Child’s Play Develops Attention

Jill Stowell Attention, Classroom, Development, General Information, IEP, Learning Disability

“Look at me!” “Watch me do a handstand!” “Look at me jump!” Young children love to show off their physical prowess.  What parents may not realize is that the antics kids use to get attention are often building blocks for developing attention! I had a momentous birthday last week so I don’t do a lot of handstands anymore, but when …

Information Overload or Filter Failure?

Jill Stowell Attention, Classroom, Development, General Information, Homework, IEP, Learning Disability, Reading, School

I don’t know about you, but email can be completely overwhelming to me.  Scattered among the truly important things, there must be ten times as many irrelevant items. Recently, my husband saved me from my inbox by going through and weeding out everything except the things I really needed to pay attention to.  He was appalled by all of the …

I HATE Feeling Crazy!

Jill Stowell Classroom, Development, General Information, Homework, IEP, Learning Disability, School

My father-in-law loved instruction manuals.  He would pour over the manual for any item he bought because he wanted to know exactly how it worked, all the things it could do, and what problems and solutions to expect. But kids don’t come with instruction manuals.  So we all step into parenting a little blindly.  It’s a figure-it-out-as-you-go proposition from the …