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Managing Impulses & Inhibiting Responding: Expert Talk #2 with Dr. Cheryl Ann Chase
Alex Brosowsky

Calling out in class before raising a hand … talking too much … saying embarrassing things in public … pushing to the front of the line at the playground … 

These are all common examples of why a young child might be called “impulsive” – and impulse control is an important topic related to executive functioning in children. That’s why it’s the second subject that Dr. Cheryl Ann Chase trained both TQS parents and educators on as part of our two-year working partnership

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The Importance of Executive Functions: Expert Talk with Dr. Cheryl Chase
Alex Brosowsky

Navigating the complexities of parenting children with ADHD, learning disabilities, autism, and expressive challenges can be an ongoing challenge – which is why here at TQS, we aim to not only champion our students, but also our parents and educators. 

That’s why we've partnered with Dr. Cheryl Chase, a renowned clinical psychologist, to help TQS families and faculty better understand a topic of critical importance to our student community: executive functioning.

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What's Next? Navigating Options after K-12 for Students with Complex Challenges
Alex Brosowsky

Recently, I was mesmerized by a father’s powerful story about his son with learning disabilities — but what made this one different for me is that it happened beyond the K-12 classroom walls. 

I have had many conversations with our TQS parents who are pondering the path their children will tread as they edge toward adulthood. The good news is that TQS is not the end of the road! If you’re beginning to chart these unexplored waters, you’re probably asking this common question: “What’s next?”

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The Pros and Cons of Smartphones for Children with Complex Challenges
Alex Brosowsky

If there’s one thing we know at The Quaker School at Horsham, it’s that every child is different – which is why milestone decisions need to be made individually, based on each child’s special gifts, strengths and weaknesses, and unique personality. 

Giving your child a smartphone is no exception. This is a significant decision for any child, but it should be especially weighed for a child with complex challenges.

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Essential Tech Tools for Parents:  Safeguarding Kids with Complex Challenges Online
Alex Brosowsky

While the internet offers numerous benefits, it also harbors a plethora of age-inappropriate content, all just a click away. 

A January 2023 study by Common Sense Media shed light on a disquieting statistic: a significant majority of teens aged 13–17 reported accessing online pornography. Even more concerning, a startling 15% of these children had their first exposure to explicit content at the age of 10 or younger.

So what is a parent to do when it comes to digital safety for children with complex challenges?

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What's the Latest in Accessible Technology? New Features that Benefit Students with Complex Challenges
Alex Brosowsky

From intricate functionalities to unknown risks to potential impact, new technology can be quite intimidating. Yet when emerging technology is used to help people with disabilities be more independent and connected, it can be incredibly life-changing.

Apple is one company with a long-standing commitment to making products for everyone, and it’s intriguing to watch the company develop innovative solutions aimed at empowering all individuals to use its products with greater ease and independence.

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Revolutionizing Education: How AI Can Empower Students with Complex Challenges
Alex Broswosky

As both the head of a school and the parent of a child with complex challenges, I understand the concerns and struggles that students with learning differences (and their families!) face on a daily basis, both in and outside of the classroom. 

That’s why I am so enthralled by the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) as an assistive technology – one that may soon transform the educational experiences of our children.

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