Working on ASD Time*

In the book ‘Simple Strategies that Work’ (AAOPC Press), Brenda Myles talks about ‘ASD Time’ as meaning “Twice as much time, half as much done”.

Getting Homework Done

Is homework time a time of the day that you dread? It can be difficult to support your child with his or her homework as they may be reluctant to do it or resistant to your support. Maybe these tips will help to take the stress out of homework time…

Perfect Praise

It is vital that children know what they are being praised for. We are all guilty of giving out a generalistic “Good Job” or unspecific high fives but studnets need to know what it is that they have done right and what they are being praised for.

Setting Goals and Targets

We all want to set high expectations and goals for our children and students and ensure that they are successful at school, at home and with friends. One of the mistakes that we are most likely to make when setting targets with our children is setting them too high. One reason for this may be […]

Superflex!

For the past week or two we have been learning about ‘flexible thinking’ using Michelle Garcia Winner’s ‘Superflex’ curriculum with the Grades 2 through 4 students.  The programme centres around a mythical town called ‘Social Town’.  The greatest superhero that ever was used to live her but he has gone missing!!! In his absence, the […]

Working Memory

Dr Tracy Alloway from the University of Stirling in Scotland is a world leader in the area of working memory and has conducted a range of government funded research which has aided our understanding of what working memory is and how it affects our ability to learn.

Family fun and games for learning

Studying and mastering difficult concepts can be hard work for kids with learning disabilities, but you can also reinforce those skills when you’re having fun. Playing games gives you some nice together-time with your kids, and they may not even notice they’re learning something in the process. Here are some ideas to try: Math War. The card […]

Accommodations or Modifications?

What’s the Difference? Accommodations &  Modifications   Many times teachers use vocabulary in Planning meetings that often is misunderstood or interpreted differently. Two words I immediately think of are accommodations and modifications. Let’s clarify them below using Freedman’s definitions: Adaptations that provide access to the general curriculum but do not fundamentally alter the grade-level standards are […]

What is Occupational Therapy?

Definition: Although it sounds like it should involve finding a job or developing work skills, Occupational Therapy actually deals with strengthening fine-motor skills like writing, cutting, shoe-tying and using utensils. For adults recovering from an accident or stroke, that may include work-related skills; for children, whose “occupation” is school and play, it will focus more sharply […]

ADDitude Magazine

A magazine on living with attention deficit. All sorts of resources for children, adults, parents, or anyone who knows somebody with attention deficit. http://www.additudemag.com/index.html

Using Multi-Sensory Teaching Methods

Studies from the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development have shown that for children with difficulties learning to read, a multisensory teaching method is the most effective teaching method. This is especially crucial for a dyslexic child. But what does it mean? Using a multisensory teaching approach means helping a child to learn […]

LD OnLine Forums

Research, ask questions, interact or read messages posted by parents and educators about LD and ADHD issues. http://www.ldonline.org/xarbb/?catid=769

First person account

Here is a really inspirational story from one 13 year old female.  More first person accounts can be found at www.ldonline.org. Hope! By: Amanda, Age 13, Boston, Massachusetts Ever since I can remember, I have had trouble in school. The teachers always told me to try harder even though I was trying my best. All […]

Links for Reading Practice

Links for reading practice

OK – let’s get it done! Organization

Helping your child learn organizational skills may be quite a challenge for both of you. There is no blueprint for organization. What works one year or for one class will not work for another. Still, if you stay flexible, you can help your child recognize, improve, and work around his or her organizational challenges.

Video shows why it’s important for parents to take action early

Rick Lavoie shows parents why it’s important to take action. “Parents sometimes worry that they’re overreacting when their child isn’t reading in first and second grade,” says Lavoie. Watch the video More information about parenting from this website

Misunderstood Minds

Do you ever wonder how it feels to have an attention management deficit or a memory difficulty?  ‘Misunderstood Minds’ has a couple of really nice interactive activities that give us a taster of just how much of a challenge a classroom, learning or read or doing math can be for some of our kids with these […]

Addressing articulation errors at home

Does your child have a speech sound error or two that he doesn’t seem to be outgrowing? By age seven or eight, children should have mastered all of their speech sounds. Some sounds, such as t, d, k, g, p, b, and f, should be produced correctly well before that age. If you suspect or […]

ESL and the misdiagnosis of Special Educational Needs

This article from LD Online discusses an issue that is particularly relevant to educators in International Schools – the misdiagnosis of learning support needs among English Language Learners. Reasons for the Misidentification of Special Needs among ELLs   By: Else V. Hamayan, Barbara Marler, Cristina Sanchez-Lopez, and Jack S. Damico (2007) To ensure that misidentification […]

CAPD

CAPD stands for Central Auditory Processing Disorder.  One of the best articles we have come across online is from the wonderful  ldonline.org.  See below: By: Judith W. Paton (1997) The easiest, quickest way to communicate is simply to say something and then deal with the other person’s reply, right? Right, unless your listener has a […]

Moving on and Finding a New School

  Transitioning to a new country with a new workplace, friends, house, school and life is very difficult. There is so much preparation, investigation and exploration that goes on beforehand. It can be difficult to find a school that you like, that you think your children will do well in and that is close to […]

Unpopular children: Why don’t they like me?

A new theory claims that being an unpopular child is a learning difficulty, just like dyslexia – and the good news is that it can be treated By Tanith Carey Tuesday, 15 February 2011   Forever alone: having good relationships with peers is essential to self-esteem and success. At the age of nine, Victoria is […]

No more ‘Asperger’s Syndrome’

Article on the move to eliminate the term Asperger’s Syndrome from the DMV. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/AutismSymptomsDiagnosis/aspergers-syndrome-set-lose/story?id=13674552

What are the benefits of Educational Psychological testing?

In certain circumstances parents will be asked to arrange for a full Educational Psychological Assessment for their child.  The fundamental reason for this is to give the LS teachers a greater understanding of the root causes of a difficulty that a student is having in order to plan the best possible supports in the classroom. […]

What a difference a diagnosis makes…

Oh my word!!! How much do I love this newly discovered site – www.smartkidswithld.org  ?  This site takes a genuine and honest look at the positive side of a learning difference diagnosis and encourages kids and parents to do the same.  Please do explore it for ideas about open and honest understanding of learning disabilities […]

Reading Resources for Children with Special Needs

The United States Department of Education has a tremendous amount of information available for parents of special needs children. http://www.specialednews.com/reading-resources-for-children-with-special-needs.htm To understand the vast amount of types of specials needs look to the Federal Citizen Information Center website. There you will find government and private sources available for parents of special needs children. Special needs […]

Metacognition: Problem-Solving Skills for ADHD Children

Help your ADD/ADHD child’s metacognition with these tips for learning and applying problem-solving skills at school and at home. by ADDitude Editors   Metacognition is the ability to stand back and see oneself when doing a task. You ask yourself, “How am I doing? How did I do?” A young child can change behavior in […]