We Exaggerate our Multitasking Abilities

Take a moment and give yourself a Multitask Rating from 1 to 10. Let’s say a score of 1 goes to the utterly hopeless multitasker and 10 goes to the mental black belt of the divided mind. Can you read email while conversing with a friend; book a plane ticket during the board meeting; do your homework and still pay attention to that movie; or text your friends while driving to let them know you’re “almost there?” Many of you will quickly answer yes to those questions without giving it a second thought. Continue reading

“Out of the Box” Children Need “Out of the Box” Parents

Ann Rowe bio picIn my work as a diagnostic tester at the Kingsbury Center, I have worked with many gifted students who struggle with underachievement and learning challenges. Often called “Twice-Exceptional” or referred to as GT/LD (i.e., gifted and talented with learning disabilities), these students are perplexing to their parents and teachers, and they encounter considerable frustration. These kids amaze in their insights and “out of the box” thinking, yet they can find basic skills challenging. Continue reading

This is What Success with Learning Disabilities Looks Like

It is hard to know what success looks like when your child is diagnosed with a learning disability. You find that some obstacles can be overcome, but for others s/he will have to take the long way around again and again. Even when they get the help they need, students with learning differences can feel overwhelmed by the challenges they face, and they must continually overcome self-doubt. This week, we would like to share with you a glimpse of what success looks like.
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Empathy: The Missing Ingredient

Right about now you may be putting some changes in action for 2015, perhaps renewing a gym membership, squaring away your finances, or getting that juicer you’ve been eyeing. If your New Year’s resolutions include a desire to improve communication with your kids, empathy is a good place to start. It takes skill, patience, and a lot of practice. Continue reading