Shine Together

A publication of The Quaker School at Horsham.

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  • Alex's Advice
  • Complex Challenges
Alex Brosowsky

Children with ADHD or autism sometimes have difficulty holding a thought in their minds. This is because of a lack of working memory, or fluid reasoning, which can make it very challenging to follow what may appear to be very simple two-step directions. As parents of children with complex challenges, it’s critical that we take a neurodiverse or disability perspective when our children are having a performance problem

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Big Conversations: Talking About Diversity with Your Child with Complex Challenges
Alex Brosowsky

There are big conversations that all parents, at one point or another, have to have with their children. Sometimes uncomfortable, perhaps scary, yet always necessary, these are conversations that help shape our children’s worldviews and demonstrate that we are here as both a sounding board and a source of information. 

The fact that these conversations are made more complicated when you’re the parent of a child with complex challenges does not make them less necessary. 

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Social-Emotional Learning Resource Review: Mike Fogel's Art of Friendship
Alex Brosowsky

After 18+ months of living through the COVID-19 pandemic and its ramifications, it’s no surprise that many adolescents are struggling with negative and depressive feelings—and as parents, it can be difficult to know how to best help our children manage these emotions, especially when we may be dealing with the same challenges. 

That’s where long-time friend of The Quaker School at Horsham, Mike Fogel, comes in. 

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Overcoming Hurdles: A Look at "Complex Challenges" & What They Mean to Students
  • Complex Challenges
Alex Brosowsky

The word “hurdles” is an interesting one. As a noun, it means an obstacle or difficulty that one has to overcome. Yet as a verb, hurdles means jumping over an obstacle or barrier — literally overcoming that difficulty blocking your path. 

This dichotomy really hit me as I watched amazing athletes with disabilities gather for the Tokyo Paralympic Games this year to compete at the highest levels of sportsmanship.

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TQS Book Club Topic #5: Encouraging Resilience in Your Child
  • TQS Book Club
Alex Brosowsky

Right now, so many parents are wondering the same thing: “How can I help my student develop the resilience needed to bounce back from a truly challenging 18 months?”

I have a surprisingly simple answer: focus on having fun this summer. We can address pandemic-related academic deficits in the fall; focus on your child’s mental wellbeing for now.

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TQS Book Club Topic #4: Teaching Children with Learning Disabilities to Become Self-Advocates
  • TQS Book Club
Alex Brosowsky

At a certain point in childhood, all children naturally start comparing themselves and their abilities to those of their peers. Yet for children with complex challenges such as ADHD and learning disabilities, this juxtaposition can feel less like a comparison and more like a gauge of perceived “normalcy.” 

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TQS Book Club Topic #3: Helping Adolescents Understand Their Autism
  • TQS Book Club
Alex Brosowsky

When you’re the parent of a teenager, you can expect to have challenging conversations. 

Adolescence is a tumultuous time in a child’s life, and it often requires families to have deep discussions about big, sometimes uncomfortable, topics. At the same time, it can be challenging to initiate these conversations, especially if your teen is not enthused by talking about their feelings and emotions. 

When that teen is also diagnosed with autism, the complexity of these conversations increases dramatically. 

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