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Ann Arbor Learning Disabilities and ADHD: Local School Showing Informative Film

Posted by on September 6, 2018 in Blog

Next month, Emerson School in Ann Arbor will be one of the first to screen the film NORMAL ISN’T REAL – Succeeding with Learning Disabilities and ADHD. It will be shown on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 6:30pm in the Arts and Innovation Center at Emerson School. There is no cost to attend and it is open to the public. Emerson does request that if you intend to come that you register. Please click here to register. Emerson School is located at 5425 Scio Church Rd., Ann Arbor, MI, 48103. Does your child struggle with learning disabilities or...

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Ann Arbor Executive Function Coaching: Do Extracurricular Activities improve Executive Functioning?

Posted by on July 16, 2018 in Blog

Dr. Lisa Woodcock-Burroughs, Ph.D., Assistant Director Youth from many backgrounds participate in extracurricular activities such as sports, clubs, music, dance, etc. Among high school students, this participation has been linked with a host of positive outcomes such as increased academic achievement, better school attendance, engagement in fewer risk-taking behaviors, and better psychological adjustment, just to name a few. But is more always better? It depends… According to research, conducted at the University of South Florida, high...

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Ann Arbor Neuropsychology: Working Memory- Limitations

Posted by on May 16, 2018 in Blog

Working Memory- Limitations:    Short-term memory is believed to hold 7 to 9 pieces of information, while working memory is thought to hold 3 to 5 elements of new information. Some researchers believe children have a smaller working memory capacity (perhaps only 1 to 3 elements). Information in working memory is only there temporarily as it is either transferred or encoded into long-term memory or it decays and disappears. If working memory is compromised for any reason, the number of elements held in mind could only be 1 to 2. Therefore, new...

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Ann Arbor Neuropsychology: Working Memory- What is it?

Posted by on April 25, 2018 in Blog

Tips for Understanding Working Memory:  Confusion exists regarding the difference between short-term memory and working memory. Some psychologists believe they are one and the same. Other psychologists differentiate between short-term memory and working memory. Short-term memory typically refers to brief, initial storage of information. For example, if I told you a phone number, you would initially hold it in your short-term memory. Working memory refers to how you process, manipulate or work with this phone number to remember it over time....

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ADHD In Ann Arbor: Parenting a Child with ADHD

Posted by on April 20, 2018 in Blog

Parenting a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is no easy feat. In addition to the typical trials of being a parent, children with ADHD can have school and home difficulties that require extra patience and understanding. “Why does my child need 1001 reminders to finish a task?” ADHD can have an impact on executive functions skills such as: Planning and Organization Time Management Task Initiation Self-awareness Strategic Thinking Identifying the challenges your child faces can be the first step to helping them to manage...

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Ann Arbor Executive Function Coaching: Coach’s Tip

Posted by on March 26, 2018 in Blog

When you have an upcoming exam, consider making a study plan. “Many days.  Many ways.” is a helpful way to remember your overall goals for studying.  Think about a variety of ways to study, assigning each method to a different day of the week.  By the time test day arrives, you will have given yourself the opportunity to thoroughly learn the material and feel prepared. This method is taught in more detail in our Executive Function/ADHD Coaching sessions. If you’d like more information about our Executive Function/ADHD  Coaching, please...

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Ann Arbor Neuropsychology: Metaphors for the Brain

Posted by on June 26, 2017 in Blog

In the 1960s, a “cognitive revolution” occurred in psychology whereby the computer metaphor for brain function was introduced. Think of this metaphor as a simplified way of understanding how the brain works or an attempt to make sense of something we don’t understand. Unfortunately, metaphors can misrepresent what truly occurs in the brain because they over-simplify. Previous metaphors had attempted to compare the brain to different types of fluids, a wax tablet, a book, a complex machine or a telephone switchboard, which...

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Ann Arbor Neuropsychology: Your Amazing Brain- The Basics

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Interesting facts about your brain: Weighing approximately 3 pounds and consisting of about 80 to 100 billion nerve cells or neurons, your brain can be viewed as a complex machine with different parts performing various functions. The human brain gives you the capacity for language, art and critical thinking. Additionally, it provides each person with an individual personality, specific memories and an understanding of the world around them. Each neuron can have anywhere from 1000 to 10,000 synapses or connections to other neurons. Learning...

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Anxiety and Stress in Children in Ann Arbor: What To Do When Kids Worry: Anxiety and Stress in Children

Posted by on June 2, 2017 in Blog

Jen McCulloch, LMSW Psychotherapist Executive Function Coach Certified School Social Worker   Children may worry about friends, school work, fitting in, or a number of other things. The staff at CNLD are trained to help children identify and manage the feelings of anxiety and stress that can feel overwhelming. But, what can parents do to support their children at home? Talk to your child – Find out what is worrying them. Try to do this in a casual way by asking them about their day or their friends. A good time to talk with kids is while...

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Special Education in Ann Arbor: The In’s and Out’s of an IEP

Posted by on April 11, 2017 in Blog

Lisa Woodcock-Burroughs, Ph.D., NCSP Licensed Clinical Psychologist Special education services are delivered via an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). An IEP can include specialized instruction, related services (i.e. occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language therapy, school social work) and school-based accommodations. Some children are able to access adult support, such as paraprofessional support, throughout the school day while transportation and extended school year options are afforded to other students....

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