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Welcome to the first issue of Points of Interest, a monthly newsletter dedicated to topics that are tangential to--but vitally important for--the field of education.  Each month, we’ll focus on a different point of interest.  Depending on the topic, we’ll hear from an expert in the field, offer some suggestions for where to go to learn more, and hear from teachers about the ways in which these important topics manifest themselves in the classroom.  This month, we’re taking on one of my favorite subjects: neuroplasticity.

The vestibular system is a sensory system located deep within our inner ear. It tells our brain how and where we moved and where our body is in space. This system is nearly always at work, even when we just turn our heads. It is important in child development because it unifies visual and auditory information and helps ready the entire nervous system to function effectively. As a result, a typical vestibular system allows a child to securely move, attend, learn and rest.

As a parent, finding ways to talk to kids about the news can be difficult, even when we are not in a pandemic. The recent events in our nation have highlighted the importance of having these conversations with kids to help support positive coping.

Just as it is important to get enough exercise and maintain a healthy diet, obtaining a healthy amount of sleep is important for physical and mental health.

Abigail Strang, MD
Pediatric Sleep Physician at Nemours, A.I. du Pont Hospital for Children

Our Pilot faculty is trained to help children work with ADHD, as well as other needs, but I understand that many parents are not equally equipped. So, as you go into the summer months and look for ways to engage, educate, and entertain your children, I recommend...

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 15-20% of children in the United States have a language-based disability. The National Center for Learning Disabilities, 1 in 5 children in America have learning differences like dyslexia or ADHD. If you have a child with one of these learning differences, you know that the effects don’t stop at the classroom door. 

At Pilot, children enter into an environment where they can participate in service-based, active learning. Every child’s educational experience is designed for them and constantly adapted to support the child’s skills and needs. Once the students begin to experience success, confidence, and self-esteem come naturally.

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