Category: Resources for Parents

7 Tips to Avoid the Holiday Brain Drain


Keep Your Child’s Brain Strong When School is Out of Session

You may have heard about the “Summer Slide.” It’s how teachers refer to the significant decrease in material retention that requires them to spend an average of four to six weeks re-teaching materials in the fall. But even a two-week holiday break can put a serious dent in learning. To keep your child’s brain strong when school is out of session, consider these tips:



Beat the heat!

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Cheap Indoor Activities to Keep Their Brains (& Hands!) Occupied

It’s easy to keep kids busy in the summer when the sun is shining and a swimming pool (or beach) awaits. But the uber-hot days when the pool is full or rainy days when you’re stuck inside can be a bit more of a challenge, especially when you’re trying to avoid raising couch potatoes.

Here are 10 ideas to help you keep your child’s brain engaged without breaking the bank.

Middle School Nightmares

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Tips to Start in Summer for a Trauma-Free Transition

Does the thought of sending your child off to middle school make you anxious? If so, you’re certainly not alone. Many adults have middle school memories of social awkwardness, hormonal upheaval, and the added pressure of more responsibilities with a growing need for more independence.

Now think of your child experiencing these same anxieties! Whether your child is transitioning into middle school or junior high, these easy, practical tips can ease the adjustment.

May 7 is National Barrier Awareness Day

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Both visible and invisible barrier can limit the success of otherwise very capable children, teens and adults. From attention struggles and dyslexia, to dysgraphia (trouble with numbers) and memory issues, invisible barriers like weak cognitive skills can sometimes cause extreme frustration because the problem is often unknown. Kids and teens are blamed for being “lazy” or “dumb” when in fact they’re just as smart as their peers—or smarter! Adults are labeled as “unmotivated,” when the reality is that they’re struggling with a learning disability.

Worried that weak cognitive skills are making life harder than it has to be for you or someone you love? Take our free Learning Skills Discovery Survey to find out how to overcome your barriers: