Mark your calendars and SPREAD THE WORD! Fill your belly with pancakes to benefit LifeManagement on Saturday, March 15 from 8am-10am at Rutledge Cab Co. Please invite friends, neighbors and family to attend.
Feb. 20, 2014: Mark Your Calendars for Thursday 2/27 for J.McLaughlin’s “Sip & Shop” Event Benefiting LMC!
The J. McLaughlin store on 212 King St. is hosting another shopping party next Thursday, Feb. 27! Shop the full line of men’s and women’s clothing and pet accessories while helping LMC transform educational challenges into life achievements! 15% of sales will be donated to LifeManagement Center. Bring friends and enjoy drinks & appetizers.
Feb. 7, 2014: LifeManagement Center Mentioned in Charleston Mercury!
We would like to thank Charleston Mercury for mentioning LMC in Cordes Simpson’s article, “Learning Disabilities and Mental Health.” View the article here, which features LMC’s own John Wagner, Director of Psychoeducational Assessment.
Jan.1, 2014: Happy New Year from LMC!
Many of us use this time to make plans and set goals for the upcoming year. Here are a couple of tips to get your school semester started off right:
• Help your child make a homework plan. Predict the time required for each assignment and the goal he/she is working toward. For example, if your child brings home a math worksheet, the goal might be to complete at least half the problems in 20 minutes with at least 80 percent accuracy. Let your child’s age and capabilities determine the length and goal of each homework session. Once she has met the goal, he/she can take a five-minute break. Keep the television off and cell phones out of sight, so it’s easier for him/her to return to work.
• Start a homework group: Invite one or two kids from your child’s class to come over and do a little homework together. This can be an effective way to get a look at other children’s studying strategies, and the chance to play for a while when homework is done is a strong incentive to do the work more efficiently. Many young children like to play “school” and they can take turns being the teacher reviewing spelling words or making up math problems.Want more information or need some help keeping your student organization? Call us at (843) 852-5705.
Dec. 15: Processing Speed: What is it and Why is it Important?
Dr. Nancy Bell
Director, Summerville LifeManagement Center
Processing Speed is the fluency and speed with which one can incorporate all types of information. It is believed to be age-related and the increased processing speed that occurs with development has been linked to improvements in attention and working memory, which are then associated to increases in reasoning and problem solving abilities. Imagine reading a textbook by having to sound out each word. Not only would it take a long time to read, this slow reading style usually also means poor comprehension. On the other hand, good readers use phonics skills automatically, leaving cognitive resources leftover to understand what they are reading. It works similarly with math. Students can easily become overwhelmed by a math word problem if they have difficulty with the math facts involved within the problem. Once the math facts become automatic, they have more cognitive resources leftover to take in more aspects of the problem.
At home, simple reading and math facts should be practiced until they become more automatic. Parents could challenge children to respond faster, without sacrificing accuracy, using timed performance. Children could do repeated timed readings of passages to develop fluency. They should practice time drills with their math facts. Their progress can be charted so that children see their improvements in words read per minute or digits correct per minute. With automaticity comes easier cognitive processing and greater achievement.
To learn more about how to support your child’s academic achievement at home, schedule a consultation with Dr. Bell of LifeManagement Center at 852-5705.