Blog - Insight into LD


Join the club. You sweat the shopping and preparing a huge meal or a dish only to be met with comments about what is missing this year. Gifts elicit a noncommittal response. Before the gathering is over, one of the kids will have a meltdown (maybe it won’t be yours). At the end, you and your family are exhausted and irritable. No one is happy. Let’s not replay these scenes again!


A former Springer Center Program Coordinator, Sandi Staud, shares her love for books. She also shares tips on how to foster this love and model this love of books for our children.

You may be able to remember instructions from your parents or teachers about taking care of books. I still feel a twinge when I set a book down on its open pages, and I never leave it there for long.


According to Kate Garnett, PhD, “difficulties in learning math seldom lead to referrals for learning disabilities evaluation, despite being specified in both federal and state LD definitions. School systems provide assessment and special services mostly on the basis of difficulties learning to read (dyslexia).” So, does this mean a learning disability in math is less disruptive in the academic life of a learner?


“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.


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).


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.


Throughout the month of October, learning disabilities and ADHD were center stage as social media, news, podcasts, journals, blogs, and articles further highlighted the AWARENESS of these conditions that touch 1 in 5 individuals.


Have you ever had a lingering negative thought run through your mind? Something you just can’t shake. Perhaps triggered by an event, harsh words, or a decision made in haste? Have you ever had that thought linger to the point it disrupted your ability to focus on a job, school, project, or relationship?


Math may not be marvelous for you or your child, but research indicates that your attitude toward math is really important. A Stanford study’s lead author and postdoctoral scholar said, ‘Based on our data, the unique contributions of positive attitude to math achievement is as large as the contribution from IQ’ (Chen, PhD).


My daughter and son-in-law were over for dinner the other night when out of nowhere she grabbed her phone, apologized for the breach in the “no phones at the table” rule and started typing furiously. After a deep breath and a fling of the phone back on the counter, she resumed eating. “What was that?” I asked, curious but not surprised at the random shift in activity.