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How Can We Support the Development of Self-Reflection Skills?

How Can We Support the Development of Self-Reflection Skills?

Support the Development of Self-Reflection Skills Jaclyn Baharestani Special Projects Coordinator, Winston Innovation Lab Self-reflection can often be the gateway to the independence and self-efficacy we hope to foster in our students. This awareness of self, particularly one’s own strengths and weaknesses, gives them the tools to consciously pause and assess their thoughts, actions, successes, […]

The 3 C’s to a Successful Distance Learning Program

Successful Distance Learning Program Michele Heimbauer Associate Director of Winston Innovation Lab There are 3 key components that have contributed to the success of Distance Learning within the WPS community: Consistency, Connections, and Communication. CONSISTENCY Providing stability with a familiar and consistent learning environment has been an integral feature of the WPS Distance Learning model. […]

Struggles with Math and Comprehension? Visual-Spatial Skills Could Be the Reason.

Visual Spatial Skills Michele Heimbauer Associate Director of Winston Innovation Lab Does your child often confuse their left from right? Do they struggle when asked to copy information from the board or a book? Do they have a hard time arranging their materials in their desk, locker, or room? Do they get lost easily, especially […]

A Comprehensive Look at Learning Disabilities and Math Development

Learning Disabilities And Math Development Kristen Atkins Head of School, WPSSFN Making Math Count Math, who needs it? We all do! It is a sobering fact that many students with learning differences are falling behind in the study of mathematics. According to a study completed by the National Research Council entitled, “Everybody Counts: A Report […]

What is Dysgraphia?

Dysgraphia Kelly Thompson Monmouth County Project Coordinator WPS Teacher Dysgraphia is a condition that affects a child’s ability to effectively acquire writing skills. Although dysgraphia is primarily linked to poor handwriting, its scope is actually much wider and more complex. Similar to a child learning to read, the process of writing and learning to write […]

More Than Just An ADHD Diagnosis

Adhd Diagnosis Michele Heimbauer Associate Director of Winston Innovation Lab Students are often diagnosed with ADHD when they struggle to perform in ways that are expected in the classroom. Though this label can be comforting to some, it is largely inadequate in helping to understand an individual student so that we can develop an effective […]

Non Verbal / Right Hemispheric Learning Disorders

Non Verbalright Hemispheric Learning Disorders The landscape of diagnostic understanding regarding right hemispheric learning disorders, Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD), Aspergers, and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) remains murky. We, and other professionals (NVLD Project) do not believe the current diagnostic framework captures the nuanced patterns of strength and weaknesses for students impacted by this general category […]

Can a Fidget Spinner Help My Child Focus | Toys for ADHD and Autism

Fidget Spinner Fidget toys have become more and more popular WPS teachers and leaders are frequently asked whether these fidget spinners are an Autism and ADHD treatment. At WPS teachers are dedicated to helping students who struggle with self-regulation acquire the strategies they as an individual need to succeed independently, as opposed to offering a […]

Executive Functioning Difficulties

Executive Functioning Difficulties Executive Functioning difficulties are not well understood. We frequently hear from parents, students and educators who have questions and express confusion about this area of struggle. They see many kids diagnosed with ADHD and ADD, which are ostensibly about “attention”, but many people don’t fully understand what these diagnoses really mean, where […]

What Is Non-Verbal Learning Disorder?

Non Verbal Learning Disorder Caroline Miller Editorial Director, Child Mind Institute This is the first in a series of articles about non-verbal learning disorder developed in collaboration with Winston Preparatory School, a New York area school that has taken a leading role in working with students with the disorder. When we think of learning disorders, we […]