Category: Unique Learners

To Fight or Not to Fight Your Child’s School

So let’s say that you have a child in 3rd or 4th grade or even 10th grade who is reading at the 1st grade level.  You know that your child is otherwise very bright, so for the life of you, you can’t figure out why reading and learning is so difficult. Or maybe your child …

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To Tutor or Not to Tutor

Let’s say that you have a child who struggles to learn in one or more areas of academics.  You’re not sure what the trouble is, but you really want to help your child.  The natural next step is to hire a tutor, right?   Let’s say that one of those difficult subjects is math.  You …

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When NOT to give 100%

Hello parents, teachers and specialists.  When it comes to working with students with learning differences (a.k.a. learning disabilities, a.k.a. learning difficulties), you may have heard me mention the Goldilocks standard before.  That’s when you work with your child at a level that optimizes success.  Not too easy.  Not too difficult.  Just right.   The Goldilocks …

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Secretly Worried That Your Child Isn’t Smart?

I get it.  Worry is written into the job description of being a parent.   And if your child struggles with academics, like reading, writing, or arithmetic, you’ve likely worried, at least a little, about the future.   Of course, I’m sure you wouldn’t admit this out loud, but have you ever secretly wondered:   …

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To Say Or Not To Say Dyslexia

We call them by many names.  Learning differences.  Learning difficulties.  Learning disabilities.  Reading disabilities. Learning disorders.  Learning struggles.  Learning challenges.  Unique learning styles…   Oy!     Regardless of what we call them, they do have a way of making the lives of young learners and their families rather miserable.  Especially when it comes time …

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Help Kids Cope with the Emotions of Learning Difficulties

If you have a child with learning difficulties then you know that learning difficulties aren’t the only challenges your child faces.  A whole cascade of emotions have a way a tagging along uninvited.  Thoughts and feelings like:  I’m not smart enough.  I’m a nobody.  I’m ashamed and embarrassed because everyone else “gets it” but …

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