The Parish School Blog

May 1, 2018

Aren’t academics enough for my child to be successful? Why social competence is so important

As parents today, we all feel pressure from society to push our kids to learn letters and numbers as soon as they start talking. Read earlier, learn math, write clearly and memorize facts about science or other subjects...Interestingly, this push for academic success at earlier ages has not led to better results. Research emphasizes that rather than grades, social competence is one of two indicators of success in adult life (the other is grit).
Apr 17, 2018

Developing social skills for more than a decade in children who have learning difficulties

What began as passion and determination for supporting students who struggle socially, has turned into a program turning a decade old with clients from across the Houston area. How the Social Thinking program has developed at The Parish School.
Apr 3, 2018

Know before you go: Advice for Parents who have concerns about ASD for their child

About 1 in 68 children in the United States has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by age 8 (1 in 42 boys, 1 in 189 girls)1, making it one of the most common childhood developmental disorders. Yet it can sometimes be confusing or difficult for parents or other caregivers to know what to do if they suspect their child may have ASD, and what to expect from an evaluation. The following information can help...
Mar 21, 2018

More about the spaces we love: Adventure Play!

The Parish School is fortunate to have one of only five site-based adventure playgrounds in the United States and the only one based at a school. Adventure playgrounds are environments where children create their own worlds and build their own play space with a variety of tools and scrap material. With all of this stuff organized and built by children - with so much freedom, space, tools and child-directed activity, aren't these playgrounds rife with injury? To answer this question, Jill Wood, Director of Adventure Play at The Parish School, teamed with Morgan Leichter Saxby, PhD candidate in Playwork at Leeds Beckett University and Co-Founder of Pop-Up Adventure Play for a comparative study...