Child Development

/Child Development

Q: How can I help develop critical thinking skills in my child?

A: Critical thinking skills are important for students at all academic levels.  Critical thinking is the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgment. This skill will not only help with school.  Analyzing and evaluating ideas will remain an important skill to have as an adult as well. Here are [...]

Processing Difficulties in Learning

Parents often share concerns with me that their student is struggling with "processing." There are many different types of processing issues. It is helpful to better understand information processing and where it can break down for some students. Information processing is a complex, multi-step process. First, the brain collects information through our different senses (known [...]

Processing Speed: What it is and Why it is Important

Processing Speed is the fluency and speed with which one can incorporate all types of information. It is believed to be age-related and the increased processing speed that occurs with development has been linked to improvements in attention and working memory, which are then associated to increases in reasoning and problem solving abilities. Imagine reading [...]

What is the difference between A.D.D. and A.D.H.D.?

A: Good question! It is all A.D.H.D. (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)—whether you have the “H” or not! According to our diagnostic manual, psychologists diagnose all people with an attention disorder with ADHD but include one of three presentations: Predominantly Inattentive, Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive, or Combined Presentation. We are also required to specify the severity level of a client’s [...]