INSIGHTS INTO EDUCATION

WHEN YOUR CHILD HAS A MELTDOWNFebruary 2013

“No! I won’t put my shoes on,” Nathan yelled. Penny sighed. “Nathan,” she said, “we talked about this before. You are five years old and you need to put your shoes on yourself.” She could tell this tantrum was going to be a long one. “I can’t,” Nathan whined. “I don’t remember how.” Penny knew Read More »

By Rifka Schonfeld

WHEN PANIC ATTACKSDecember 2012

“Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere.” – Glenn Turner Who doesn’t know what it is like to feel nervous? Our children might feel anxious about their first day of school or going to a friend’s house for the first time. As they grow, they might Read More »

By Rifka Schonfeld

SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER VS. ADHDOctober 2012

Eli and his father were spending some time playing a game of Monopoly together, when suddenly Eli screamed, “Daddy, make them stop drilling!” His father hadn’t noticed the construction across the avenue, but clearly the noise was bothering Eli, who couldn’t concentrate on the game anymore. “I can’t make them stop drilling,” the father said, Read More »

By Rifka Schonfeld

REACHING FOR THE STARS: SETTING GOALS FOR CHILDREN WITH LDAugust 2012

When children struggle with dyslexia, executive function disorder, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), or any other learning disability (LD) that impedes their academic success, parents and educators often work towards getting those children up to grade level. Indeed, helping struggling students work at the same level as their peers is of utmost importance. However, many Read More »

By Rivka Schonfeld

STUBBORN OR STRONG WILLED? RAISING A LEADERJune 2012

As a mother of six, I can tell you I’ve seen the nature vs. nurture debate in my home. My friends and I always ask, “How can children brought up in the same house turn out so different?” And, different they are! Some of my children are quieter, while others are boisterous. And, some are Read More »

By Rifka Schonfeld, Director Of S.o.s.

THE SURPRISING BENEFITS OF FRIENDSHIPApril 2012

“In poverty and other misfortunes, true friends are a sure refuge. They keep the young out of mischief; they comfort and aid the old in their weakness, and they incite those in the prime of life to noble deeds.” – Aristotle We all know that being with friends is enjoyable. We also know that children Read More »

By Rifka Schonfeld, Director Of S.o.s.

TWICE EXCEPTIONAL: ONE CHILD, TWO SPECIAL NEEDSFebruary 2012

The term “twice exceptional” is still new in educational jargon, but it is becoming more prevalent in my practice today. Twice exceptional children have a combination of exceptional intellectual power and uncommonly formidable mental roadblocks. That is, twice exceptional children are gifted intellectually and also can have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Aspergers Syndrome, Nonverbal Read More »

By Rifka Schonfeld, Director Of S.o.s.

STRATEGIES TO TURN A D D INTO AN ASSETDecember 2011

Over the last several years, many professionals have been exploring the ways in which ADD (Attention Deficit Syndrome) can actually help people become highly successful , rather than hindering them. This was in fact a theme of this publication’s August 2011 cover article, “Attention Deficit Hyperactive... Aptitude”. And when we consider the many famous people Read More »

By Rifka Schonfeld, Director Of S.o.s.

A PARENT’S GUIDE TO BEATING BACK-TO-SCHOOL STRESSOctober 2011

Returning suddenly to the back-to-school routine after the summer or holiday vacation can make even the best of us feel frazzled. Having to keep tracks of lunches, supplies, after-school activities, and, of course, children’s anxiety can seem overwhelming. For parents trying to keep their composure during this harrowing time, the techniques below can help reduce Read More »

By Rifka Schonfeld, Director Of S.o.s.

“WHY DO I ALWAYS FEEL INVISIBLE?”August 2011

It’s hard for us to imagine living in a bubble, seeing the world go on all around us while we feel isolated and alone. Many children who are diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) feel that way much of the time. They feel different than everyone else, stigmatized, and ignored. Teachers, educators and parents Read More »

By Rifka Schonfeld, Director Of S.o.s.
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