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blog 14.1.17On Sunday, December 1, 2013, The New York Times featured an article about the desperate need in the U.S. for workers with technical expertise. It is such a problem that German automobile manufacturers in the U.S. are partnering with schools in their communities to develop training programs and apprenticeships. The article noted that in Germany the students in these programs are young, but here in the U.S. the trainees are in their 20s.


blog 14.1.15For a student with a learning disability or deficits in executive function, this question requires careful consideration. The first indicator that a 4-year program may not be the first option is poor grades in English, Math, History or Science. In a 4-year college, the student will be taking these classes all over again, with papers and majors projects in every class.


blog 14.1.13Students who have been working hard for their entire academic career without seeing a payoff in the form of good grades do “burn out.” Consider a change. I am not talking about changing high schools. Look at your child’s program of studies. Does she need to switch out of a class?  Should she change to the next level of English or Math class? Something needs to be different for this student.


blog 14.1.9Lack of adequate sleep has been in the news for a number of years. Americans are getting less sleep and having greater problems with insomnia than our parents or grandparents. In children, poor sleep habits have been linked to disruptive behavior, problems with attention in school and general crankiness. The American Medical Association in 2012 indicated that many adults are also sleep deprived.


blog 13.12.18This week I was reading a post from a distraught mother of a sixth grade son, on one of the LD websites. It was painful to read, though the storyline not uncommon. Bright, seemingly intelligent dyslexic boy with ADHD, still reading at a first grade level, and given his average profile from testing, receiving accommodations only, and struggling with this daily stress producer called school. 


blog 13.12.13In the series just concluded, Executive Director Shelly Weisbacher discussed the 6 Success Factors for Children with Learning Disabilities, published by the Frostig Center. Last week she mentioned self-awareness as a parent. What are your feelings about your child’s learning struggles? How do your feelings impact your parenting style? Are you able to hold your child accountable for breaking rules? Do you attribute poor behavior to his learning challenge and dismiss it?


blog 13.12.11When helping your child with learning disabilities develop the 6 success factors of self-awareness, proactivity, perseverance, goal setting, social support systems and emotional coping strategies (all discussed in previous posts), it can be useful to revisit these factors as they apply to parenting a child who is struggling. To begin with, how would you rate your own self-awareness with regard to your feelings about your son’s learning disabilities?


blog 13.12.9In recent blogs, four of the six success attributes for individuals with learning disabilities, that have been identified by the Frostig Center and experienced firsthand through our work at Springer, were explored. The remaining two are emotional coping strategies and the less familiar term, proactivity.


blog 13.12.5Perseverance naturally follows goal-setting as a significant success factor for individuals with learning disabilities. Successful individuals are able to stay focused on a particular path or course of action even in the face of challenges. Equally important, they demonstrate an ability to be flexible and shift strategies as necessary to achieve their goal.


blog 13.12.2The ability to be goal directed is a third factor that is highly predictive of success for students with learning disabilities. However, just like the development of self-awareness and the use of support systems (discussed in previous blogs), children with learning disabilities need explicit instruction in how to set goals.