February 02, 2016

Habits: Building them, breaking them

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by Kathy Kuhl How do we help our kids develop good habits? Why are bad habits so hard to break? “Habits emerge, scientists say, because the brain is constantly looking for ways to save effort,” says Pulitzer Prize winner writer Charles Duhigg in his book, The Power of Habit. When you act by habit, your brain is […]

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April 21, 2015

Is your child time-blind?

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by Kathy Kuhl (Part 2 on helping kids be more punctual. Part 1 is here.) What’s worse: being chronically late—or having a child who is? Either way we feel frustrated and helpless. In my last post, I recommended four ways to train your children to be more aware of how long it takes them to […]

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April 14, 2015

Help your child be more punctual, part 1

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by Kathy Kuhl Late again? I recently saw the Wall Street Journal article “We know why you’re always late.” I thought, “I’ve been found out!” Though I’ve learned how make myself punctual (usually), I know the looming guilt of being late again and disappointing people who think being punctual is just common courtesy. How can […]

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February 22, 2013

Need help managing your time on the computer?

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By Kathy Kuhl Here are two helps I learned about at the same 2012 LDA conference. I do not guarantee this software. I have not tried StayFocusd yet. I pass them along for you to consider. If you have Google Chrome, you may likeStayFocusd, an extension that lets you limit how much time you spend […]

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February 22, 2013

Using the Internet wisely

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Using the Internet wisely: Why do we crave distraction? Many tools can help you guard your family from the ugly, immoral side of the Internet or to limit their time on the web. But even if all you read on the Internet is recipes and Bible stories, using the Internet affects how you think and […]

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February 22, 2013

Is Google making us stupid?

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If you don’t have time to read Nicholas Carr’s book, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, here is the article that led to the book,“Is Google Making Us Stupid?” in The Atlantic magazine.

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February 22, 2013

Time Timer: shows you time passing

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Not high-tech, but so handy! The Time Timer is a visual timer that is great for students, for me, and for anyone often loses track of the time, or as we prefer to call ourselves,”chronometrically impaired.” Since the red fraction of the disk shrinks as time passes, even a child who cannot tell time or […]

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January 09, 2013

ADHD & Me: What I Learned From Lighting Fires at the Dinner Table by Blake E.S. Taylor

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New Harbinger, 2007. 176 pages. ISBN: 978-1-57224-522-8 Any parent of a teen with learning problems will be encouraged to see another teen with those problems is able to write a book. How much more encouraging when it’s a well-organized, helpful book. This book is not a “Here’s how I did it” success story, but a […]

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January 09, 2013

The Ultimate Guide to Assistive Technology in Special Education: Resources for Education, Intervention, and Rehabilitation by Joan L. Green

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Review by Kathy Kuhl Prufrock Press. ISBN: 978-1-59363-719-4 List price $39.95. On Amazon for much less. While technology can be a mixed blessing, it is clear we need it, we cannot escape it, and we should not want to. Technology can help our children improve their speaking, writing, reading, thinking, and memory. It can help people […]

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January 09, 2013

The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains by Nicholas Carr

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Norton, 2010. ISBN: 978-0-393-33975-8. List price $15.95. On Amazon for less. I didn’t need a book to tell me that too much time on the internet was bad for me, so I didn’t think I needed to read The Shallows. I was wrong. This summer, I took The Shallows on several long plane flights. Those flights gave me […]

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