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Learning Disabilities Articles for Help with Kids by Susan Kramer


1. What Is Dysgraphia?
2. Dyslexia Information and Help
3. Oppositional Defiant Disorder - Symptoms
Oppositional Defiant Disorder - Explained
5. Oppositional Defiant Disorder - Managing Anger
6. What Is Childhood Disintegrative Disorder  - CDD?
Hyperlexia Information
8. Asperger's Disorder Information
9. TSC and Learning Disabilities
Living Harmoniously with Learning Disabilities
11. Cooperation and Learning Disabilities
12. Overcoming Stress
13. Dividing Time Between Your Kids
14. Helping Kids with Challenges Make Friends
15. Learning Difficulties or Disabilities?
16. Making Transitions and Learning Disabilities
17. Helping Kids Find New Solutions
18. Back to School Dress When Challenged
19. Showing Courage and Learning Disabilities
20. Teach Kids to Stay Close to Home
21. Feeling Fear and Learning Disabilities
22. Kids Learn Trustworthiness
23. Multitasking Ideas
24. Laziness or Learning Disabilities?
25. Helping Kids Reach Their Goals
26. Family Roundtable Discussions with Kids
27. Materialism Issues
28. Illness or Accident Leading to a Challenge
29. Vocational or Academics for Challenged Teens?
30. Expectations and Relating
31. Nurturing Kids of All Abilities
32. Our Roles in the Eyes of Society
Developing Self-Esteem
34. Changing Goals and Learning Disabilities
35. Shopping Trips Can Be Educational
36. Achievement with Learning Disabilities
37. Resolving Conflicts and Learning Disabilities
38. Teaching Kids Order and Organization
39. Family Life with Learning Disabilities
40. Backyard Motor Skills Games
41. Truancy and Learning Disabilities
42. Kids Learn About Playing Fairly
43. Looking for Equitable Resolves
44. Aerobic Activities for Stress Relief in School
45. Acceptance, Abundance and Learning Disabilities
46. Kids Learn About Sharing

4. Oppositional Defiant Disorder - Explained

If your child is diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder - ODD, it is important that you take time for yourself to maintain or regain peace of mind, rather than always being around your child, and being in opposition.

Exercise or other activities that help balance body and mind give you a respite. I recommend yoga or an aerobic activity such as brisk walking.

And these stress-reducing practices are beneficial for your child, also - whether practiced in a group or individually.

Be sure to take time away, though, for your own peace-recovering activities.

To use walking for stress relief, set out on a familiar path or trail in a safe area so you don't need to think about where your next step will be.

Do some even regular breathing, such as taking two steps while breathing in, and 2 steps while breathing out. Swing your arms in opposition to your legs, which means when you step forward onto your right foot, swing your left arm forward, and vice versa.

This kind of walking uses and needs coordination between the right and left sides of the brain, and the even and regular breathing calms, as the body and mind are tied together by the breath - when we concentrate on breathing evenly our thoughts slow down, too.

Yoga poses are another help in relaxing the body and mind. Yoga is practiced equally on the right and left side of the body as the even walking just described is.

And the breath is coordinated with the pose, such as breathing in to go into the pose; letting the breath out in the pose and breathing regularly and evenly while holding the pose; then breathing out at the conclusion of the pose.

Body and mind go hand in hand and exercise is one way to incorporate them productively!

Article by Susan Kramer

Resources for parents, teachers and homeschooling families:

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Rhythms and Dances for School Age Kids

Rhythms and Dances for School Age Kids
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Rhythms and Dances for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Rhythms and Dances for Toddlers and Preschoolers
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Kinesthetic Math and Language Lessons

Kinesthetic Math and Language Lessons
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All articles copyright 2000-2011 Susan Helene Kramer
Susan Kramer has worked as a dance specialist with kids and adults of all abilities for more than 30 years,
and lives with her husband in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Click autobiography for details.