Blog - Insight into LD


blog 14.5.5May is here! You and your student are between two worlds. There is the excitement and satisfaction of successfully graduating from high school. Then there are the letters that you and your student are getting from the college that they will attend this August. Great! Two sets of very important paperwork and dates to keep straight. 


blog 14.4.17Many parents feel that all they do is scream at their children. They feel their home would be happier if they could find another way to communicate. These adults say they feel embarrassed to admit that they scream at home.  They do not want to scream at their children, but find themselves screaming when children do not come when they are called, or when they’ve left a disaster area somewhere in the house. You can fill in the blank with what sets you off.   


blog 14.4.14You 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.

Respect and care for books can be modeled and taught, enriching for children the notion that books are friends that when tended can bring joy.


blog 14.4.9We are so comfortable with the idea of a book that we can easily forget that children need to learn how they work – where’s the front? Which way do you turn pages?


blog 14.4.7When their children begin to learn to read, parents want to know what they can do to help them build the literacy skills they will need for success in school. But raising a competent reader can start much earlier. Children establish their relationship with books well before they are ready to read.


blog 14.3.28The end of this school year is approaching. Now is the time to think about storing your student’s final report card for this past year. Why? Sometimes children begin to struggle in later grades or as adult students, either due to an undiagnosed learning disability or undiagnosed attention/focus problems.


blog 14.3.18I recently had the opportunity to attend the Hamilton County Summit on Kindergarten Readiness. John Pepper, Retired Chairman and CEO of The Proctor and Gamble Company opened the Summit with a charge to create communication and collaboration on behalf of early childhood education and school readiness. He has been an advocate of Early Childhood Education on a national level for years, and a force majeure locally. 


blog 14.3.13The website PBS Parents stated in a recent article that “the skills and behaviors children develop early in life lay a strong foundation for their adolescence and adulthood.” Part of this strong foundation relates to self-determination.


blog 14.3.7If you read Part I of this blog on homework hovering, you may have been able to relate to the scenarios discussed. Included herein are some tips for parents struggling with an elementary age student, with a couple of goals in mind. One goal is to provide some parameters around fostering independence, and a second is to give you guidance on how best to address the issue of early learning difficulties.


blog 14.3.4Everyone from the TODAY Show to Wikipedia and the Urban Dictionary has weighed in on the hovering mother, often referred to as a “helicopter parent.” Parents Magazine even has a quiz to identify whether you too could be labeled “A Hover Mother.”