According to the CDC, ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood. Although often first diagnosed in childhood, it often lasts into adulthood. There are many characteristics which are often commonly associated with ADHD, such as attention difficulties, impulsivity, hyper-activity, etc. However, there are many times these behaviors could be attributed to something else and there are often other signs of ADHD which can be easily missed. We've put together a quick guide on what to look out for and what ADHD is, and isn't.
Curious about Parallel? Want to learn more about what we do and, most importantly, how we can help you and your child? At Parallel, we offer a free consultation as a first step in building a wonderful partnership with you and your family. This 15 minute consultation allows us to get to know you and your child and help us find the right match of providers and care plan for you. Below are 7 reasons to book this free consultation with us today!
In our last "Organizing for Success" blog, we tackled ways to set up your spaces to help ease your child's anxieties and conquer their day. Another way to organize for success in your home is by creating a predictable and positive homework experience. If your child has ever had homework anxiety or even a meltdown, you know how frustrating it can be for everyone. Below are 6 ways to design a homework routine and system that can help with this daily task.
There is no shortage of things to buy, do, and prepare for your child's return to school this fall. If you have a child who has learning differences, receives services, struggles with behavior or mental health, etc., you have even more to think about this school year. We've put together some important reminders to start this next school year off right!
ADD/ADHD is one of the most misunderstood neurodivergencies. Many people casually assign the label to anyone who demonstrates any of the wide range of indicators. Some people don't even believe it to be a real diagnosis, but rather a ploy by the pharmaceutical companies to tame energetic kids. In truth, it is very real and can greatly impact the daily lives of children and adults. As with our recent article focusing on dyslexia, we took to social media and asked parents, caregivers and teachers what they wish they had known early on in the process of seeking a diagnosis or receiving one.
Believe it or not, summer is just around the corner. With so much to think about and plan for the summer months, you may be wondering how to make the most of your child's summer break. One of the most beneficial things for your child or teen can be involvement in a specialized summer program which provides a jumpstart and proactive approach to preparing for the next school year. We've put together four reasons why summer programs can be a highly advantageous opportunity.
If you have a child who is demonstrating difficulties with reading, writing, and spelling, you are most likely curious about what resources and programs are best to help your child learn literacy skills. In talking with teachers, parents, and other professionals, you have probably heard of or will hear about Orton-Gillingham or "OG". So what is this program and why is it beneficial for your child to have a tutor who uses this instructional method? In this post, we break down the basics for you, discussing exactly what it is and why it is so helpful.
May is Mental Health Awareness month. This May, Parallel along with other organizations and companies across the nation, join together to bring awareness, support, and resources to the larger community surrounding mental health.
Juneteenth is a federal holiday celebrated in the United States which commemorates the end of slavery and celebrates African-American culture. In this blog we will give you a brief history of this important holiday as well as resources and ways to celebrate and honor this significant day with your family.
Millions of adults and children across the country have challenges with speech and language. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, 7.5 million people in the United States have difficulties using their voices. While some children might outgrow mild speech disorders, for many it may be necessary to seek the expertise of a speech therapist.
Check out these 10 fun and engaging ways to get your child learning this summer with friends and family!
Learning differences come in many iterations, looking different from one person to the next. You might have heard the expression "The 3 D's" in the learning and medical communities. But what does that mean? The 3 D's represent dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. While many children and adults might be diagnosed with just one of these learning disabilities, there are also times when someone is diagnosed with all three. In this blog we break down each of these LD's and what to look for.
As children grow older and spend less and less time developing the skills necessary to learn to read, they make a switch to being able to read to learn. Once your child is past the emergent literacy stage, they will really start to engage in deep levels of reading for meaning. There are many ways you can help facilitate this learning at home. Here are 5 ways to help boost your older child and teen's literacy skills!
The school doors are opening soon and those back to school butterflies are starting to flutter for both parents and children. We know just how hectic the days leading up to the return to classrooms can be, so we've put together 10 tips on how to help your child (and you) have an easy transition back to school!
Every student deserves the opportunity to succeed in the classroom, but some students require instruction and support that is catered to their learning profile. However, most lesson plans, teaching styles, and even the classroom structure are all designed to be effective for the average student. This leaves students with learning differences and disabilities behind. IEPs play an essential role in ensuring that every student has the opportunity to learn in a way that works for them.
Every holiday season we're given the opportunity to embrace more quality time at home. Some parents worry that time away from school might derail their child's learning progress. While you might be tempted to bring out the workbooks and learning apps, most teachers feel strongly about students resting and not doing work that mirrors that of a classroom during breaks. Children need to recharge and reset. However, that does not mean you can't offer plenty of engaging, off-screen, and academically stimulating activities at home. Here are 10 ways you can keep your child learning during the holidays!
We all hope for our children to have a passion for books and a love for reading. In a world full of video games and flashy devices, we take great joy in seeing our child tucked away in a corner, nose in a book. Building lifelong readers starts at home. While literacy instruction is happening in schools, it is also important to create an environment at home which supports younger children who are learning to read. Below are some ways you can reinforce those budding literacy skills.
In our last blog in the Literacy at Home series, we discussed ways you can help your younger child learn to read at home. Just like you can support your child's growth in learning to read, you can also help to facilitate the early writing process. Here are 6 ways to help your child develop those early writing skills at home.