Blog - Insight into LD


blog 16.1.13The term, 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.


blog 16.1.6I have heard the term “dysgraphia.” What does that mean? It sounds like dysgraphia would mean that your handwriting is hard to read.


blog 15.12.16We all make resolutions for the New Year. Sometimes our goals are vague, with no end point, such as to lose weight or exercise more. We purchase a gym membership, go for a few sessions and then something comes up in our family. What do we cut? Another problem could be that the goal is so vague and so huge that there is little chance you will succeed!


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blog 15.12.2A teacher mentioned that my child might have dyslexia. Exactly what does that mean?


blog 15.11.18A parent once shared with me that her son’s school “doesn’t test for dyslexia.” It felt to her as though the school was implying that dyslexia isn’t a real, identifiable learning disability. But the truth is, it’s just a matter of terminology.


blog 15.11.11In a recent article on the Understood Web site (a comprehensive resource for learning disabilities and ADHD), blog writer Jamie Martin talks tech in a post entitled The First Assistive Technology I Recommend to Parents.


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.