A New R in School – RTI

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Tommy is struggling to learn how to read while Sally does not seem to understand how to do math. Tommy and Sally’s parents know their children are struggling but don’t know where to turn to get the help that their children seem to need. What most parents don’t know is that there has been a major change in the way that schools try to help…

Putting Your Child on the MAP

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

As the mother rummages through her son’s backpack for his homework and other school letters, she finds a page with tables labeled Mathematics and Reading that is full of numbers. More importantly, her son’s name is at the top along with his elementary school. It certainly looks important and official but what it means is another matter. A score of 195 is reported but there…

Turning Around the Bedtime Battle

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The clock strikes eight o’clock and a small shiver goes down the spines of the mom and dad. Shortly the bedtime battle will begin. It is something that both parents dread.  There is always something that delays the kids from going to bed. Either a favorite blanket can’t be found or an overwhelming thirst overtakes one of them just as she gets tucked in. The…

Screentime in the Summer

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The sun is bright outside and the kids are out of school for summer vacation. Rather than hearing the yelling of kids playing outside, it is eerily quiet. As the father goes back inside to finish some chores around the house, he notices that all three of his children are looking at the screens on their various electronic devices. One child is texting to friends…

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