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Blog - Insight into LD

31Jan

In grades K – 2, students are regularly administered short assessments for purposes of progress monitoring, usually in Reading and Math. If a student was identified for additional instruction, at some point he scored below benchmark for grade level on some academic measure. The student begins intervention with a specialist instructor, likely in a small group meeting several times per week.

17Jan

If the teacher tells you that your child is “on the bubble,” he is not referring to her skill with soap. He is saying that your student’s score on some academic standard is right at the boundary between meeting a benchmark or falling below it. It could mean that your child correctly answered one question above the cutoff score that would trigger help in a particular subject.

10Jan

At the beginning of every school year, every marking period and every New Year we ponder the huge changes we need to make if we want a peaceful/happy home. With teenagers, preschoolers, students with ADHD/LD or just children in general, home life can at times seem chaotic and unhappy. Someone always seems to be miserable, angry, tired or disappointed.

13Dec

Many parents have strong opinions about whether to provide an allowance to their children. Some are of the opinion that children should do chores and other jobs at home without receiving a monetary reward. Pride in making a contribution to the family should be enough motivation. Other parents find it perfectly acceptable to provide a weekly allowance at a certain base rate, perhaps with extra pay for additional work. They view allowance as a means of teaching money-management skills.

06Dec

I was recently looking at a website related to issues with ADHD and Learning Disabilities. I stumbled upon a string of emails from mothers about their children’s bedrooms. They were frustrated with the disarray in the bedrooms, constant fruitless efforts to improve the cleanliness/tidiness of the bedroom, and then expressing feelings that this reflects poorly on them as parents.

29Nov

This is a good time of year to take a few quiet moments and reflect on your parenting of your child with learning difficulties. What are your feelings about your child’s 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?

17Nov

Every year, much is written about how to prevent holiday stress. When you have a child with ADHD/LD, it is important to recognize and accept that the time from mid-November through January 1st will be a significant challenge for your child. Having the weekday schedule disrupted, even by happy occasions, upsets the normal rhythm of the day.

08Nov

Many schools are closing their libraries, laying off their librarians, and getting rid of physical books. Unfortunately, when the budget gets cut, libraries are one of the first things to go. This is doing a disservice to students and taking away a valuable and enriching resource.

01Nov

Engaging in reading can be intimidating for students with a learning disability and/or ADHD. Beginning with a book that is both interesting and in their reading level range can help students more easily engage in reading.

18Oct

In many families, Mom is the primary contact between school and home. But Dad also has an important part to play in a child’s achievement and social/emotional adjustment at school. The Center for Educational Statistics reports that when a Dad attends a school event or a parent/teacher conference, the child is more likely to get “good grades” across grade levels and the likelihood decreases of her failing a grade or being suspended from grade 6 onward.