A Permanent Solution to ADHD & Dyslexia

A Permanent Solution to ADHD & Dyslexia

Forget medication. While medicine can help some of these kids with focus issues, we believe that it’s really just putting a Bandaid on a symptom. The real problem is the way their brains process the information they are presented. 

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Finally, Good News for Parents? of Kids Taking ADD/ADHD Medication

Finally, Good News for Parents of Kids Taking ADD/ADHD Medication

Posted by George Hersh on 2/22/16 11:36 AM  

Your child is bright. You know that, and if he or she has been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, you need to understand that your child’s problem is not intellectual, it’s neurological.

The good news is that ADD and ADHD can be corrected through physio-neuro treatment - permanently! We know it sounds too good to be true...a permanent fix? For ADD or ADHD? It’s true! We see it every day at Pheno Brain Training, right here in Overland Park. We see kids get off of their medication within 60 to 90 days of starting the therapy program. They simply don’t need it.

 

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We imagine you are at least a tiny bit skeptical. That’s to be expected. We encourage you to come in and hear more about the program. Talk to other parents who have seen dramatic changes in their child’s ability to learn, enjoyment in school, and even relationships with siblings and parents. We are excited about this program because we see the results on a daily basis.

 

 We’d love to help your child reach his or her potential.  For more information, feel free to call us and ask as many questions as you’d like. Our number is (913) 608-9343.

 

Our blog topics are about understanding and improving the way we learn

You will find a variety of topics and tips to help with your or your loved ones learning challenges

The world of Physio Nuerotherapy is evolving quickly in regards to how a child learns as well as how adults learn. Pheno Brain Training is commited to staying on the edge and reporting the latest industry findings as well as providing helpful tips on a variety of related topics. Please check in often or even subscribe to our blog. 

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Educational Therapy can be helpful with learning disabilities

Educational Therapy can be helpful with learning disabilities

Posted by Mark Hersh on 1/20/15 9:00 AM

You may never heard of the phrase “position in space”, but everyone knows someone who has a weak position in space processing skill.   In our educational therapy program, position in space refers to a person’s ability to determine relationships. This can range from a person’s physical position when talking with another person, to understanding where one fits into society, work or school. These relationships can be both physical and emotional. This learning process is not usually addressed with a traditional tutor.

Have you ever known someone who gets uncomfortably close during a conversation or maybe they stand way back? Either way, it can distract from the conversation making it difficult to focus on what is important. These are physical symptoms of someone with a low position in space.   Other physical symptoms are not being able to find a car in a parking lot or you may easily lose your place on the page as you read.

Emotional symptoms can be even more damaging to ones life as they are not able to understand personal relationships with other people. Some people may act like they’re your best friend when in reality you aren’t that close. Or maybe someone doesn’t understand how important he or she is to you. Also, if you notice someone who switches from being very shy to obnoxious, that can be another emotional symptom.

What is truly amazing is most of the time people who demonstrate these behaviors are completely unaware they are doing something unnatural or different. It can be glaringly obvious to others, but nothing is different in their mind. Through our life management skills and exercises in our programs, we are able to increase ones position in space processing skill and it can be drastically life changing.

A low position in space is one of the more common weaknesses we see when doing our evaluations. Behind Size, Mental picture, and Figure Ground, it is the most common weakness we see with children and adults with learning disabilities.   Once this processing skill is strengthened a whole new world emerges and great relationships are built. This can also dramatically help with school work.

One of the great side benefits we have noticed with our first students who have graduated, is the relationship that is built between the student and trainer (usually one of the parents). Our programs consists of the student and trainer meeting with us, the instructor, one day a week for an hour and completing the exercises at home five days a week. So, the student and trainer spend an hour together almost everyday for six-months. Then, you add in that we are teaching them about their position in space and how to understand relationships, the student realizes how much the trainer is trying to help them succeed in school and in life. This creates a great bond between the two. We’ve even heard a student say they don’t want to graduate from the program because they enjoy the time together so much. We’ve especially seen this in kids who are part of a big family with many siblings who may not feel as connected as they’d like to be with their parents. It is very exciting to see how many different ways this program helps kids and their parents.

