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From Our Psychology Practicum Student


At Divine Mercy Academy we value an individualized education to meet your child’s unique learning needs. Our goal is to provide students with the confidence and skill set to flourish academically and in life. With this, National School Psychology Week falls on November 9th to the 13th. This year’s theme is “The Power of Possibility”.

PSYCHOLOGY | Nov. 24, 2020, 12:20 p.m.

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Advice to Professionals


As we are nearing time for our parent/teacher conferences I am reminded of the words of a parent who has become a very near and dear friend.  My friend’s words help me each day remember how to approach the work, the interactions with parents, that are so important, no matter what the student’s ability:

PARENTING | Nov. 3, 2020, 1:03 p.m.

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Brain Gym


You may want to look this up if you have not already tried it!

EDUCATION | Oct. 27, 2020, 1:06 p.m.

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Bringing Brain Science Research into the Classroom


Teaching and neuroscience go hand in hand.  Good teaching, that is well planned, deliberate and intentional, together with purposeful neuro-feedback, incorporated into a student’s learning program is a place to begin. A well prepared, course is one designed using Bloom’s Taxonomy, a hierarchical classification of the different levels of thinking used to develop the course objectives. The course learning objectives are...

NEUROSCIENCE | June 24, 2020, 4:11 p.m.

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COVID19 - One Educator’s Thoughts


How quickly life can change. Mid-March 2020 will be a time that is not forgotten - everyone’s life changed from “care-free” and “normal” going to work, school, worshiping, shopping, visiting family and friends to being quarantined, wearing face masks, working remotely, engaging in social distancing; teaching, eating all meals at home, learning remotely.

CURRENT EVENTS | June 8, 2020, 11:32 a.m.

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Economic Empowerment for People with Disabilities


At Divine Mercy Academy, most of our focus is to create a better life for children with learning differences (disabilities) through an education.  Our goal is to develop the best version and maximum potential of the students entrusted to us.  This is our primary mission and we are seeing great success in developing Catholic children with learning differences to be their best self.  Our initial focus is on developing the foundational skills for elementary school children.

EDUCATION | June 1, 2020, 2:23 p.m.

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Because of Where We Were When!


The pandemic has impacted each of us in many ways such as how our children are being educated, how we work and shop, how we gather as families, even congregations and communities. How we manage the ever-changing events is having an effect on our lives and is going to have a lasting impact on how we perform in the future. It is important that we reflect on the events and think about the impact, not just the negative impact but also the positive.

CURRENT EVENTS | June 1, 2020, 2:23 p.m.

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Why Teachers Should Be Required to Study Brain Science


The core issue we seek to address today is why teachers should be required to learn brain science. We at DMA understand why it’s important. It’s a huge part of what we deal with everyday. But we want to give other fellow teachers and parents some insight into why it’s important beyond what may occur as obvious.

NEUROSCIENCE | April 3, 2020, 5:38 p.m.

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How Mark Zuckerberg is Helping the Fight For Brain Science in Education


The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is a philanthropic initiative that serves a specific goal in the field of education, serving the “whole child.” This is a familiar goal to most of our DMA blog readers. Here at DMA we work to help kids become the best versions of themselves and it’s why utilizing the data that brain science gives us is so important. Your brain and learning tendencies stretch far beyond the classroom.

NEUROSCIENCE | April 3, 2020, 5:13 p.m.

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Neurocognitive Training: The Next Level in Education


Students who don’t perform as well as the rest of the class are either separated into rudimentary-level classes or get held back a year. Holding these students back or segregating them into lower-level classes fails to address the root of the issue at hand: the student’s ability to learn.

NEUROSCIENCE | April 1, 2020, 6:48 p.m.

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Understanding the Psychology of This Pandemic Experience


With the number of COVID-19 cases increasing every day, psychologists offer insights on how to separate yourself from others, while still getting the social support you need.

PSYCHOLOGY | June 9, 2020, 4:49 p.m.

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Manage Anxiety & Stress: Coping During the COVID-19 Crisis


The outbreak of Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), together with the closing of the schools, businesses, and the continually changing policies/procedures is providing stress, fear and anxiety.  Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in not only adults but also in children.

CURRENT EVENTS | June 9, 2020, 4:49 p.m.

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Preparing Your Child for a Psycho-Educational Assessment


A psychological assessment is outlined in the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education as part of the process to determine special education eligibility, a requirement for children to receive special education programs and services in school. The results of psychological testing are used to analyze a child’s strengths and weaknesses in ability when planning for appropriate programs and services.

EDUCATION | Feb. 14, 2020, 5:47 p.m.

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Catholic Schools Week 2020


Catholic Schools Week is back starting on Sunday Jan. 26th! Come join us for some special events that will pay homage to our Catholic education system as well as give you a unique glimpse into the classrooms at DMA.

CURRENT EVENTS | Jan. 10, 2020, 5:41 p.m.

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Productive Technology-Use for Children


It is that time of year when “Christmas Lists” are being developed by children young and old; lists which are sure to include some form of technology.  The technology requests may be for something new or in addition to the battery of technology that they already possess. Now is the time to think about how to either say “no” or to set up boundaries and parameters for use.

PARENTING | Nov. 11, 2019, 12:22 p.m.

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DMA Neurocognitive Training: Case Study


For this week, we're going to be picking up from where we left off in our last post and dive deeper into neurocognitive science with a case study conducted by our own psychologist, Todd Nadeau.

NEUROSCIENCE | Nov. 2, 2019, 11:46 a.m.

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DMA Neurocognitive Training: Brain Mapping


We believe that technology is widely underutilized in the classroom, especially when it comes to the advanced state of neuroscience. New technologies in the classroom such as laptops and Smart Boards can facilitate more engaging learning experiences for students, but by utilizing technologies like EEG and qEEG, DMA’s staff can get a better look under the hood and make well-informed hypotheses about how each student will learn best as an individual.

NEUROSCIENCE | June 9, 2020, 4:50 p.m.

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Dysgraphia: Early diagnosis can be critical in the long-run


One of the most common diagnoses in kids who learn differently, particularly in kids who deal with dyslexia and ADHD, is called dysgraphia. Dysgraphia at its core boils down to a miscommunication between the brain and the body - most notably the hands or mouth. This means...

NEUROSCIENCE | Nov. 2, 2019, 11:52 a.m.

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Our Summer Program is Complete!


The Pilot Program hosted 7 students who came into DMA on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 9AM-12PM. The students started their summer journey on June 27th and just finished up on August 1st.

CURRENT EVENTS | Oct. 29, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

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It Takes a Village


No one person is skilled enough in each area to single-handedly bestow the gift of success upon a child. It takes a team to raise a child and this holds true across the board for any level of learning difficulty.

SPIRITUALITY | Oct. 29, 2019, 6:24 p.m.

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Our Brain's Capacity To Learn


A fundamental goal of our nation’s educational system is to arm students with the knowledge they need before they go out into the real world, but are schools actually preparing these students for functioning in the real world?

NEUROSCIENCE | Aug. 4, 2020, 7 p.m.

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