INSIGHTS INTO EDUCATION

ARE CHILDREN WHO LACK SOCIAL SKILLS MORE LIKELY TO BE BULLIED?June 2011

Q: What character traits are common in bullies and in their targets? A: Nothing can ruin a child’s life as easily as being bullied. Bullying is an ugly form of abuse that children (and adults, for that matter) impose on others in order to make themselves feel superior. They are persistent in singling out and Read More »

By Rifka Schonfeld

SO MY SON CAN’T READ – BUT WHY CAN’T HE MAKE FRIENDS?April 2011

Are learning disabilities and social skills issues connected? And if so, how can we help the struggling child? When Mrs. Cohen learned that her son Darrel had learning disabilities, she knew that he was going to have academic difficulties. What she didn’t realize was that he would also have trouble making friends.  Like for so Read More »

By Rifka Schonfeld

STRUGGLING TO ERASE THE STUTTERMarch 2011

As a child, when he was called upon in class, Dr. Gerald Maguire would answer in the voice of Elmer Fudd or Donald Duck. Gerald found it easier to avoid stuttering when he was imitating someone else. He would also substitute easier synonyms for words he wanted to say, but consistently avoided making phone calls Read More »

By Rifka Schonfeld

STIMULATION VS. SERENITY: COPING WITH SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDERFebruary 2011

Yosefwas constantly giving his teachers a hard time. When his class would gather around for a demonstration of how gravity works, Yosef couldn’t help but touch all the objects. He ran the feather along his cheek, bounced the ball against his hand, and stuck his fingers into the bag of pebbles. His teacher admonished him, Read More »

By Rifka Schonfeld

READING, INTERRUPTED: EDUCATING CHILDREN WITH A D H DDecember 2010

Moshe’s teacher was frustrated. From the moment Morah Esther asked the students to open Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad are Friends, seven-year-old Moshe had been rocking his chair back and forth. She repeatedly asked him to stop, even though that meant breaking up the story for the rest of the class.  Finally, Moshe seemed to relax. Read More »

By Rifka Schonfeld

THE A B CS OF O C DNovember 2010

Recently I met with Shelly, a second grader. Her mother brought her because she was worried about the time her daughter spent doing homework.  “When she comes home from school with five math problems,” the mother explained, “it takes more than an hour to complete them. It’s not that she sits and thinks about them, Read More »

By Rifka Schonfeld

GET INSIDE THEIR HEADSOctober 2010

In order for us to gain our children’s cooperation, we need to first get inside their heads to understand what they want. One of the main reasons why our children do not listen to us is that we speak to them in terms of what we want. Imagine a saleswoman who shows you clothing based on her needs and Read More »

By Tammy Sassoon

FIGHTING IN THE FAMILY: SIBLING RIVALRY DECODEDSeptember 2010

The Tale of Pip and Squeak, by children’s books author Kate Duke, humorously illustrates some of the challenges faced by siblings growing up together. As the teaser summarizes: Pip and Squeak are two bickering brothers. They share a home, but can’t get along. Squeak’s singing hurts Pip’s ears. The fumes from Pip’s paintings give his brother Read More »

By Rifka Schonfeld

10 WAYS TO HELP YOUR CHILD SUCCEED IN SCHOOLJune 2010

As the school year comes to a close, almost all students will be taking final exams. Invariably, stress from these exams is felt not only by the students, but also by the parents, who feel pressure to help their children succeed. Consider all that you’ve done to set the tone for learning from the time Read More »

By Ariel Cohen

PARENTS PARTNERING WITH PETAGOGUESApril 2010

In the Picky Parent Guide, authors Bryan C. Hassel and Emily Ayscue Hassel submit that: “Deciding what your child needs and what matters most are key steps in choosing a school with the best fit for your child.” Schools have evolved into much more than a place for children to learn the Three R’s. Schools are expected Read More »

By Mrs. Miriam Zukerman
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