Blog - Insight into LD


blog 15.11.4Family meetings can be useful to deal with the small aggravations that can morph into major conflicts in a household. It is a time during which family members can talk about the past week’s events – the high points and the low points. Was someone “hogging” the computer? Did daughter #1 see daughter #2 wearing her favorite shirt without permission? Was the car returned without gas? Did youngest brother not get any of the chocolate chip cookies?


blog 15.10.28Like brown eyes, a learning disability is what a child has, not who she is. Children with LD are of at least average intelligence. They belong to Scouts, ride bikes and like to do things with family and friends. Just like other children, they go to summer camp, take swimming lessons and participate in art shows or children’s theater. Next time you are at a gathering of students, whether at a choral concert, the school carnival or arrival time at school, look around.


blog 15.10.22In previous posts, Barbara Hunter has explored the value of understanding the perspective of your child with a learning disability, and the competition for attention that can occur with siblings. Another issue which may arise is sibling rivalry.


blog 15.10.14When one or more children in a family have a learning disability or ADHD, the entire family unit may feel the stress of the day-to-day struggles of school and family life. In my last post we looked at a way to observe where the sibling who does not experience a disability may be emotionally reacting to her role in this family dynamic. 


blog 15.10.7Sibling relationships in the best situation range from best friends to worst enemies, but when one or more children have a diagnosed disability, special considerations may be in order to understand the sibling’s perspective.


blog 15.9.23“Meredith is happier at school than I have seen her in two years!”

A parent new to Springer recently shared this with me, only one week into the new school year. I took the opportunity to ask Elizabeth about the process of deciding to send her daughter to Springer. I wanted to know what kind of impression Springer makes for newcomers, and what helped her to make her decision.


blog 15.9.17Your student is maturing and is ready for a smartphone! Your child is so responsible there won’t be a problem with texting during family meals, downloading apps without permission, using inappropriate language in messages, streaming videos under the covers when he is supposed to be sleeping or connecting with peers in the middle of the night. Right? All of us have a tendency to become preoccupied with something new.


blog 15.9.2It is still early in the school calendar, and already some things are bothering you at home. You backed over a backpack left in the driveway. You tripped over the shoes in the entry when you came in from work. In the middle of the night you heard the “ping” of a text message on a child’s phone. Where does it all end?


blog 15.8.26Teacher Debbie Elbert’s summer writing classes wrestled with that question – what is it like to have a learning disability? Some of their insightful comments were featured in the previous blog post. Debbie invited Springer Development Office Intern Grace Mancini to visit the classes and share her experiences with a learning disability.


blog 15.8.20This summer in Springer’s Adventures in Summer Learning program, teacher Debbie Elbert repeated a project she had first tried last summer in her writing classes. She asked her students to answer the question, “What is it like to have a learning disability?” The classes attacked the assignment by first brainstorming about the question, “What is a learning disability?” Then Debbie told them not to worry about spelling or punctuation, but just to write about how they feel.