The Competitive Advantage of Learning Differences

Is your struggling learner super competitive?   Before you get mad at me for misinterpreting the term “competitive advantage,” I promise I’ll talk about what gives students with learning differences an edge up in life.   First, though, let’s talk about how to use your child’s competitive nature to your advantage.   Time to Win! …

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The Struggling Learner Scenario: Poor Handwriting Part 2

Does your child’s handwriting look like ancient hieroglyphics?  Do you attempt to interpret her page of scribbles just as you tried to interpret her drawings when she was… 4?  “How lovely!  Thank you!  What a beautiful… uh… uh… How beautiful!”   In Part 1 you learned to look for clues in 3 different places, clues …

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The Struggling Learner Scenario: Poor Handwriting 

Scenario #1: My 12-year-old’s handwriting looks like a 6-year-old’s.  What can I do to help? To clarify, when I say “handwriting” I’m referring to both print and cursive writing.  Does anyone teach cursive anymore?  I’m not sure, but I hope so!  For today’s purposes, let’s just assume we’re talking about printing.   One big reason …

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Why This Game is Good for Your Child’s Brain: Game 7

In the games that I’ve introduced so far in this series I’ve introduced some pretty powerful skill-building games designed, for the most part, for multiple players.  Today we’re going solo.   Do you have a tactile learner on your hands, one who learns best through the sense of touch?  Even if you don’t, this hands-on …

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The Good News About Homework Meltdowns

What could possibly be good about homework meltdowns, you ask? Good question. I’ve heard a number of great tips for preventing homework meltdowns, or for handling them well when they do arise. These tips usually include things like • setting a homework routine • methods for organizing homework • taking regular breaks, or • finding …

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The Struggling Learner’s Summer Break Dilemma

If your child has been struggling with school work all year, you have an important decision to make for summer break.  You might be wondering what your best option is.     1) Do you relieve all of that academic pressure and let your child just be a kid?  No expectations? 2) Do you hire …

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