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What To Do If Your Child Is Struggling In School

The Huffington Post – Taylor Pittman

“It can be hard to know what to do if your child is struggling in school. Even figuring out when to start a conversation about your concerns can be a struggle. HuffPost asked teachers about how parents can address their kids’ issues ― whether they’re related to academics, social skills or something else ― and still stay empathetic.” (more)

What Does Good STEM Education Look Like?

Black Enterprise – Robin White-Goode

“It’s unclear why those polled would bifurcate meeting state standards and learning about practical applications—the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Students’ unwillingness to work hard, though, could be an indictment against the STEM program. Most excellent learning programs engage students and reinforce their interest, so students’ unwillingness to exert themselves could indict a school’s STEM program and not just the students.” (more)

Acting out, acting their age or something more serious? Dealing with difficult behaviour in children

Medical X-Press – Katrina Barker

“At some stage in every child’s life they will exhibit defiant, impulsive or even disobedient behaviours. A lot of this is normal, but when behaviour disrupts a child’s everyday functioning, it becomes abnormal and parents should seek professional advice. Parents can make a difference by using evidence-based strategies to encourage positive behaviours.” (more)

Bilingualism May Counteract Autism

Language Magazine – Staff Writer

“According to a new study published in Child Development, bilingual children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are better at switching from one task to another than their monolingual peers. “This is a novel and surprising finding,” says Prof. Aparna Nadig, the senior author of the paper, from the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Canada’s McGill University. “Over the past 15 years there has been a significant debate in the field about whether there is a ‘bilingual advantage’ in terms of executive functions. Some researchers have argued convincingly that living as a bilingual person and having to switch languages unconsciously to respond to the linguistic context in which the communication is taking place increases cognitive flexibility.” (more)

Watch without mother: The end of watching TV as a family

BBC – Sean Coughlan

“It would be hard to exaggerate the influence that television once held over family life. Even if you hated programmes, you still watched them. It was always there in the background. It was where people gathered, a shared experience in families and a shared experience across communities. But that world is disappearing.” (more)