Blog - Insight into LD


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?


Remember MacGyver? That secret government agent who used everyday objects, and the ever-present Swiss Army knife, to solve complicated problems?


Frequently, Springer alumni return to help with the Adventures in Summer Learning program, and this year is no exception.


Springer’s summer program, Adventures in Summer Learning, is well underway. Students in Debbie Elbert and Amanda Forbes’ writing class are thinking about themselves, their difficulties in school, and what it’s like to have a learning disability or ADHD. Debbie and Amanda gave the students a chance to write about their thoughts and feelings. These are some of the things they wrote.


Tantrums and meltdowns are common in toddlers and even in preschool, but what about when your child continues to melt down at the drop of a hat beyond that age? Some children have a difficult time developing self-regulation skills – the ability to manage emotions and behavior. They often have strong emotional reactions to something upsetting, more so than other children their same age, and they have a difficult time calming down.


Now that summer is in full swing, it will likely be a short time before you hear those perennial summer words, “I’m bored.” And when children are bored, they often turn to a screen for entertainment. On our Facebook page last week, we quizzed you on media use and guidelines for children, and today we will give you the quiz answers and some suggestions for setting structure for media use in your family.


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.