Blog - Insight into LD


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?


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.