Month: April 2014

Nutrition and Learning Go Hand-in-Hand

Star Fruit

Nutrition is huge for learning.  There is now tons of research showing that a good quality diet has a measurable impact on behavior, attention and learning.  And within the group of kids I see for learning evaluation, MOST of the parents are well aware of what a “good” diet is and strive to get good foods into their kids.  Still, the basics bear repeating.  When a busy parent is trying to get the kids through breakfast while packing lunches and doing every other little thing that needs to be done, there can be drift.  One day, a parent looks at the table and realizes she has drifted to serving instant oatmeal with brightly colored little marshmallow dinosaurs.  When that happens, it’s time to correct the course (again) (I’ve been there).

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A little rant

Hey, a little rant here.

There is a new diagnosis being tossed around – “Sluggish Cognitive Tempo.” The New York Times just did an article about it.  Here is a link –

Sluggish Cognitive Tempo has been lurking in the background of child development for a number of years.  I hear about it, but it is not in the diagnostic manual (which is true for many types of learning or developmental challenges).  Sluggish Cognitive Tempo is for those kids who seem a little slow and scattered about getting things done. Of course, they have to be so slow and scattered that it bothers their teachers or their parents to a point that someone thinks a diagnosis is warranted.  It’s a version of attention deficit disorder without hyperactivity.  Diagnoses of Attention Deficit Disorder are going up, up, up, so it is not unexpected that we can split some diagnostic hairs and come up with some more specific names.

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Foundations For Learning

Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.  Janis Joplin, American singer

In real estate, they say “Location, Location, Location.”  For learning, I always start by stressing, “Foundation, Foundation, Foundation.”  And I mean the deep down foundations for learning.  Not just studying harder or longer, treating the learning disability, or reading more to the kids (and to yourself).  Those are nice, but you gotta go deeper.  I am talking about deeper foundation habits that set up children (as well as adults) to be ready to learn (and calmly enjoy the world).  We know all of these things, but sometimes forget their daily importance in our busy, busy lives.

I am talking about:

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