When Dr. Skye McLennan picked up 6-year-old Noah from his classroom for his first testing session, she asked him if he knew why he was coming with her.
“Because I was bad?” he hesitantly replied.Continue reading
A few weeks ago, I saw a 14-year-old who was referred for learning challenges. Her parents were very excited to start the assessment process.
She was not.Continue reading
Feedback sessions can be very talk-heavy.
Even if I am diligent about using the child’s words, it still can be a lot of language for a young person to process!
To help, I started collecting child-friendly videos, graphics, books, celebrity profiles, and websites that relate to specific diagnoses and the power of neurodiversity. You can find them all in the spreadsheet below.Continue reading
When talking to a child about their testing results, it’s hard to find language that is positive, developmentally appropriate, and not overwhelming.
Over the past few months, I’ve shared a set of articles dedicated to finding this language and helping us explain common diagnoses to kids, including:Continue reading
For me, talking to kids about anxiety can feel like a catch-22:
Talking about anxiety tends to make kids feel more anxious, which then makes it even harder to talk about!
The dyslexic adults I see often come in thinking they’re lazy, or broken, or worse, stupid.
As children, they were told that they had a deficit – and the conversation stopped there.
When those same dyslexic adults and I do an assessment together, we learn that they are far from lazy, broken, or stupid. In fact, we end up rewriting the narrative of their entire childhood.Continue reading
Explaining ADHD to anyone is complicated, never mind a young child! For starters, “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder:”