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Should I Help My Child Prepare for WISC-V?

In this blog post, Dr. Ellen Iscoe expands on her recent “What is this New WISC-V?” article.ellen

Sure! In his book “Intelligence and How to Get It: Why Schools and Culture Count,” Richard E. Nesbitt, a prominent cognitive psychologist, stresses the importance of nonhereditary factors in determining I.Q. He suggests a number of steps parents can take, starting before the birth of the child, to boost their child’s I.Q. If your child is already school-age, your efforts can still have an impact.

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What is this New WISC-V?

ellenAdmissions season is here, and calls are streaming into The Kingsbury Center inquiring about the WISC-V, the new test for children age six and up who are applying to independent schools. Along with the usual questions about scheduling, there is one question some parents ask directly and others tip-toe around: What is this new ‘WISC-V’? Are there things I should know about this latest edition? Do I need to do something different to prepare my child? Continue reading

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Dr. JI ended my last blog (From Boys to Men) with an old sports adage, “no pain no gain,” a reference to the notion that a certain amount of pain is a by-product of sustained effort that leads to an increase in stamina and muscle definition. It seemed appropriate to begin this post with another reference to sports. Muhammad Ali, known equally well for his athletic prowess as his ability to turn a phrase, once quipped, “What really counts in the ring is what happens after you are exhausted.” Continue reading

Book Review: Diary of a Social Detective by Jeffrey E. Jessum, Ph.D.

Social DetectiveMiddle school is a challenging time of life for most students. They often feel uncomfortable in their own skin as their bodies and brains mature and they also have become more aware of being the focus of attention. If they aren’t constantly looking in the mirror, they are checking to see if someone else is watching them. For students with social communication issues or Autism Spectrum Disorder, this transition can be particularly confusing and painful. Suddenly, social interactions are way more complex and these kids are bewildered at the same time they would like a little social support to smooth their path. They often desire friends but have difficulty recognizing signals from others and getting the social context right. Continue reading

Travels with Children

Many of you are probably gearing up for summer vacations which may include traveling with friends and family. You have waited all year for this time off and likely have invested this brief period when you will spend a lot of money with equally high expectations.  Vacations make you…. relax, rejuvenate, reconnect, explore, right?  All of these possibilities exist in our fantasy of the perfect vacation. Yet travels with children can throw a wrench in the works for parents who may find themselves frustrated and vowing never to take another vacation again. Is there a better way? Continue reading

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When Communicating with Teens, Less is More

There are a few changes parents typically expect as their youngsters grow into adolescence. Most parents know to expect a good portion of brooding, irritability and social drama. They expect their children’s bodies to change and their sexuality to become more pronounced. Parents know that kids will rebel and talk back, and that they are likely to experiment with things you wish they wouldn’t. Continue reading

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11 Ways to De-Clutter Your Mental Workspace

The research is clear, multitasking doesn’t work, yet we do it anyway. Parents worry about their children growing up in a buzzing, chirping, and otherwise media-interrupting world, but adults too are being swallowed up by distraction. In an attempt to get more done at once, we are becoming less productive. We are passively allowing our work and personal lives to be interrupted again and again with little to show for it. It’s time we put some real thought into how we manage the information flow in our lives. If you want to see better work habits in your children, you can start by taking care of your own. Here are some ways to clean up your mental clutter and improve your productivity. Continue reading