• Dallas, Texas
  • Preschool 4 -8th Grade

Resource Library

LEAF Resource Book List    . Tutors List (Fall 2017).  Additude Magazine  .  ADHD Parent Teacher Handbook  .  Signs & Symptoms Of Learning Disabilities

The ADHD Guide To Mobile Apps & Digital Tools  .  The ADHD Guide To Making & Keeping Friends  .   ADHD Homework Survival Guide  .  Secrets Of The Brain

LEAF Initative

LEAF (Learning Education & Assistance For Families) began as an idea by SMS parents with similar experiences and challenges. This idea was cultivated and soon developed into an organization that will help our community grow together in understanding learning differences among children.

Together we can support one another by providing ideas, information, resources and a place to connect with other families on a similar journey.

Please join us for an upcoming Speaker Series!
Feel free to view our upcoming speaker schedules, resources library, and provide us with feedback on any event or topic of interest.

Upcoming events:

Teaching Grit: How parents can help their children become more resilient 
Speaker: Dr. Avery Hoenig, Clinical Psychologist

Date: Tuesday, November 14th
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm
Location: Family Center Upper Lounge 

Dr. Hoenig will use a discussion format to help parents define grit and identify how this concept relates to their children. We will work together to challenge our own attributions regarding mistakes and failure and find ways to help our children use these inevitable struggles to develop resilience. We will learn ways to foster autonomy, promote independence, and encourage children to reach high expectations
Dr. Avery Hoenig is a licensed psychologist who has been in private practice since 2008. She works with adolescent and adult patients and uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy to help them with symptoms of anxiety and depression.


Gifts and challenges of being a highly sensitive person 
Speaker: Jana M. Rupnow, MA, LPC, a Psychotherapist

Date: Tuesday, January 9th 
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm
Location: Family Center Upper Lounge  

You’re too sensitive.
You’re over-reacting!
You feel too much.

If you’ve ever been told this or if you’ve said this to your child, you don’t want to miss the LEAF presentation in January. Approximately 15-20% of the population has the normal trait of sensitivity. It can also be described as a highly tuned nervous system. Biologists have discovered this type of nervous system in over 100 species, including humans. The characteristics of a highly sensitive person are listed below: 

Aware of subtleties in the environment 
Affected by other people’s mood
Sensitive to pain
Sensitive to the effects of caffeine
Easily overwhelmed by things like bright lights, strong smells, or sirens close by
Rich, complex inner life
Uncomfortable by loud noises
Deeply moved by the arts or music
Startles easily
Avoids violent movies and TV shows
Uncomfortable, some describe as an electric buzz feeling, when a lot is going on around you, e.g. parties or crowded places
Hunger creates a strong reaction, disrupting concentration or mood
As a child, parents or teachers viewed you as sensitive or shy