Blog - Insight into LD


Springer School and Center’s own Technology Integration Specialist Barbara Hunter, MEd, has partnered with Monica Hassell, RN, to write an article entitled “Flight, Fight, Freeze or Fib,” recently published in Additude Magazine. Monica is co-director and principal coach for Connect ADHD Coaching in Brisbane, Australia. The authors consider why children and adults tell “fibs,” but especially why individuals with ADHD do.


In a blog post two weeks ago, I mentioned “Structured Literacy.” This is a term that the International Dyslexia Association is using to describe explicit reading instruction. These instructional approaches include direct instruction in breaking words into sounds. Then sounds are taught and associated with specific letters or letter patterns. The student has to learn to produce the letter when given a sound, and then when shown the letter, provide the corresponding sound.


School and home life are hectic under the best of circumstances. It can seem easier to go ahead and do everything ourselves rather than going through the hassle of prodding, cajoling and issuing constant reminders to get family members to play their part. Are there less painful, more successful ways to get children to be ready for school in a timely manner, come home with the correct homework or complete a chore?


You have received one of those dreaded reports from school that your student in a grade from K through 3 is not meeting the curriculum standard in reading. You immediately blame yourself for not reading to them enough, for having a job, or worse, you blame your child for “not working hard enough.” Let’s take a step away from blame and toward what this report means for your child.


Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability. Dyslexia can appear as a challenge in decoding unfamiliar words, spelling, using correct grammar, understanding and using language to express oneself verbally, writing, or in a slow reading or writing pace.


About 80 percent of students on an Individual Education Plan (IEP) under the category of Specific Learning Disability have a reading disability. The International Dyslexia Association defines dyslexia as “a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin.


Modern technology has made our lives so much easier. We can communicate quickly with someone through text or a one-sentence email. We can dictate reports instead of using the keyboard. Our children can look up solutions to math problems and watch someone work the problem online, read original newspaper accounts of historical events or do research on a topic for an essay.


Parents and students always feel a bit nervous about the start of a new school year. Our children look forward to reconnecting with friends, getting new clothes and being with new teachers. At the same time they may be concerned about riding the bus for the first time, entering a new classroom or transitioning to a new school.


You probably remember this commercial for the office supply store. In the background you heard the song “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Parents are skipping while pushing the shopping cart through the store. The children walk slowly behind them looking sad. It is the beginning of a new school year.


We are three weeks away from the start of school in some districts in our community. Our kids have been playing video games, binge watching Netflix, having sleepovers and generally going to bed late and getting up late for weeks. What will happen when they have to get up at 6:30 or 7:00 on the first day of school? It won’t be pretty, as they say. Nothing like a cranky child to get the day off to a good start!