Blog - Insight into LD


For some of you summer is here, and for others, it is fast approaching. With summer comes joy, freedom, and fun for the children, and additional responsibility, planning, and maybe even apprehension for the parents. What are the children going to do all summer? Will they maintain their academic skills? Will they just lie around and watch too much YouTube? Here are some tips for planning a fun AND fruitful summer:


Giftedness, as defined by the National Association for Gifted Children, is outstanding levels of aptitude or competence in one or more domains. That is, a child must either demonstrate very high intelligence, as measured by an IQ or cognitive ability test, or he must have extremely well developed skills in an academic area, measured by a standardized test. Can a child who has a high IQ or extremely strong skills in math also have dyslexia?


When parents read about the warning signs of dyslexia and see it in their children, or they hear from the teacher that their child’s early literacy skills are below where they should be, the next question is often, “What I am supposed to do about this? I don’t know how to teach him to read.” There are things that you, as a parent, can do to help support your struggling child with learning how to read.


Last week, we discussed that dyslexia is the most common learning disability at both Springer and in schools, in general, and as previously noted on the blog, early intervention for reading difficulties is key. So what should parents look for if they suspect dyslexia in their children?


At Springer School and Center, our mission is to empower students with learning disabilities to lead successful lives. The most common learning disability that our students have is dyslexia, but what exactly does that mean?


Answers to Last Week's Facebook Poll

Last week we asked our Facebook friends about their knowledge regarding ADHD medication, based on commonly asked questions that we receive at Springer School and Center. We receive many questions from parents and educators concerning the use of medication in children with ADHD, so we consistently stay current on the most recent research to inform our practice. The poll answers are below:


One of the most challenging parts of parenting a struggling learner is having to deal with the emotional challenges that inevitably come. I have spoken with numerous parents who ask what to say when they hear their child come home and say, “I’m dumb.”


Everyone agrees that learning depends on memory. You likely have heard of long-term memory and short-term memory, but what is working memory? This term first appeared in 1974, when two English psychologists/researchers, Baddeley and Hitch, wrote a chapter titled “Working Memory” in Recent Advances in Learning and Motivation edited by G. A. Bower.


“Sugar-highs” occur when children bounce off the walls after eating large amounts of sugar…right? There is a common thought that sugar causes hyperactivity; however, the evidence is just not there. A number of studies have looked at whether sugar consumption causes behavior change, but the research shows that sugar has not been shown to affect behavior or cognitive performance.


As I look out my window on this freezing cold morning, summer seems so far away; but before we know it, leafy trees and shorts weather will be here. With that comes freedom from school! Students and teacher rejoice! Except one caveat—that darn summer slide.