Blog - Insight into LD


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.


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.  


Knock, knock.
        Who’s there?
        Banana who?
Knock, knock
        Who’s there?
        Banana who?
Knock, knock
        Who’s there?
        Orange who?


Parenting a child who struggles in school brings with it a unique set of challenges, one of which is finding a school that takes a different approach to learning. Springer School and Center has provided that “different approach” to thousands of children with learning disabilities for over four decades. But I know that making the decision to change schools is a complicated one.


In March of 2017 then Center Director, Stephanie Dunne, wrote an important article that remains pertinent in our work with families that are impacted by ADHD. The question is still being asked, so let’s see how we might respond to this question.


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.”


When a teacher describes a student as being “on the bubble,” they mean that a child is barely meeting the bottom benchmark score on some academic standard.  It could mean that your child correctly answered 1 question above the cutoff score for intervention in Reading, Writing or Math. Being “on the bubble” indicates that a skill is not secure.


A central goal of parenting is to help our children eventually lead independent, successful lives. In order to foster independence, it is important for parents to provide supportive environments that allow children to have opportunities to learn and grow through new experiences.


Students who struggle in reading, writing or math are at greater risk for summer learning loss. As parents, we know that! The constant negotiation to get them to read, write or do a few math problems saps everyone’s energy and makes for an unpleasant summer. Let Springer School and Center help you!


Experts agree that a certain amount of stress or pressure can provide a sense of urgency to meet a deadline. When the deadline is met, the stress is relieved. In other instances, people avoid a stress by choosing not to travel by plane, for example. In medicine, it is well known that chronic stress has an impact on health. Chronic back pain, headaches, sleep disturbance, heart disease and depression can be linked to long-term exposure to ongoing stress.