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 …

I’m Not Being A Wild Child on Purpose!

Jill Stowell General Information, Learning Disability, School, Sensory Processing

Most of the time, parents bring their kids to us because they’re struggling with reading, math, or some other aspect of school.  But because the underlying skills that are needed for easy, efficient learning are the same skills that support behavior, attention, social skills, and overall functioning, there are many great changes that occur for kids and families in addition …

The Hidden Meaning Behind Disruptive Behavior

Jill Stowell General Information, Learning Disability, School

Someone emailed me a cartoon of a principal on the phone with a parent saying, “I wouldn’t say your son is a bad child.  He’s gifted in disruptive behavior.” Augh!  Not the phone call you want to get! Many years ago when I taught 4th grade, I had a student, Tony, who constantly made clever comments to me over the …