis
  • School Success
  • Treatment Options
  • Fair Discipline
  • Social Connections
  • Communication Differences
  • Valuing Passions
  • Sensory Sensitivities

Pay special attention to Chapter 11, School Success. Here you will drill down and address topics that should be addressed in the IEP (Individual Education Plan) meeting.

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In 1999, Jan Van Blarcum, Ph.D. founded Creative Tutors. As an educator, Dr. Van Blarcum understood the importance of personalized attention in a child?s educational growth. Her passion for learning grew into a business endeavor that provides customized, one-on-one, in-home tutoring to children with a variety of learning needs. Every child receives personalized attention from certified/degreed educators.