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Blog - Insight into LD

03Sep

blog 14.9.3When talking with a child with a learning disability or significant attentional challenges, keep in mind these words from Peggy O’Mara. “The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.” Whether interacting as the parent, sports coach, volunteer or scout leader, our words have a tremendous impact on our children. What we say and how we say it has great importance. Do you sometimes hear the voice of your Mom or Dad in your head?

27Aug

blog 14.8.27For those of us who liked school, the opportunity to interact with our children around their learning is enjoyable. But our children who struggle may not view our “meddling” in the same way we do. A writer for the New York Times shared the experience of “helping” her 12 year old son with an essay. The essay earned a 73 percent, leaving her son in tears over his mother’s “improvements” to his work.

19Aug

blog 14.8.19Your child has new shoes, new clothes and maybe a new backpack for the start of the school year. You are excited to see the children going back to school and the return of a regular routine. In your effort to get your child excited about the start of the school, be careful not to overdo it! Don’t set the bar too high by suggesting this school year will be lots of fun, because the student will get to do homework, change classes or buy lunch at school.

06Aug

blog 14.8.6We are two weeks away from the start of school in some districts in the community. Our kids have been playing video games, watching movies, having sleepovers and generally going to bed late and getting up late. What will happen when they have to get up at 7:00 on the first day of school? It won’t be pleasant! 

01Aug

blog 14.8.1A recurrent theme during parent conferences at the end of our “Adventures in Summer Learning” program is a parent’s belief in her child’s capabilities as a learner. A child may have been struggling in some aspect of learning, but his parent was certain that given the right circumstances, this could be overcome. Seeing a child gain some strategies and experience a feeling of competence is a terrific reward for a parent, too. 

21Jul

blog 14.7.21When my children were small, we made frequent trips to the local library and read stacks of picture books, exploring the wide variety of reading experiences available to us. Each of my children had a special book that became his or her favorite, and a hardbound copy eventually became a birthday or holiday present for each.

14Jul

blog 14.7.14“Having a learning disability is very hard and I don’t feel like ME.  I always try, but I feel alone because no one else acts like I do.”  ~ Vivian, age 8

10Jul

blog 14.7.10This blog is entitled “Insight into LD,” and who better to give us that insight than students with learning disabilities.

This week at Springer, we are concluding our four-week summer program, Adventures in Summer Learning. We are pleased to have three Springer alumni working with the program this year. Because of their experiences with learning disabilities, all three alums are interested in pursuing careers in special education.

02Jul

blog 14.7.2Once parents experience Springer through their children’s eyes, they can’t help but become fans of Springer.  One parent even said, “I wish all children could go to a place like Springer.”

30Jun

blog 14.6.30Kids feel different once they begin school at Springer, and so do their parents. When children are unhappy, often times parents are hurting for their children. It is no wonder that all the parents interviewed felt a sense of relief once their child began the Springer Experience. “Now I can go back to parenting, instead of instructing, advocating, and standing up for my child,” said one. “I trust the Springer experts.”