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 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...
Feb 27, 2018

More to Math Than Numbers

Math and reading seem to be the two areas of academics that society focuses on the most. They also happen to be two areas in which children who have language disorders and executive functioning difficulties frequently struggle. It’s easy to see how a difficulty understanding language can impact a child’s ability to read – reading requires the ability to comprehend written language. However, determining how difficulties with language can impact a child’s mathematical ability is much less obvious.
Jan 31, 2018

Finding your Inner Child: Tips for Supporting Engagement and Learning Through Play

Play is a child’s natural state. It is through play that a child works through their emotions and learns language, fine and gross motor skills, social language and academic concepts. Research shows that children absorb even more when engaged in play with an adult. However, playing may feel unnatural and like hard work for parents. With these tips, even the most serious adult will be able to find their inner child!