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Kids' Art

7 Techniques for Building Self-Esteem and Confidence

In this article from LD advocate Rick Lavoie, you’ll discover strategies to improve children's behavior by providing the structure, predictability, and support they need. By providing an environment in which they feel confident and comfortable, you create a place where good behavior and cooperation are more likely to occur.
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Getting Ready for Summer

Summer Ideas for Teachers to Share with Families

The school bell may stop ringing, but summer is a great time for all kinds of learning opportunities for kids. You'll find materials you can download and distribute, but you'll also find ideas for things that you may want to gather and offer to students and parents and for connections you'll want to make to help ensure summer learning gain rather than loss.

Crickets, Books, and Bach: How to Create a Summer Listening Program

Listening to books is an entirely different experience than reading. Because audiobooks can be comprehended at a higher level than a child’s reading level, new types of books and authors become accessible. Find helpful tips on designing a summer audiobook plan for your listener!

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More Highlights

Michael's Successful Summer

Michael is an eight-year-old whose dyslexia has made school a struggle. Follow him to a six-week intensive summer program at the Landmark School — a well-known school for children with learning disabilities based in Beverly, Massachusetts. The Landmark program features explicit instruction, a slower pace, and lots of repetition to help students like Michael.

Favorite Books for Kids with Learning and Attention Issues

Discover what kinds of books are especially popular with children who struggle with reading. The recommended books are based on a survey of parents and educators, conducted by our sister site Reading Rockets. We expected to see Dav Pilkey's wildly popular Captain Underpants series mentioned a lot (and it was), but we're excited to learn about other series and characters that kids really love. Browse the lists to see what we discovered — and be sure to add some of your own favorites in the Comments section.


Every Day in May, Child Mind Institute is unveiling a video from a celebrity who tells a powerful story of hope to his or her younger self about growing up with a mental health or learning disorder. The goal: eliminate stigma by showing children and adolescents that there is a bright future if they open up and ask for help.

Together, we can make this campaign a movement and make sure the 1 in 5 children who struggle with mental health or learning disorders get the help they deserve. Share the videos on your social networks!

Contributions From You

Self-Portrait: Kellyn

Today's Artist

Self-Portrait: Kellyn, by Kellyn, age 12

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Today's First Person Essay

I'm never sure what to expect anymore by Michelle Sarabia

My son sits up at 9 months. He speaks at 15 months. The doctor says, "Some children take longer." Other doctors examine him. Our son is behind, they say, but it's nothing serious. They say, "Don't worry." No one says, "Developmentally delayed."

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