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Back-to-School Structure for Cognitive Disorders

Dr. Mark Goldenberg discusses routine readiness

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Norwalk, CT | Added on August 26, 2014 At 06:11 PM

Millions of children across the nation are heading back to school and experts say 1 out of 4 of them struggle with some sort of neurological disorder. 

"This type of year is very tricky for them because you're going from a summer into a more structured environment and kids who have any type of neurobehavioral weaknesses tend not to do well with changes." 

Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist Dr. Mark Goldenberg at Brain Balance Achievement Centers in Norwalk says it's important to transition your child slowly into a school routine by keeping good habits in check.

"Not only is it a transition going from summer time to school time, but as the light starts to get lessened and we go through a lot of daylight to less day light, children could start developing seasonal effective disorder," said Goldenberg. 

Goldenberg says parents should be able to offer their children reasonable choices to maintain a structured routine and effectively communicate with teachers throughout the school year.  

"Kids who know their structure and know their schedule tend to do very, very well when school starts because they know what's expected of them. Give them rewards for meeting these expectations, but these expectations need to be very clear and well laid-out so you can use a chart, you did your homework, you did your fifteen minutes of reading, excellent, give yourself a check, so now they are invested in their own improvement."  

He says in order to incorporate structure into a routine, a parent must also be the one to follow it.  

"Have clear expectations for your child, work with them. Have them become part of the process," said Goldenberg. "A parent should have their chart. Did I talk to my child about the three best things that happened today, did I talk to my child about the three things that maybe didn't go so well. Am I giving my child the proper rewards, am I praising them correctly." 

Goldenberg says the school year is the best time where parents can identify their child's cognitive weaknesses, and strengthen them. 


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