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19Nov

“Structured Literacy” is a term that the International Dyslexia Association is using to describe explicit reading instruction. These instructional approaches include direct instruction in breaking words into sounds. Then sounds are taught and associated with specific letters or letter patterns. The student has to learn to produce the letter when given a sound and then when shown the letter provide the corresponding sound.

12Nov

Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability. Dyslexia can appear as a challenge in decoding unfamiliar words, spelling, a slow reading pace, using correct grammar, a slow writing pace, understanding and using language to express oneself verbally or in writing (Visit the International Dyslexia Association for more information).

05Nov

About 80 percent of students on an Individual Education Plan (IEP) under the category of Specific Learning Disability have a reading disability. The International Dyslexia Association defines dyslexia as “a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin.

01Oct

The term dyscalculia, pronounced dis-kal-kyoo-lee-uh, refers to a Specific Learning Disability in the area of Math. It is relatively rare for a student to qualify for an Individualized Education Program (IEP) under Specific Learning Disability only in the area of math. When a child has difficulty with reading, there will usually be spillover into math. But many students who do not qualify as a having a Learning Disability still struggle in Math.

24Sep

Continuing the discussion of the publication, Student Voices: of “A Study of Young Adults with Learning and Attention Issues found on the National Center for Learning Disorders website, young adults with LD and ADHD who were successful in a post-high school experience fe

17Sep

Young adults with learning disabilities (LD) or ADHD who thrive are those who described themselves as being comfortable in taking the “first step” to reach out to peers and adults (Voices of Young Adults with Learning and Attention Issues). The young adults felt comfortable approaching teachers, co-workers, supervisors and peers to initiate

10Sep

In a study of successful young adults with ADHD/LD, a supportive home life was identified as critical to their success. Did that mean there were two parents at home or that adults never had conflict with the student? No. Somehow adults communicated optimism that the student would be successful.

03Sep

It is late summer.  Now is the time when parents are packing up their high school graduates and taking them to college or technical school. Who are the students with LD/ADHD who successfully graduated from high school, and will pursue additional education or training? These students have overcome significant obstacles.

28Aug

At this time of the year there are many blogs with the three or five things you need to do to get organized or to start off the day or school year right. It can be stressful just to read them, because it is overwhelming to consider a whole list of things that you currently don’t do, but “should.” What if we reduce it to one task that you can do every day? You might feel yourself letting go of some stress if there is just one thing that will help you.  

01May

Many parents and teachers are aware of their child’s need for advance notice when time will be up for a particular activity and it is time to move on to something else. Some students need support in developing the Executive Function skill of flexibility. We suggest setting a timer for 5 minutes or giving them a 10-minute warning, then a 5-minute warning and a 2-minute warning. When that time is up we say, “Stop.”