Jules Csillag

Jules Csillag, BA, MS, CCC-SLP is a licensed speech-language pathologist and learning specialist who works in New York City. She is passionate about technology, special education, and progressive...

Back to School Organization: Elementary School
23 August, 2019
It’s almost time to go back to school! Whether your child cannot wait to walk through those school doors, or is clinging onto these last weeks of summer, it is time to get organized for the new school year. Lower elementary grade teachers may institute their own organizational tools: folders to send home, cubbies at school, school shoes, reading logs: but this doesn’t mean you’re off the hook! Good organizational skills need to be modeled and reinforced, so here’s how you can help: 1. One is
5 Ways To Help Your Child With Dyscalculia Master Math
23 February, 2018
If your child has dyscalculia, implement these five learning tips and tricks to help them overcome their struggle with numbers. “Dyscalculia” is another word for a math disorder. It can apply to difficulties with calculations, visuo-spatial tasks, memory for math concepts, formulae, or other math-related tasks. According to researchers, 6.5 percent of the school population [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11138905] in the United States has (Developmental) Dyscalculia, but many others have
High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder: Essentials Parents Should Know
20 February, 2018
The CDC estimates that 1 in 68 American children are born with autism spectrum disorder. If you’re a parent of a child with high-functioning ASD, you may wonder how to get your child the learning supports he or she needs [https://www.noodlepros.com/blog/2017/11/03/recognizing-signs-learning-disability/] . Hear from expert Jules Csillag about the symptoms, diagnostic process, and educational interventions available to kids and families. *** If you think your child may have high-functioning Auti
A Strategy To Help Your Child With Time Management
03 January, 2018
With competing responsibilities to juggle, the weight of the commitments can take a toll on your child, and can contribute to your family’s overall level of stress. Kids who don’t know how to manage their time and meet their responsibilities may find that, in the end, their grades suffer. *** As your child is getting older, you’re probably noticing that his or her commitment to school, sports, and extracurricular activities is growing, too. Middle and high school students generally have more
The Case For Testing Accommodations
02 January, 2018
Tests are certainly not the only — nor are they the best — way to measure learning, but they are an unavoidable part of school life for most children in the United States. Beyond classroom exams and quizzes, many students need to take annual statewide tests in public and some private schools. While some experts debate the efficacy  of standardized tests [http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/01/06/371659141/what-schools-could-use-instead-of-standardized-tests] , most K–12 schools continue to use t
5 Extracurriculars That Are Great For Kids With Learning Disabilities
13 December, 2017
Extracurriculars are valuable for all children, but they can be especially important for students with learning disabilities and differences. These children may not feel successful in school because of their academic struggles; out-of-school offerings provide them with opportunities to succeed beyond the formal learning environment. Many of these activities enable children to strengthen the very skills they have difficulty with in the classroom, while also engaging in fun, creative experiences.
Dysgraphia In Children: Essentials Parents Should Know
13 December, 2017
Young children love to draw — and learning to form letters is an important component of their literacy development. If you’ve noticed that your child struggles with drawing or writing, then learning about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment for dysgraphia can help you understand the supports he or she may need. Dysgraphia As children begin to draw and write, parents sometimes notice that their kids hold crayons or form letters in a peculiar way. If you wonder whether these habits are common
ADHD In Children: Essentials Parents Should Know
17 November, 2017
Many parents today have heard of or may know someone with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but clearly recognizing the early symptoms in your own child can be challenging. Knowing the common warning signs and typical diagnostic processes will help you understand ADHD and advocate effectively for your child. Description Jason is a third-graders in a typical math class. The teacher hands out worksheets with two columns of multiplication and division questions and announces that st
Beyond IEPs And 504 Plans: Why You Should Consider Asset-Based Accommodations
13 November, 2017
It is important to remember that asset-based accommodation in the classroom can have a long-term impact. By integrating accommodations into the school setting, teachers can support learning and equip students with strategies that will ensure future success in any field. *** Many parents have heard of traditional testing accommodations, such as extra time on tests for children with dyslexia or ADHD. Less well-known are asset-based accommodations for students with learning disabilities and diffe
Getting Organized For Back To School: High School
21 August, 2017
Being truly organized doesn’t just mean a trip to the office supply store, though that’s often a big part of it! *** Your high schooler might act like a pro at this “getting ready for the school” year thing, but are they really ready? Being truly organized doesn’t just mean a trip to the office supply store, though that’s often a big part of it! Here’s how to get your high schooler off to a good start: 1. Electronics Computer folders are just as susceptible to clutter as paper folders, so or
Getting Organized For Back To School: Elementary School
17 August, 2017
Good organizational skills need to be modeled and reinforced. *** It’s almost time to go back to school! Whether your child cannot wait to walk through those school doors, or is clinging onto these last weeks of summer, it is time to get organized for the new school year. Lower elementary grade teachers may institute their own organizational tools: folders to send home, cubbies at school, school shoes, reading logs: but this doesn’t mean you’re off the hook! Good organizational skills need t
Getting Organized For Back To School: Middle School
15 August, 2017
Here are a few tips for getting you and your middle-schooler organized, so they can start the school year off right. *** It’s that time of the year again when millions of students begin to bubble with anticipation at the prospect of heading back to school. Minimize the stress and increase your teen’s chances for success by getting organized. Here are a few tips for getting you and your middle-schooler organized, so they can start the school year off right. 1. An organized binder: This will