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Preventing the Summer Slide: The Importance of Summer Reading for Neurodiverse Children

Summer is a time for fun and relaxation, but it also presents a unique challenge for many children: the "summer slide." This term refers to the learning loss that can occur during the extended break from school. For neurodiverse children, maintaining academic skills over the summer is particularly important, as they may require more consistent reinforcement to retain information. One effective way to combat the summer slide is through engaging summer reading programs tailored to…

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Tips to Help You Manage Your Child or Teen’s Screen Time During Summer

With more free time during the summer, managing screen time can be a challenge for parents of neurodiverse children. Balancing screen time with other activities is essential to ensure a healthy and enjoyable summer. This post provides tips and strategies for setting limits and promoting a well-rounded routine for your child. Setting Limits Create a Schedule: Allocate specific times for screen use each day. Consistency is key, so try to stick to the schedule as…

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Building Social Skills Over the Summer

Summer is an excellent time to work on social skills with your neurodiverse child. Without the pressures of school, you can create low-stress opportunities for social interaction and skill development. This post offers a variety of strategies and activities to help your child build social skills during the summer months. Structured Playdates Small Groups: Start with small, manageable playdates to prevent overwhelming your child. Invite one or two children for short, structured play sessions. Gradually…

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Traveling Tips for Families with Neurodiverse Children

Traveling can be an exciting yet challenging experience for families with neurodiverse children. Proper planning and preparation are key to making trips enjoyable and less stressful. In this post, we provide practical tips and strategies to help you and your child have a successful travel experience. Pre-Travel Preparation Social Stories: Use social stories to explain what to expect during the trip. Social stories are short, descriptive narratives that outline different aspects of the travel experience,…

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Sensory-Friendly Summer Activities for your Neurodiverse Child

Summer offers numerous opportunities for fun, but for children with neurodiversity, sensory sensitivities can make some activities overwhelming. Finding the right balance between fun and comfort is crucial. This post will suggest a variety of sensory-friendly activities that can be enjoyed without causing distress, ensuring a fun and inclusive summer experience for your child. Outdoor Activities Nature Walks: Gentle nature walks can be a calming and sensory-rich experience. The sights, sounds, and smells of nature…

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Creating a Summer Routine for Children with Neurodiversity

Summer break can be a challenging time for children with neurodiversity and their parents. The lack of a structured school day can lead to anxiety and behavioral issues. In this post, we'll explore how to create a flexible yet structured summer routine that can help your child thrive. Establishing a Routine Consistent Wake-Up and Bedtimes: Keeping sleep schedules consistent helps regulate your child’s internal clock. Daily Activity Blocks: Break the day into manageable segments with…

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Understanding Autism Testing: A Guide for Parents

If you're a parent who has noticed certain behaviors or developmental patterns in your child that have raised concerns about autism spectrum disorder (ASD), you're not alone. The journey of understanding and supporting your child's unique needs begins with seeking information and guidance. At the Learning Evaluation Center, we specialize in providing comprehensive assessments to help parents navigate the complexities of developmental disorders such as autism. In this blog post, we'll explore the process of…

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Understanding Dyslexia and Giftedness (2e)

Are you concerned about your child's academic performance or unique learning needs? At the Learning Evaluation Center, we specialize in testing and evaluation services to help identify and support children with dyslexia, giftedness, and other learning differences. In this post, we'll explore the intersection of dyslexia and giftedness, and how testing and evaluation can provide valuable insights for twice-exceptional children. Unraveling Dyslexia: What Parents Need to Know Dyslexia is a common learning disorder that affects…

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Understanding ADHD Testing: A Guide for Parents

Are you concerned about your child's attention and focus? ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) testing could provide the answers you're looking for. At the Learning Evaluation Center, we specialize in ADHD testing to help parents understand their child's unique needs and challenges. What is ADHD Testing? ADHD testing is a comprehensive evaluation process designed to assess a child's attention span, impulse control, and hyperactivity levels. At our center, we use a variety of assessment tools, including standardized…

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Navigating ADHD: A Guide for Parents

As a parent, it's natural to have concerns about your child's development and well-being. If you've noticed that your child struggles with attention, focus, and impulsivity, you may be wondering if ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is a factor. At the Learning Evaluation Center, we understand your concerns, and we're here to provide guidance and support through the journey of understanding and managing ADHD. Recognizing Signs of ADHD ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects a child's…

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