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Helping students achieve school success

Evaluating Your Child’s Attention

“How bad is bad?” What’s the big deal about attention? Focusing, shifting, and dividing attention is constantly needed throughout the day. If it’s not a problem for you it will be hard to empathize with a child that struggles with it. If it focused attention does not come naturally, it is often extremely frustrating. The…
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Mindful Feeling

As I nervously waited for the oral surgeon to start extracting my lower 2nd molar, I decided which podcast would most distract me from the experience. After achieving a state of plenty-numbed, I started listening to NPR’s TED Radio Hour (a synthesis of TED talks on one topic, in this case “Happiness”). I felt a…
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Over 1500 School Shootings- Discussion Points

At Total Learning Centers (TLC) today we had an all-school assembly to talk about the shooting last week in Florida.   Students are, of course, upset about the news. This is normal. My daughter was just starting high school when the first school shooting occurred. She remembers being anxious at school and wants the students at Total…
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Mindful Noticing

Mindful Noticing   Over the past several months, an idea has re-surfaced so many times it has become impossible to ignore its pull. Every week someone asks me about mindfulness – what it is and how it might help them with whatever they’re dealing with in their personal and/or TLC life. Because our schedules don’t allow…
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How Indoor Quality Affects Students’ Academic Performance

How Indoor Quality Affects Students’ Academic Performance Supportive parents are creative when it comes to giving their child’s self-confidence a boost in terms of schoolwork and academic success. Tutoring is one way to ensure children understand crucial concepts, improve their attention and memory, learn at their own level, and follow a program that will ensure they learn…
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How Music Can Help You Blossom

The pursuit of learning is often a lifelong venture. There are many different pieces of advice to ensure that you or your child has the best access and opportunities to learning experiences. For instance, the value placed on reading in recent years is immeasurable. The education system understands that reading is one of the most important tools…
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Articles from Dr. Carol and Dr. Joe Utay

Northern Connection: A Visit with the Utays Over the years, Dr. Carol and Dr. Joe Utay have contributed their own professional and parent-friendly research for the professional and parent community. Check out articles and research written by Dr. Carol and Dr. Joe, including articles from their column in Northern Connection magazine, “A Visit With the…
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3 Alternative Ways Students Can Boost Their Learning

3 Alternative Ways Students can Boost Their Learning As you help your child reach his or her full potential as a student, you are likely always searching for valuable educational strategies. Since learning involves the whole body it is important to look at this area from a holistic perspective. In addition to utilizing effective techniques for memorization, test…
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Teach your teen to make better choices, and eliminate stress while doing it.

  Photo Cred: Unsplash Teach your teen to make better choices, and eliminate stress while doing it Lindsay didn’t sit with me at lunch today. Will my boss understand I can’t work tonight because I have a major exam tomorrow? Must improve ACT score! Cory didn’t like my Instagram post last night. When is that…
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How Sleep Aids Learning

More than a third of Americans are under slept, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A minimum of 7 hours per night are recommended to avoid health problems such as obesity, heart disease and a range of mental disorders. If you are undertaking a learning program, then sleep is even more…
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