Educational Issues Category

That Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The new school year is upon us. This brings out different kinds of emotions for everyone. Most children dread it. Many parents savor it. Of course there are always exceptions to every rule. I have mixed emotions. While I welcome the change of weather and the quieter house, I know I will miss seeing my kids during the day. However, the school days, just like the summer, are only temporary. Before we know it Christmas will be here. Then comes February vacation and Spring break. It all goes so quickly that it reminds me of the expression, this too shall pass. Whether it is something you savor or dread, time always marches on.
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The Speed of Life

Whew...do we ever move fast. Everything seems to be get it done yesterday...fast... faster...fastest. So what are we all rushing to anyway? I had a phone conversation with a woman yesterday. She was from the Caribbean islands and she was in no hurry. When I hung up the phone I thought, "man, she's getting it right". So I will convey my wish to all of you....slow down and enjoy life. Take a walk, smell the flowers, listen to nice music, meditate or take a nap. Life was made to be enjoyed after all and this includes how we utilize our time as well as our pace. And remember that once you do reach the "finish line." you'll want to be able to look back, smile and know that you enjoyed it as much as you could have.
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When Should You Have Your Child Evaluated for Learning Disabilities?

When Should You Have Your Child Evaluated for Learning Disabilities?

Determining when the appropriate time to have your child first evaluated is a difficult question to answer, and varies on a case-by-case basis based on individual factors. However, there are a few questions to ask yourself as well as basic information concerning the likely onset of learning disabilities that can help guide you in deciding whether or not to have your child evaluated.

Questions:

Has your child displayed academic and/or behavioral difficulties since they first began school?

Has your child just started struggling during the current academic year?

What factors have changed during the current academic year that could account for difficulties (i.e., new school, transition from elementary to middle school, significant increase in workload, etc.)?

Does your child fluctuate between periods of doing well and struggling considerably?

Answers:

If your child has displayed academic and/or behavioral difficulti...

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Norene Chevalie's Blog

Welcome to my blog. My blogs will be positve in nature and challenge each of us towards chanchanging our thinking from negative to positive. In staying with the cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused approach, thinking (cognitions) determine our feelings, our options and choices. Our choicez deeermine our actions/behavior and finally outcomes. Typically we let our minds wander (passively active). By using CBT/SFT, we learn to teach our minds to become "actively active." Then when we do this we gain personal control over our thoughts and can begin to make positive choices in our lives. SO, this blog is about positive information, positive sayings and words as well as resources. ENJOY THE JOURNEY. CHANGE IS NOT THE ISSUE;   IT IS THE TRANSITIPN TO IT! An experiece in itselfis meaningless until we give it meaning. We either react or respond.

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Where Are Your Desires Leading You?

"Often the very desires that lead to our ruin start as healthy longings." We begin our young lives wanting love, affirmation, attention, nurturing, care, and the like. Then we are raised by less-than-perfect people who are unable, or sometimes unwilling, to meet our needs for these things. At this point, we are faced with a choice: where will we turn to have our needs met? And while we're deciding where to turn, we are believing that these desires are good, just misguided and need to be met in healthy ways. So, we are determined find a different healthy way. And while there are "...certainly natural desires, there are no neutral ones..."

We are given plenty of options to fulfill our needs. For instance, we can find other people to give us what we crave. These people can be healthy (caring, loving, selfless) or unhealthy (preoccupied, selfish or needy themselves). Or perhaps we think no I don't need people to meet our needs because they will fail us so we don't depend on them. I know I...

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