Category: Wild Card

Random bits that just don’t fit anywhere else.

Struggling Learner or Neurodiverse?

When searching for resources for your child with learning differences, you’ve likely come across the term neurodiversity a time or two.   The trouble that I have with this popular label, strangely enough, is the same point that some people make in favor of using it.   That point is, neurodiverse essentially describes, well, everyone. …

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The Struggling Learner Scenario: Intervention Doesn’t Stick

Scenario #4: I’ve been working on a variety of learning intervention strategies with my homeschooled 3rd grade son for many months now.  Some days, the work we’ve been doing for a while just clicks for him, and we proudly celebrate the wins.  The very next day, though, he’s right back where he started, as if …

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The Struggling Learner Scenario: Afraid to Learn

Is being afraid to learn even a thing?  I was surprised, too.  I share the following scenario from my own personal experience.   Scenario #3: When I started working with this 6th grade student she was reading and learning well below her grade level.  Through our work together she began to experience multiple lightbulb moments.  …

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To Learn Or To Cope With Learning Differences

Recently I had my home’s sliding back door repaired because the lock mechanism broke.  Not good.   The repair guy tried to convince me that he was finished, even when the new door didn’t close all of the way.   “But it doesn’t close.”  (Seemed obvious to me.)   “You just have to push it …

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Learning Intervention That Fits

Obvious statement alert!  Not all learning difficulties are created equal.  Of course, you know this already.   If you are a parent of a child with learning differences, then you already know that the word “differences” doesn’t even describe the half of it.   Your child with learning differences is quite unique, quite different than …

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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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