There are 10 neurological processes, including position in space, that our program strengthens which has made the rusults of our program so overwhelmingly successful. Our entire program focuses on developing connections so the brain can correctly process information. To learn more about these neurological processes and our program, please visit:http://www.phenobraintrianing.com

The world of Physio Nuerotherapy is evolving quickly in regards to how a child learns as well as how adults learn. Pheno Brain Training is commited to staying on the edge and reporting the latest industry findings as well as providing helpful tips on a variety of related topics. Please check in often or even subscribe to our blog. 

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To Medicate or Not? Biggest Complaints on ADD/ADHD Medications

To Medicate or Not?  Biggest Complaints on ADD/ADHD Medications

According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 11 percent of children ages 4 to 17 have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  What was the basis for their diagnosis?  We have found that many parents take their kids to the doctor after they have experienced issues at school.  The easiest and most prescribed treatment for ADHD by doctors is to medicate the child. But, is this your only option?

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Is Your Child Dyslexic? TAKE THESE TESTS!

Did you know that dyslexia is one of the most common learning difficulties affecting children and adults? It is now estimated that about 17 percent of the population is dyslexic. People who have dyslexia usually struggle with reading, writing, and spelling. They tend to excel at other areas in school and work and show signs of very high intelligence. Throughout this article, we will give you some quick tests to check if your child may be dyslexic. We will also explain dyslexia in more detail and show you some benefits (yes, there are some benefits) to having dyslexia.

One of the telltale signs that your child (or you) has dyslexia is the reversal of letters or words. They may see b as d or see the word “was” instead of “saw”. They lack the neuron connections in the brain that tell them what the order of letters should be as they read. This can also be classified as a visual processing disorder. As you can imagine, it makes reading comprehension almost impossible. Other signs of dyslexia can be excessively sloppy handwriting and poor time management. These symptoms are not definitive as dyslexia, but may be a sign of it.  There are a variety of tests one that can be taken to see if you or your child has dyslexia.  

Surprisingly, there are benefits to dyslexia.  One of the great ones is the ability to think in 3D. Often times your child (or you) will have very detailed memories of certain events or locations they attended. The ability to think in 3D can be very beneficial, but the 2D world where most of school takes place can be very difficult. Certain jobs are tailor-made for people with dyslexia. Imagine being a contractor and being able to have a complete 3D image of the house or structure you’re building in your head. They may not be able to read a blueprint, but to them it might not be necessary (they’ve already got a clear picture).

It has been estimated that around 20 percent of CEOs and self-made millionaires are dyslexic. What’s more, it is estimated that about 40 percent of prison inmates are dyslexic. Those statistics prove that there can be great success or painful frustration. If someone can harness the true potential of their dyslexia, they can be very successful. This can be accomplished with academic tutoring and brain training - building the required neurons needed to fully function in any environment.

There are many symptoms of dyslexia that make school very difficult. There are also some great benefits of dyslexia. If you can control the negative and focus on the positive, being dyslexic can be a great advantage in life. A neurotherapyprogram can rewire the brain, making academics easier. With the right tutoring program or dyslexia tutoring program, great success can be achieved.

Our program helps children and adults with dyslexia and other learning issues.  If you are not sure if you or your child has dyslexia, or you have been diagnosed, contact us.  We are your link to better learning.www.phenobraintraining.com.  

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Keep Your Cool This Summer: Parents Need Breaks Too

Summer break may be fun for kids who started counting down the days in April to when they could chant, “No More School” and “No More Books.” However, this time of year can create additional stress for parents, especially if your child is hyperactive, impulsive or has frequent sensory meltdowns. As a parent you need to stay rested and refreshed.  Your health and mental wellness depend on it! How can you keep your cool?

