Summer is a perfect opportunity to do some of the academic work you have been putting off due to your busy schedules. You want next year to be the year you are managing an independent learner, happy in school and thriving in after school activities. You don’t want another year of homework wars, late nights and anxious moments. Once you and the kids have a chance to relax and unwind from school, take a little family vacation and enjoy some unscheduled time – you can get those evaluations completed. This is a perfect time to test for the gifted program and get the meeting scheduled for August so they start the year off right. It is also a good time to test for a learning or attention problem. A meeting before school begins helps your child and the teachers get started on the right track for the next grade. If you want some accommodations for SAT or any high stakes testing, it is best to get those numbers and have the meeting with school personnel early.
Summer is an ideal time for the 5 weeks of cogmed. Deficits in working memory often underlie difficulties with reading comprehension and math in children I evaluate. A working memory deficit makes it difficult to stay focused, plan what to do next, remember instructions, get started on a task and stick with it to completion! The problem exists across age levels. Adults use Cogmed to improve professional performance and increase attentional stamina in the workplace. Older adults use it to maintain and improve their brain function.
The complete program includes:
- Initial interview
- Start-up session
- Five weeks of training with weekly coach calls
- Wrap-up meeting
- Six month follow-up interview
- Access to the Cogmed training web
- Cogmed extension training (12 months)
Summer is also a good time to address counseling issues for Trichotillomania, Skin Picking, or Non-Suicidal Self-Injury. It is also a good time to finally get a handle on anxiety and/or depression. Please call for more information and share this blog with your friends.
Mary Travis, PhD