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Test Review: Clinical Assessment of Pragmatics (CAPs)

Smart Speech Therapy

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

Today due to popular demand I am reviewing the Clinical Assessment of Pragmatics (CAPs) for children and young adults ages 7 – 18, developed by the Lavi Institute. Readers of this blog are familiar with the fact that I specialize in working with children diagnosed with psychiatric impairments and...

“The Little Things Show How Far My Daughter Has Come”

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

“Wait, Lee, you forgot your lunch…” But she was gone, her car visible only for a second before disappearing down the hill.  Here we go again.  In the rush to make it out the door and get to her college class on time, lunch was a regular casualty—even when she took the trouble to make it the...

All I Want for Christmas Is…a Lot Less Anxiety

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

Hey, Holiday Anxiety. I’ve grown accustomed to your sister, Everyday Anxiety. She’s pretty bad. But you are a life-ruiner, a magic-stealer, a joy-thief. I hate you.

The week before Thanksgiving, you make your grand entrance with worry, lumpy mashed potatoes, and sweaty fear. You are my constant, unwanted companion...

Mid-Year, New Job! that's how it's supposed to go right?

Authors: Burgeoning School Psychologist

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Well, it's not quite mid-year, and I've gone and done something radical in my school psychology career again.I resigned from my urban school district where I worked with K-6th grade students and moved to a sub-urban school district where I'll be working with 9th-12th grade students.This transition will be my...

To the Teacher Who Called Me Today…

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

…Thank you. Thank you from the deepest pit of my heart.

I am sorry that I didn’t sound enthused when I answered the phone. I knew it was the school and was preparing myself for what you were going to say. I feared you were calling about his subpar PARC scores, his 2 weeks’ worth of unfinished classwork,...

Classic Prose Is Simple, Not Simplistic

Assessing Psyche

Simple words, carefully arranged, stick in the memory and influence action long after they have been read....

Brain-Computer Interface Enables People with Paralysis to Control Tablet Devices

NASET

Authors: National Association of Special Education Teachers

Tablets and other mobile computing devices are part of everyday life, but using them can be difficult for people with paralysis. New research from the BrainGate* consortium shows that a brain-computer interface (BCI) can enable people with paralysis to directly operate an off-the-shelf...

Why Do Assessment Reports Exist at All?

Assessing Psyche

Think of the time and effort we could save if we simply did our assessments, gathered the relevant parties, and then had an engaging conversation about our findings....

What Has This Congress Actually Gotten Done on Education?

Education Week

Authors: Education Week

Federal lawmakers had a big menu of issues to tackle, like DACA, student-data privacy, and higher education, during this Congress. But the list of accomplishments may fall short of what many sought or expected....

Dear SLPs, Try Asking This Instead

Smart Speech Therapy

Authors: Smart Speech Therapy LLC

I frequently see numerous posts on Facebook that ask group members, “What are your activities/goals for a particular age group (e.g., preschool, middle school, high school, etc.) or a particular disorder (e.g., Down Syndrome)? After seeing these posts appear over and over again in a variety of groups, I...

Your Holiday Prioritization Plan: Focus on What Matters

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

The holidays are supposed to be filled with joy. So why does it seem like they get more stressful every year?

Part of what gets us out of balance, overwhelmed, frazzled, exhausted, especially at this holiday season is our expectations. Our perceptions and thoughts actually contribute to much of our own unhappiness or feelings...

When Family Gatherings Meet ADHD: A Gameplan

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

Do relatives offer you unsolicited parenting “tips” at every family gathering? Or, you find yourself overreacting to your child’s every minor slipup?

Navigating the challenges of ADHD  can add extra stress to holiday parties. Learn how to set your child and your family up for success with this video.

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7 Ways to Maximize the Impact of Brain Training

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

Don’t waste your time and money on a brain-training program that is paint-by-numbers. Be certain you’re building meaningful skills by following this advice for ADHD brains.

1. Make a weakness into a strength.

Choose a brain training program that targets a specific, identifiable weakness. If you seem to do everything...

I Don’t Have a Favorite Child, Just an Easier One

ADDitude.com

Authors: ADDitude.com

It’s after 9pm on a school night, and I’m driving Vivianna around town looking for a PopSocket for her cell phone.

“Dad,” she says, “We really don’t need to keep looking. I probably need to get home and get ready for bed.”

“Let’s just try one more place,” I say.

She...