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Academic Acceleration: Should my child skip a grade?

Talented and Gifted (TAG) plans can include grade-skipping or many other options. Completing the Iowa Acceleration Scale can help with grade-skipping decisions.

Grade Retention: Should my child repeat a grade?

Decisions about repeating a grade or holding your child back should be made considering the research leading experts to caution against grade retention.

Sunscreen won’t work if it stays in the bottle

Using sunscreen and other sun protection methods are critial to skin cancer prevention. How do you help your child develop healthy sun safety habits?

Resources for trans and gender expansive children and teens

Gender Unicorn & Genderbread Person, Books, Biographies & Memoirs, Portland-Area Resources, Social Networks, Advocacy, Conferences, and Crisis Lines

Resources for parents of trans and gender-expansive children and teens

Portland-Area Resources, Conferences, Information & News, Advocacy, Books for Parents, Social Networks & Online Forums, and Crisis Lines

Special Education: Reviewing records before meetings

Parents have rights upon request to review records before meetings, invite someone else to review the records, and receive explanations and interpretations.

Can I revoke consent to services, evaluations or Special Education?

Consent is usually voluntary, so parents can typically revoke consent to some or all services, treatments, evaluations or Special Education at anytime.

Special Education: Requesting an IEP eligibility evaluation

Parents have rights to request a Special Education evaluation for IEP eligibility.

Social-Emotional Learning in Schools: MindUP Curriculum

One of many SEL curricula, MindUP teachs children about the brain and meditation to help them bring mindful attention to the learning enviroment and beyond.

How do I talk with my little ones about LGBT topics?

Parents sometimes need to talk with young kids about gender & sexual minorities (e.g., a classmate has gay parents, a cousin comes out, a playmate transitions).

Collaborative & Proactive Solutions: Problem-solving with your child

Collaborative & Proactive Solutions is an empirically-supported, non-punitive, non-adversarial model for problem solving challenging behavior with kids.

Positive Discipline: Kind and firm with mutual respect

Positive Discipline is a non-punitive parenting and classroom management approach emphasizing mutual respect, and encouraging adults to be kind and firm.

Watching thoughts in Steven Universe (Cartoon Network)

Steven and Connie learn from Garnet to change their relationship with unpleasant thoughts and feelings, instead of trying to get rid of them.

Sexual health: Kids are creative when we haven’t explained enough

Kids need parents to share accurate age-approprite information about anatomy, sex, and pregnancy.

Sleep schedules, routines & habits

Recommended hours of sleep per day, screen time, bedtime routines, and habits for supporting healthy sleep.

Emotional Intelligence: Identifying and expressing feelings

Emotional Intelligence starts with building a nuanced vocabulary for your child to use as they develop their ability to identify and express their feelings.

Do Superheroes and Princesses have everyday lives?

Linnéa Johansson has created a series of coloring books that can be the start of a conversation exploring questions about the everyday lives of heros.

Gender Language: Pronouns & Terms

Gender language is evolving with varying degrees of consensus on definitions. How do I talk about gender? How do I know which pronouns to use? TL;DR: Just ask

Brushing teeth: Having trouble getting them clean?

Your dentist or dental hygenist can teach proper teeth-brushing, and advise you about apps for helping your child make a healthy habit of brushing their teeth.

What is a psychological evaluation: How can it help?

Describes psychological evaluations, their typical components, how they can help, and how they differ from checklists and screening assessments.

What do percentiles mean?

A percentile is the percent who have the same or a lower score; therefore, a percentile shows how your child’s score relates to the scores of other children.