Instilling Self-Confidence in Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Here honey, let mommy do that,” said the mother as she reached for her daughter’s shoes to help put them on. The two year old looked squarely at her mother, yanked away the shoes and said, “I do it.” The little girl in this case was firmly expressing her self-confidence that she could put on the shoes by herself. As children get older, parents want…

Inattention in School and Disorders

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Tommy, could you read the next section in our book?” the teacher asked Tommy. Tommy looked around sheepishly and said, “Where are we in the reading?” The teacher was not surprised by Tommy’s response as she often had to remind him of what he was supposed to be doing in class. He also was having difficulty in turning in his homework and completing his class…

Brain Training Programs and Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The advertisements show up on TV and the internet. These ads claim that by doing brain training exercises people can improve their ability to multi-task, pay better attention, and be able to learn and remember more. These types of improvements sound like they would be perfect for students. The area of brain fitness training is expanding at a rapid rate. Companies such as Lumosity, Cogmed,…

Developing Self-Control for Success

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“I am going to give you a marshmallow right now. However, if you can wait until I come back before eating it, I will give you another.” That is the instruction from a classic psychological study referred to as the “marshmallow experiment”. The point of the study was to measure young children’s self-control and see how it predicted later behavior. Self-control refers to children learning…

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