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                                                                  all about KidS

                                     Nurturing Creativity In Dyslexics

                                                               By Jim Forgan, Ph.D., School Psychologist

        All children need to believe they excel at some area in   talented at mathematics. Other kids might believe they are   perspective that remediation
      their life because this helps develop our self-esteem and   science experts with a deep knowledge of space or fossils.   of what is broken in your
      healthy self-esteem advances success in life. Self-esteem is   Your child’s natural talent might be athletics and being a fast   child is not the ultimate goal.
      developed by combining our internal beliefs with our external   runner, best basketball free thrower, dancer, or figure skater.   He explains, “There are
      feedback. Thus, our self-esteem is a combination of how we   Does your child have an innate musical ability? Recognize   specific attitudes and habits
      view ourselves and how we believe others view us.  and reinforce your child’s strength area.         that will have a huge impact
        We want your child with dyslexia to develop healthy     If you need ideas consider reading,  The Dyslexia   on whether your child will be
      self-esteem and feel good about him or herself. So, in what   Empowerment Plan: A Blueprint for Renewing Your Child’s   able to apply her strengths at
      area does your child excel? Although it might be academic   Confidence and Love of Learning. Author Ben Foss describes   school and beyond.”
      related, it might not. Perhaps your child believes she is   his own struggles with dyslexia and provides you with a new     Since children develop
                                                                                                           at different rates you can
                                                                                                           provide your child with
                                                                                                           opportunities to sample various activities, athletics, arts, and
            March 31 - April 2                                                                             hobbies to gauge their interest and talents. Some activities
                                                                                                           will be tried and shelved while others might continue to
                                                                                                           develop and be refined throughout adolescence. It’s often
                                                                                                           our natural strengths that carry us through in life and shape
                                                                                                           our career choices. Your child is smart in many ways so help
                                                                                                           other family members and teachers understand your child’s
                                                                                                           natural assets. Someone has to recognize your child’s gifts
                                                                                                           and we hope it’s you.
                                                                                                             Call to discuss your child as we test children ages 5.5
                                                                                                           through college for dyslexia, learning disabilities, ADHD,
                                                                                                           depression, anxiety, and other processing disorders. Visit
                                                                                                  or call (561) 625-4125.

                                                                                                           art happeningS from page 10

                                                                                                           through classes, exhibitions, and events. One of the
                                                                                                           ArtCenter’s signature programs, Art For All, offers
                                                                                                           art to underserved populations regardless of financial
                                                                                                           resources. The program provides youth scholarships, art
                                                                                                           education to schools that would otherwise not have art
                                                                                                       Photo credits: ©Janine Harris. All rights reserved  visit   Photos by Gail V. Haines
                                                                                                           in their curriculum, and art classes to veterans, seniors,
                                                                                                           and individuals with special needs. For more information,

                                               Visit the website:
                                               or call: 561.832.7469 or 800.572.8471

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