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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
You may want to look this up if you have not already tried it!
EDUCATION | Oct. 27, 2020, 1:06 p.m.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE