All posts tagged: back-to-school prep

Could Gold Stars and Praise really be a detriment to your child? Alfie Kohn talks about this and more in PUNISHED BY REWARDS

By Leslie Lindsay  Back–to–School Series: Remember the 1990s? Were you raising kids then, or maybe you were one? Do you recall the incentive programs teachers dangled–“If you read 100 books you get this?” or, the BookIt! Program through Pizza Hut–a star for every title you completed and so many stars got you a personal pan pizza at your local restaurant? But that was just books and reading incentives. Countless medals were given to every kid on every sports team across the U.S.: “Most Improved,” “MVP,” “Most Likely to Sit on the Bench.” Okay, that last one is a bit of a joke, but in all seriousness, there seemed to have been an award for just about anything. And then these kids grew up. They started expecting similar accolades in college, in the workplace. Everyone started believing that they were exceptional. But maybe they weren’t.  In 1993, Alfie Kohn challenged this basic strategy we use for raising children, teaching students, and managing employees, which he summarized in six words: “Do this and you’ll get that.”  This …

Apraxia Monday: Prepping for a Successful School Year

By Leslie Lindsay It may be that the days of sunshine and freedom are coming to end.  Our little people head to school again–soon.  If your child also has childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), that can mean more worries and concerns for you. Here’s a few tips to get you started preparing kids for back-to-school (adjust according to age, developmental level): If your kiddo will be headed off to school for the first time without you (language-based, special-ed preschool), begin by chatting about the change in positive terms, “Hey, guess what?!  You’ll be going to preschool soon.”  You can show a calendar page with the date and the days leading up to school. We drove by the preschool several times on our way around town.  Once, we even packed a picnic and had lunch at the playground. When you learn the name of your child’s teacher, practice saying it.  You may want to even have your private-based SLP work with your child on the teacher’s name, along with other school-based words or phrases (“Wait!”  “I …