Category: Unique Learners

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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Why Reading Programs Fail Struggling Readers

Having a learning “disability” isn’t the only reason why some students struggle to read, but it can be the most difficult to remediate. First let’s look at some other reasons why children experience reading difficulties.  Then we’ll talk about programs that help.   Reading Experience  A child can simply grow up with limited exposure to …

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Why Is My Child So Unmotivated?

If you look up the word unmotivated, this is one definition that you might come across: having no desire to do or succeed at something.   That seems a little strange, don’t you think?   Why would anyone NOT want to succeed?   The way I see it, students who appear unmotivated aren’t avoiding success.  …

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Will Intervention Ruin My Dyslexic Child’s Gifts?

You’ve known for a long time that your child is bright.  Perhaps he’s a gifted builder.  Perhaps she’s a gifted storyteller.  The amazing way your child sees the world sometimes takes your breath away.     And yet the learning piece is, well, not missing exactly.  It just doesn’t seem to fit the educational system …

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Why this Game is Good for Your Child’s Brain: Game 3

When it comes to teaching sight words in educational therapy, or in any educational setting, really, we either find ourselves a nice little premade set of flashcards, or we go through quite a bit of tedious cutting and writing and creating DIY flashcards of our own.  It’s not the least bit exciting, which is why …

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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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