with Heather Gilmore, MSW, LLMSW, BCBA


3 Tips to Prevent Summer Learning Loss in Kids

Summer is here. Kids are getting out of school. Some children will be staying home. Others will be attending a daycare setting. Others will be participating in camps or other activities. No matter what your kids will be doing over the summer, it is a possibility that they may lose some of the knowledge they gained in the last school year. When people (including children) don't keep their brains active in a particular area, that skill is likely to become weak (or at least weaker).


3 Effective Strategies for Improving Working Memory in Kids with ADHD

"One of the most consistent findings in research studies is that students with ADHD have poor working memory, particularly when they have to remember visual information, such as graphs or images. As part of a government-funded project that I led, I found that students with ADHD were 4x more likely to have working memory problems compared to their peers without attention problems. This has serious impact on their learning. As a result of working memory problems, students with ADHD perform struggle in all areas of learning. They can also find it difficult to cope with simple tasks in the classroom, such as following instructions, keeping track of where they need to be, remembering to do their assignments, and so on." ----Quote by Tracy Packiam Alloway, PhD.


Evidence-based treatment for ADHD

ADHD affects many children. ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, can have a detrimental affect on a child's performance in many areas including with his grades, his behavior in the classroom, relationships with others, self-regulation, daily life skills, and much more.

Within the scientific literature and research, behavioral treatment or behavior modification as well as medication are found to be the most effective treatments for ADHD. See the University at Buffalo's Center for Children and Families document titled "Evidence-based Psychosocial Treatment for ADHD Children and Adolescents."


5 Steps: Get Your Kids to Complete a Bedtime Routine on Their Own, without Nagging, Yelling, or Punishing (using ABA concepts)

Parenting can be stressful and exhausting. It can feel as if your kids demand your attention constantly. Of course, it is important to pay attention to your kids and provide them with guidance, teaching, and assistance when they need it. But, there are things that you can do to help your children become more independent which is an EXTREMELY important life skill during childhood and especially during adulthood.


How to Change Human Behavior: Basic Concepts in ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis)

Maybe you are a parent of a child with a diagnosis, such as an Autism Spectrum Disorder or a learning disability.
Maybe you are a professional working with this type of population.
Maybe you are a parent struggling with getting your child (typically developing child or child with a diagnosis) to complete a routine independently.
Maybe you want to help your child learn to tie her shoes.
Maybe you want to develop new habits that will help you keep up on housekeeping or improve another area of your life.


What is ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis)?…A Quick Summary & Video

Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA, is a science which is founded on the principles of learning and behavior.

The BACB (Behavior Analyst Certification Board) provides examples of uses for ABA including

"building the skills and achievements of children in school settings;
enhancing the development, abilities, and choices of children and adults with different kinds of disabilities;
and augmenting the performance and satisfaction of employees in organizations and businesses."


Theraplay: Using Attachment-Based Play to Improve Child Well-Being

"When a mother and father interact with a baby that is the food for right brain growth."

This statement is made by Dafna Lender, MSW, LCSW, Training Director of the Theraplay Institute, in "Theraplay," a youtube video that discusses the benefits of playing with kids paricularly through the method of Theraplay.

The techniques used in Theraplay are modeled on the way in which parents, particularly mothers, playfully engage with their infants. This type of interaction is then modified to suit the needs of a an older child, such as a child who is three or four years old all the way through the young teen years.


Super Fun Brain-Break Video for Kids (Parents & Therapists, You Can Try It, Too)

You have probably heard that you should exercise and that your kids need to be physically active....

And I agree, physical activity is an important part of healthy child development. If you have a child or are working with a child with practically any personality with a diagnosis or not, taking breaks from the tasks at hand to give the brain a boost will greatly increase productivity, focus, problem-solving, and mood.