Blog - Insight into LD


blog 13.11.26Using support systems effectively is another one of the key factors that predicts success for students with learning disabilities. Many students receive support during school. They might work with an intervention specialist on a daily basis, have modified assignments and/or receive accommodations such as extended time on tests. Beyond these planned supports, successful students are willing to seek help from their teachers, peers, and parents.


blog 13.11.22In parenting or teaching a child with learning disabilities, it is important to be able to look to the future while addressing the issues of the moment. We know that learning disabilities are life span issues. We also know that many adults with learning disabilities are leading happy, productive lives. What then contributes to the success of adults with learning disabilities and how might one foster these success attributes in our children?


blog 13.11.19The 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 13.11.13I have heard the term “dysgraphia.” What does that mean? It sounds like dysgraphia would mean that your handwriting is hard to read.


blog 13.11.8A teacher mentioned that my child might have dyslexia. Exactly what does that mean?


blog 13.11.5Recently a parent 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 13.10.31In some recent gatherings of Springer’s Upper School students, I had an opportunity to introduce them to a new feature of the Mac OS X.8 Mountain Lion operating system, installed on their laptops. The new operating system includes built-in dictation and text-to-speech software.


blog 13.10.28This month I had the opportunity to ”talk tech” with groups of Springer Upper School students during Student Development class. I wanted to discuss with them the one-to-one laptop program – what is working, and what is not.


blog 13.10.25“Have you ever dreamed that you were flying?”  The question was posed to Springer students at a recent assembly, kicking off a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity on our campus. Daniel Dancer, artist, photographer, activist, and visionary, brought his craft and philosophy to students and staff, as we each became a single drop of black paint in a “painting” of our mascot, the Springer Eagle – a painting best viewed from atop a 50-foot crane.


blog 13.10.21Interestingly enough, the notion of individual brains “learning differently” has been around since 1877, when German neurologist Adolf Kaussamaul used the term “word blindness” to describe “a complete text blindness...although the power of sight, the intellect and the powers of speech are intact.” Research in this field continued through the 1800-1900’s, with the term and definition of learning disability actually being coined by Samuel Kirk in 1963.