Manalapan Township Learning Disabilities

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Empowered Learning Transformation Centers

Where every Family's need are uniquely met.

The Empowered Learning Transformation Centers provides a compassionate, state of the art approach to the assessment and treatment of behavioral, educational  and developmental challenges in children and adults. The services are provided in a fun, family oriented environment.

 

Our innovative programs endeavor to create synergistic treatment opportunities. Sometimes you or your child may need even more. The Center's community of families then come together in our group programs to learn from each other.

 

Our qualified staff provides a vast array of individualized services tailored to your needs or the needs of your child, teen, or family.

 

ADHD Talking Points 

What is it? Three major groups of symptoms make up this disorder; inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. Individuals with ADHD have difficulty sustaining attention at home, at school or in the work-place. These symptoms are usually present before the age of seven years, must be present in more than two settings and there must be evidence of impairment in those settings as well.

 

ADHD and Giftedness

Howard’s teachers say he just isn’t working up to his ability. He doesn’t finish his assignments, or just puts down answers without showing his work; his handwriting and spelling are poor. He sits and fidgets in class, talks to others, and often disrupts class by interrupting others. He used to shout out the answers to the teacher’s questions (they were usually right), but now he daydreams a lot and seems distracted. Does Howard have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), is he gifted, or both?

 

Frequently, bright children have been referred to psychologists or pediatricians because they have exhibited certain behaviors (e.g., restlessness, inattention, impulsivity, high activity level, daydreaming) commonly associated with a diagnosis of ADHD. Formally, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III-R) (American Psychiatric Association) lists 14 characteristics that may be found in children diagnosed as having ADHD. At least 8 of these characteristics must be present, the onset must be before age 7, and they must be present for at least six months.

 

Anxiety and Stress

These challenges can be frustrating, even scary to live with! With the right support and practice, you can better understand your moods and make changes so your life is more peaceful. Your individualized treatment plan should enhance success in the critical areas of your life: family, school, friends and self.

 

Chill Out Handout

When we feel stressed or under pressure, our body does things to help protect us. Some of us make our muscles tight as a suit of armor (like what happens if someone is going to hit you in the stomach). Some of us breathe really fast or hold our breath a lot.

 

Others of us get funny feelings in ou stomachs and feel like we have to go to the bathroom a lot. These things are our bodies’ way of helping us to get ready to either fight or run away from the danger, even though the danger may only be that we are afraid to do poorly on a test, or upset someone. Our bodies don’t really care what is stressing us; they only want to protect us. The trouble is that if our muscles are tight for a long time they start to hurt, like a headache. If we breathe fast for too long, we can get dizzy and feel sick.

 

If our stomach is upset, we can get a stomach ache or have diarrhea. You can help yourself to chill out by doing a couple of simple things: Change your breathing and loosen your muscles! We suggest you practice these skills daily for 1 month.

 

Helping Children deal with Teasing

Teasing cannot be prevented, and children cannot control what others say; however, they can learn to control their own reactions. Parents can teach their children the simple strategies that will empower them and reduce feelings of helplessness. When children realize that there are effective strategies that they can use in teasing situations, their coping skills are strengthened.

 

The Defiant Child

What are directives? Directives are expectations that you have of your child and that you express to your child. Giving your child a directive is a way of letting him or her know what she or he is expected to do. Directives are different from threats. Threats are “scare tactics” or consequences used to scare or intimidate the child about what will happen if he or she does not comply. Directives are simply telling your child what is expected of him or her.

 

Calming Children's Fears

Our hearts go out to the families and friends affected by the tragedy that took place in Connecticut. Above is a handout that will help calm children everywhere.

 

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