  1. Schedule Time That Isn’t Scheduled - Between play dates, sleepovers, day camp or summer school, a child’s life can quickly become as regimented and scheduled as it was during the school year. Pick one or two days during the week where nothing is planned. This will help take some of the pressure off your child to stick to a schedule and enjoy some much needed down time.
  2. Boredom is Fine - When raising kids with ADHD, don’t feel the need to keep your child occupied every minute of the day in order to keep them happy. When a child says “I’m bored,” resist the urge to fill that gap with a crafty idea or experiment. Children will make remarkable use of unstructured time by using creative play and their imaginations. Rely on the words our parents used to tell us as kids: “Go outside and play!”
  3. Make Classroom Contacts - Has your child formed a friendship with a student in their classroom this year? Make contact with them, befriend the parents. Being able to continue this connection through the summer will help your child continue healthy social connections, and also give you a parenting break while the kids play.
  4. Mandatory Quiet Time - Work with your child to schedule a 30-minute or one-hour block of each day that will be designated “quiet time.” This is when everyone in the house will retreat to their rooms for a short period of quiet. You can even break this into smaller chunks more frequently throughout the day. These parenting breaks are a good chance for both kids and parents to rest, nap, read, or just zone out. Can’t get your child to settle down even for a minute at home? Try giving them a book or blank pieces of paper with colored pencils – ask them to draw you a picture while you take a time out.
  5. Exercise is Great Stress Relief - Involve your child in a daily exercise that you can both enjoy together. It can be a few yoga poses, a quick run or jog around the block, or a bike ride around the neighborhood. The physical activity can be a welcome release for both you and your child after a hot summer’s day.

Summer is also a great time to get your child ready for the next school year.  At Pheno Brain Training, we use a program to help children overcome any learning obstacles they may have.  Our program helps with academic, athletic and professional performance and provides parents with peace of mind.  From ADHD to dyslexia to Asperger’s, we work with all of our students to maximize their potential.  We are more than tutors, we are you and your child’s link to better learning. Contact us today to schedule an assessment.

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Understanding Cognition; Understanding Your (Child’s) Learning Process

What are cognitive skills? Simply put, this form of development refers to one's abilities to gain meaning and knowledge from experience and information. At Pheno Brain Training, we assess a person’s cognitive skills and customize our programs to meet their needs.  But, what are cognitive skills and how do they determine how an individual learns?

Why Cognition Is Complex

Cognition is more than just learning information. Instead, it’s the ability to think about new information, process it and speak about it. In addition, cognition involves the application of this new information to other, previously acquired information. 

As children mature, for example, they develop the ability to think on higher levels. They can process information more skillfully and make connections to other information more easily. In other words, their thinking skills get progressively better.

Children should be able to improve their ability to focus, to remember information and think more critically as they age. Cognitive skills allow children to understand the relationships between ideas, to grasp the process of cause and effect and to improve their analytical skills. All in all, cognitive skill development not only can benefit your child in the classroom but outside of class as well.

Understanding the relationship between cause and effect can prevent children from giving in to peer pressure and making poor choices. It can also help them realize that if they play video games instead of doing their homework, they will likely do poorly on the quiz they have in math class the next day.

Nature vs. Nurture

Genetics do play a role in a child's cognitive skill development, but these skills can also be taught through practice and training. A child, without a disorder such as 

ADHD

, can learn to pay attention. That being said, while most preschool-aged children have short attention spans of about 15 minutes, the typical third-grader should be able to pay attention for a longer amount of time.

Children can be taught to focus on completing a task by removing distractions such as toys, TV or talking while trying to finish their homework. Parents, teachers and caregivers can help children develop cognitive skills by asking them questions about a story they read, a field trip they made or a project they completed. By questioning children about their experiences, adults motivate children to think, reflect and engage in critical thinking. 

When Your Child Misses Cognitive Skill Milestones

Sometimes children fail to hit age-appropriate cognitive skill milestones. Since all children are different and meet milestones at their own pace, failing to meet the mark at a certain age doesn't necessarily mean a child has a 

learning disability

. If you're concerned about your child's cognitive development, however, don't ignore the warning signs or your gut instincts. Speak to your child's teacher or contact us, we’d be happy to provide a cognitive assessment for your child.

