Blog - Insight into LD


So your child has been in school for somewhere between four and six weeks now. The only communication you have had with your child’s teacher may have been the “meet and greet” during Back to School Night, and frankly, a part of you feels like perhaps no news is good news. Yet, homework is often a struggle, and you continue to scratch your head when trying to help your child with math.


Time is an abstract concept. The meaning of words like “yesterday, today and tomorrow” can be elusive for some children. Students with a learning disability may struggle with naming the days of the week or months of the year in order. As adults, we know that 20 minutes in the dentist’s office seems to pass more slowly than 20 minutes chatting with a friend. We know 20 minutes is the same no matter the activity – it just doesn’t feel the same!


Nearly every child, at some point in his academic career, will benefit from tutoring outside of school. The need may arise as early as first grade, or as late as the college years. A child may need a tutor because he is struggling to acquire the decoding skills required for reading or calculation skills in math. When you move to another school district, the material being presented in science or math may be different from that in the child’s previous school.


Although all colleges and universities offer services for students with a disability (LD and ADHD among others), an Individual Education Plan is valid only from kindergarten through grade 12. After high school, students are covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (ADA and 504) at the post secondary educational setting.


Setting aside the debate about the place of homework in education, the fact of the matter is that homework is part of everyone’s school/work life. It is never too late to embrace a homework policy in your home. There are many competing interests/obligations/distractions for the free time that exists outside of the classroom. As the parent, you provide leadership through your actions and attitude that will impact how your student approaches homework.


At this time of the year there are many blogs with the three or five things you need to do to get organized or to start off the day or school year right. It can be stressful just to read them, because it is overwhelming to consider a whole list of things that you currently don’t do, but “should.” What if we reduce it to one task that you can do every day? You might feel yourself letting go of some stress if there is just one thing that will help you.  


Your student is maturing and is ready for a smartphone! Your child is so responsible there won’t be a problem with texting during family meals, downloading apps without permission, using inappropriate language in messages, streaming videos under the covers when they are supposed to be sleeping or connecting with peers in the middle of the night. Right? All of us have a tendency to become preoccupied with something new.


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 some 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.


Mindfulness is a common buzzword in wellness literature these days, but what does it mean? Can it help you or your child with ADHD and/or learning disabilities? Mindfulness means maintaining awareness of your present thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, without judgment. That is, there is no “right” or “wrong” way to feel. The purpose is to pay attention to the here and now and not worry about what will be or what might have been.


For a struggling reader, should I have him listen or read? This is a question I hear often from parents and teachers alike. On one hand, research has shown that the more a child reads, the more likely he is to grow in his reading skills; on the other hand, if a struggling reader attempts to plod through reading above his level, how much will he understand? What should he do? Listen or read?