Cognitive Development

Does my Child Need an Assessment?

By Michelle Kerslake, M.Ed. At this time of year, many parents are concerned about their child’s success at school.  Maybe their report card marks are not meeting grade level expectations or the teacher has commented that they are having more challenges than the other children in their class.  Your child’s teacher may have even recommended an assessment for your child.  Regardless, you feel like your child is not performing to their potential at school.  So, how do parents decide if their child needs an assessment? Let’s begin with understanding what a learning...
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AD/HD – When Medication Isn’t the Answer or Isn’t Enough

By Karen Sribney, M.Ed., Registered Psychologist Originally published by Eckert Centre in 2009; minor revisions made in 2015 You or your child has been diagnosed with AD/HD.  You are now faced with the many options available to deal with the challenges that come with this diagnosis.  Some people choose to meet with their physician and try medication, a course of treatment that has been researched for over 60 years.  Along with behavioral strategies, this form of treatment is very effective.  In fact, research suggests that these two forms of treatment together produce...
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PACE – My Concrete Foundation

By Michelle Kerslake, M.Ed., Registered Psychologist Originally published by Eckert Centre in 2009; minor revisions made in 2015 High school math was a nightmare for me.  I barely passed Grade Ten and Eleven math, even with tutoring three times a week.  In fact, I received 48% in my Grade Eleven math class and my teacher passed me only because I completed all of my homework.  Approaching Grade Twelve math, I knew I needed a good mark to get into university, so I studied in the summer with a tutor before taking the...
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Magnificently Minded

Their Beautiful Minds: The Smart Child Who Struggles Edward M. Hallowell, M.D** (adapted by Karen Sribney, M.Ed., R. Psych.) Originally published in 2009; minor revisions made in 2017   I have a daughter diagnosed with AD/HD. I find, both as a parent and as a psychologist who diagnoses and treats AD/HD, that there are times when it is difficult to look beyond the challenges demonstrated by my daughter and my clients. I realize how difficult it is to live with this focus on a daily basis when we have a child, spouse, parent, sibling,...
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