Your pediatrician or the school district may be quick to label your child as having a learning disability.  We would first determine if and what aspect of your child’s cognitive process are delayed.

If your child does have a learning disability, it's important to seek help as soon as possible before the disability or disorder has the opportunity to stymie academic advancement and create 

psychosocial 

problems.

Many children with learning disabilities go on to pursue higher education and lead fulfilling and productive lives. We help children with a wide array of learning obstacle excel at academics, sports and life.

If you or someone you know would like a cognitive evaluation, we are offering a FREE assessment if you schedule an appointment by August 15 2017 and you will receive a $500 discount if you enroll in one of our programs by the ned of August 2017 as well.  If there is a topic you would like to see addressed in a future blog, please let us know.  

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End of School Year, End of ADHD Medications?

Kids all over the metro are celebrating the end of the school year.  No more school.  No more books.  No more ADHD/ADD medications?

It is amazing how many children and adults, alike, are diagnosed with ADHD/ADD and how many are given prescription medications to help ‘keep them focused’ or ‘calm them down’.  But, is this the right tactic?

Many families, in a quest to save money and get their ‘real’ child back, make the decision to go off prescription medicines during the summer.  Why?  Because most kids and their parents don’t like the way the drugs make them feel.  But they stay on them during the school year to placate school administration.

The number one reason parents send their children to the doctor or specialist is because the child is having issues at school.  The problems aren’t necessarily academic, they could be due to sensory or impulse control issues.

We recently worked with a kid who was extremely bright with great athletic skills…as long as he was on medication.  When he was on his prescribed drugs, he was a straight A student.  However, when his parents took him off his meds, his impulse control, behavior, attention and ability to focus all dropped – impacting his school performance.

This young man had a great personality, fun and outgoing – as long as he wasn’t on his medications.  They felt they had no option but to keep him on prescriptions (for the school’s sake) until they heard of Pheno Brain Training from one student who had just finished our program.

We were honored that this young man’s parents trusted us to work with their son.  Since we are able to scale our work to adapt to anyone’s ability or background, we were able to work him and help him succeed.

This kid started the program in the summer and started his 8th-grade year without taking his ADHD medications.  We were so happy to hear that he kept his straight-A average and became one of the top-performing students in his private school.

While we work hard to keep individuals off of medications, our programs help in other ways as well.  If you are or have an athlete in the family, our programs can help hone certain skills to improve their game. 

Athletes work hard to get and keep their body in shape.  But what about their mental game?  Training your muscles is great, but training your brain completes the athletic package.  What improves a person’s performance?  Training the subconscious to make better decisions faster through brain training.

We had a young baseball player come to us who was an okay pitcher. He came to us for one issue, but during our program, his parents, trainers and coaches started to see a major improvement in his pitching control. Our program helped him control his thoughts and impulse control which led to improved pitching talent   he was able to control his thought and impulse control started showing up in his pitching control.  What’s more?  He accomplished all of this WITHOUT medications.


If you or someone you know has questions or concerns about ADHD/ADD medications or would like to hear more about our programs that help individuals succeed without medications, contact us!  Visit our website www.phenobraintraining.com for more information.

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We Don't Teach Information. We Teach Your Brain How to Process Information.

There are very few people who are good at everything. They may seem to be, but if you asked them, they would probably list a myriad of areas where they feel they lack confidence. Some people are great at language but stink at math. Others are directionally challenged. Some can speak confidently to a crowd, but get nervous in one-on-one situations. 

 

Every day, different people are challenged differently by things they just don’t do as well as other around them. And usually, our greatest fear is that others will find out and we will feel inferior. At Pheno Brain Training we help individuals of all ages identify their weak areas, customize a plan to fit their needs and work with them (training their brain) until they reach their goals.

