St. John the Baptist Resource
St. John the Baptist has an outstanding resource staff, directed by Lisa Case. The resource staff is dedicated to meeting students where they are and helping them succeed. Resource services may be delivered in the classroom or in small groups outside the classroom setting.
Overview: Mrs. Case works with classroom teachers, part-time resource aides, volunteer reading/math tutors, and itinerant resource specialists from Montgomery County Public Schools. In grades K-4, resource services are primarily in Language Arts or Math. Mrs. Case works with ELL director Laura Pifer to coordinate resource help for students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade. In the upper grades, selected students take a study skills course (three times a week) in lieu of Spanish. Study Skills is often led by a middle school classroom teacher or Mrs. Case. During Study Skills, academic content, weekly organization and research-based study strategies are taught and reinforced.
Educational Plans:Any plan to help a student overcome a particular challenge must involve the primary educators of the student -- the child's parents. Parents are full partners at SJB. Mrs. Case, the Resource Director, works with teachers and parents to develop Catholic Accommodation Plans (CAPs) or Individualized Catholic Education Plans (ICEPs) for students identified with specific learning challenges. The CAP and/or ICEP plans are developed after students have undergone private testing or testing through the public school system. This testing procedure is recommended when parents and/or school staff suspect a child may benefit from special education or speech/language services. In grades 5-8, these specific educational plans are required in order for the teachers to deliver the accommodations or modifications the student needs in the classroom.
Lots of kids have a hard time concentrating on a single task for a long time. Lots of kids get antsy in their seats after a while.
When should a parent or a teacher worry that a child is zoning out too much? At what point is a child's impulsive behavior more than typical?
In many cases, there's no easy answer, especially when a child is on the border of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
If the hyperactivity, or the inattention, affects all aspects of the child's life and the child has at least six symptoms, the child may be considered ADHD, according to CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder).
Here are the possible symptoms of the inattentive and hyperactive forms of ADHD:
ADHD predominantly inattentive presentation
- Fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes
- Has difficulty sustaining attention
- Does not appear to listen
- Struggles to follow through with instructions
- Has difficulty with organization
- Avoids or dislikes tasks requiring sustained mental effort
- Loses things
- Is easily distracted
- Is forgetful in daily activities
ADHD predominantly hyperactive-impulsive presentation
- Fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in chair
- Has difficulty remaining seated
- Runs about or climbs excessively in children; extreme restlessness in adults
- Difficulty engaging in activities quietly
- Acts as if driven by a motor; adults will often feel inside as if they are driven by a motor
- Talks excessively
- Blurts out answers before questions have been completed
- Difficulty waiting or taking turns Interrupts or intrudes upon others
ADHD combined presentation
- The individual meets the criteria for both inattention and hyperactive-impulsive ADHD presentations.
If you believe that your child is ADHD, you are not alone. There is a wealth of information on ADHD. You might start with this page for parents.