Doubt creeps in at an early age… perhaps it starts in kindergarten, when some children are able to read with ease while for others it feels like running in sand. Maybe it is in second grade, when a child can spell a word one day, but that word is a stranger the next. Whatever the situation may be, self-doubt fosters a lack of confidence. That lack of confidence creates an unsteady platform, riddled with numerous questions for both child and parent. Fortunately, there are answers.
The Stern Center provides a wealth of knowledge for parents, and a warm welcoming smile for children away from the anxiety and pressure that the school environment may bring. It is a place where parents can get answers about why their children are struggling at school.
Say goodbye to the overwhelming feeling of not knowing where to begin. There is a team of educators at Stern ready to help unravel the web of questions about navigating the school system and all the various services that may be available to your child. At the Stern Center, a family does not feel alone.
Knowledge is power, right? The Stern Center’s thorough evaluation process will help you discover the gifts your child has and the hurdles faced. After a few hours of testing it is a relief, as a parent, to hear your child say, “That wasn’t so bad, actually it was kind of fun.” The evaluation team then provides a step-by-step interpretation of the evaluation process, and sets you and your child on a path of action with the tools and resources needed for positive outcomes.
This knowledge is empowering. Just as your child is curious about the world, he is curious about himself. Understanding why he struggles is the first step in overcoming immediate challenges, and a necessary one for successfully facing challenges in the future. That’s called confidence.
Being given the tools necessary to move forward and accomplish goals and dreams, both big and small, provides a boost in self-esteem that is immeasurable. And then there is the smile on the face of a child who now reads above grade level and the grin on the parent’s face when, at 10:00pm, she calls to that child, “Please put the book down, it really is time to go to bed.”
Certainty now prevails over doubt as you step into a new day, not with rose-colored glasses, but with a solid understanding of how your child’s ability to adapt to challenges has been bolstered. Next year brings a new teacher or perhaps a new school. There will be adjustment periods, new systems to learn, and big buildings to navigate, but your child’s self-assurance will be there by his side to help him embrace the excitement of learning and a promising future.