 

Your Brain Can Be Trained

 

The reason we are all different, is because we are unique individuals born with specific gifts and shortcomings. The secret is constantly improving ourselves. The good news is that your amazing brain is capable of learning and overcoming these shortcomings. Yes, overcoming them. At Pheno Brain Training, our job is to discover the areas where you need help and get you the specific help you need. Our LearningTechnics program is designed to do just that.

 

How the our Program Works

 

We assess the person to determine their strengths and weaknesses for ten core learning processes.

  1. Focus - Difficulty staying on task, poor eye control, poor handwriting.
  2. Cross Pattern - Poor comprehension and/or decoding skills, difficulty remembering concepts from day to day
  3. Motor Match - Lack of fluency in physical and mental activities
  4. Mental Picture/Visual Memory - Poor spelling,  comprehension, poor visual memory
  5. Tracking - Difficulty with fluency, skipping words or lines
  6. Figure Ground - Easily distracted, responds to all stimuli within the surrounding environment
  7. Directional Discrimination - Letter or word reversals, problems identifying left and right, difficulty with a sequence of instructions
  8. Position in Space - Difficulty with coordination and social skills; easily lost or disoriented in unfamiliar settings
  9. Size - Poor sense of timing; difficulty with the time component of task management; misinterpretation of the importance of situations (can underreact or overreact)
  10. Shape - Low comprehension, difficulty understanding math concepts

 

Once we determine where the weak areas are, we can focus our training on improving these areas. We use physioneuro therapy (a combination of physical and mental exercises) to "reprogram" the neurological processing skills. New connections are formed, synapses fire differently, and before you know it, your brain is growing and learning new things. 

 

We don't just help children.  We pride ourselves in helping teenagers, young adults and professionals succeed as well.  We are more than tutors - we are brain trainers - helping individuals of all ages reach and exceed their potential.

 

If you or your child need an evaluation, contact us!  If you have a topic you would like to see addressed in a future blog, please let us know.  We value your feedback.

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If Your Child Has Autism, Watch This Video

If Your Child Has Autism, Watch This Video

It uses re-patterning of neuro processors in the brain, much like the re-patterning to re-train stroke victims how to speak. We create new connections that help them process information more easily.

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A Breakthrough Program Pinpoints Problem Areas in Your Brain and Works Specifically on Them

There are very few people who are good at everything. Sure, they may seem to be, but if you asked them, they’d likely list a myriad of areas where they feel they lack confidence. Some people are great at language but stink at math. Others are directionally challenged. Some can speak confidently to a crowd, but get nervous in one-on-one situations. Every day, different people are challenged differently by things they just don’t do as well as other around them. And usually, our greatest fear is that others will find out and we will feel inferior.

 

Your Brain Can Be Trained

The reason we are all different, is because we are unique individuals born with specific gifts and shortcomings. The secret is constantly improving ourselves. The good news is that your amazing brain is capable of learning and overcoming these shortcomings. Yes, overcoming them. At Pheno Brain Training, our job is to discover the areas where you need help and get you the specific help you need. Our LearningTechnics program is designed to do just that.

 

How Our Program Works

We assess the person to determine their strengths and weaknesses for ten core learning processes.

  1. Focus - Difficulty staying on task, poor eye control, poor handwriting.
  2. Cross Pattern - Poor comprehension and/or decoding skills, difficulty remembering concepts from day to day
  3. Motor Match - Lack of fluency in physical and mental activities
  4. Mental Picture/Visual Memory - Poor spelling, decoding, comprehension, poor visual memory
  5. Tracking - Difficulty with fluency, skipping words or lines
  6. Figure Ground - Easily distracted, responds to all stimuli within the surrounding environment
  7. Directional Discrimination - Letter or word reversals, problems identifying left and right, difficulty with a sequence of instructions
  8. Position in Space - Difficulty with coordination and social skills; easily lost or disoriented in unfamiliar settings
  9. Size - Poor sense of timing; difficulty with the time component of task management; misinterpretation of the importance of situations (can underreact or overreact)
  10. Shape - Low comprehension, difficulty understanding math concepts

 

Once we determine where the weak areas are, we can focus our training on improving these areas. We use a therapy (a combination of physical and mental exercises) to "reprogram" the neurological processing skills. New connections are formed, synapses fire differently, and before you know it, your brain is growing and learning new things. 

 

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He Said, She Said - What a Mom and Son Experienced with Pheno Brain Training

BEN - It doesn’t really seem like you are learning stuff while you’re doing the physical exercises George had me do, but it makes your brain work differently. I was surprised to do juggling and jumping rope. It took me a month to master jumping rope, but it definitely didn’t feel like learning. The ball tracking was my favorite exercise. It was relaxing. Now, after school is not packed anymore because I get most of my work done in school. I play games and friends come over right after school so we can play or study together for tests. I feel like I’m more in control of my life. 

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What Is Neuroplasticity and Why Is It So Exciting?

What Is Neuroplasticity and Why Is It So Exciting?

The two most important things to remember about physio-neuro therapy is that 1) it works, and that 2) the results are permanent. It's the second part that makes it so exciting. Our name itself was derived from the two words physio and neuro. Combine them to form Pheno.

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See What It’s Like to Read with Dyslexia

See What It’s Like to Read with Dyslexia

Dyslexia Is a Processing Issue 

No one knows the exact cause of dyslexia, but recent research has shown that the difficulty lies in how the brain interprets the information it’s being given. It is not a visual problem, but more of a processing issue within the brain. At Pheno Brain Training,

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When His IEP Failed to Improve His Grades, Our Program Succeeded

When His IEP Failed to Improve His Grades, Our Program Succeeded

Alex* was a freshman in high school when he started the Learning Technics program through Pheno Brain Training in 2014. He was depressed and suffered from anxiety. He had an IEP, but his grades and behavior weren’t improving. His mother said he was unorganized, unfocused, and had trouble turning in assignments even after he’d completed them. She was very frustrated. Alex started the program and not only did his grades improve, but his teachers noticed a difference in his behavior. His mother said, “The usual negative observations about my son had changed to markedly improved by all his teachers as the year progressed.”

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Stop! 3 Things to Ask Yourself before Hiring a Tutor for Your Child

Stop! 3 Things to Ask Yourself before Hiring a Tutor for Your Child

But sometimes a tutor is only a Bandaid on a bigger problem. How is a parent to know? Here are three questions that Pheno Brain Training recommends you ask yourself if you are thinking of hiring a tutor.

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20% of Kids Have Learning Issues. Does Yours?

20% of Kids Have Learning Issues. Does Yours?

There are many types of learning disorders. The Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) identifies eleven different categories of neurologically-based processing problems. Each has a link if you’d like to learn more.

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When One Mom Said No to ADD Medication

When One Mom Said No to ADD Medication

We were at our wits end,” She had seen some ads on Facebook about Pheno Brain Training, but was skeptical. After watching the  PBS video, having a free evaluation done by Pheno Brain Training, speaking with two other moms whose kids were in the program and were very happy with the results they were seeing, she decided it was worth a try. I felt like I had three choices - medication, Pheno Brain Training, or essential oils, which she was using to help Matt with focus.  Pheno Brain Training seemed like best long-term solution.

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7 Tricks for Stopping Your Child’s Meltdowns for Good

7 Tricks for Stopping Your Child’s Meltdowns for Good

Make sure your child understands the punishment. By discussing what type of punishment will happen before a meltdown occurs, your child will be less likely to have the breakdown. No child wants to go to timeout, so by letting them know what the punishment will be, they may decide against a meltdown.

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Tips for Combatting Impulse Control Issues at Home and School

Tips for Combatting Impulse Control Issues at Home and School

There are some things you can do to help your child in school and at home. Here are some solutions from the specialists at PhenoBrain Training you can try.

Don’t Forget Positive Reinforcement - Have a consequence for bad behaviors, but also respond to good behaviors with praise.

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