22 08, 2018

5 Ways to Use Slow Processing Speed Accommodations at Home


Not all kids work at the same pace. As an educator, I’ve seen many kids with slow processing speed who are smart, but who struggle to keep up with the pace in the classroom. When these kids are at school, they are (or should be) given accommodations like extra time or pre-made notes to help them navigate their school day successfully. With all the pressures of parenting, however, it’s a different story at home. Parents often want kids to hurry up and finish their homework or chores so they can move on to the next activity on the to-do list. That’s [...]

5 Ways to Use Slow Processing Speed Accommodations at Home2018-08-22T16:26:55-05:00
7 12, 2017

Positive Emotions: Helping a Teen with LD Cope Better with Stress


With mounds of homework, looming SAT tests, and worries about the future – being a teen in today’s world can be incredibly stressful. Add a learning disability (LD) to the mix, and you’ve no doubt witnessed your fair share of short fuses. You can’t eliminate stress altogether for your teen – nor would you want to. But when stress is taking too high a toll, what’s the answer? A growing body of research shows that instilling positive emotions, such as gratitude, hope, awe, and compassion, can make a big difference. Not only can it counteract the fight-or-flight stress response and improve [...]

Positive Emotions: Helping a Teen with LD Cope Better with Stress2018-07-23T14:29:25-05:00
23 10, 2017

Excerpts from the Texas Dyslexia Handbook


Chuck Noe, PRN Education Specialist, shares excerpts of interest from the Texas Dyslexia Handbook (available online at https://www.region10.org/r10website/assets/File/DHBwithtabs10214.pdf) “Texas has a long history of supporting the fundamental skill of reading. This history includes a focus on early identification and intervention for children who experience reading difficulties, including dyslexia.” and determining a student's reading and spelling abilities and difficulties “In Texas, assessment for dyslexia is conducted from kindergarten through grade 12.”(page 6) New legislation includes the following: TEC §21.044(c)(2) outlines the curriculum requirement for institutions of higher education for teacher preparation to include the characteristics of dyslexia, identification of dyslexia, and multisensory strategies [...]

Excerpts from the Texas Dyslexia Handbook2019-10-03T12:30:32-05:00
4 10, 2017

5 Common Techniques for Helping Struggling Students


Teachers know that students walk into their classrooms with a wide range of abilities. But teachers try to find ways to meet the needs of all students, including those with learning and attention issues. Here are five common teaching methods. 1. Differentiated Instruction With this approach, teachers change and switch around what students need to learn, how they’ll learn it, and how to get the material across to them. When a student struggles in one area, the teacher creates a plan that includes extra practice, step-by-step directions, and special homework. Find out more about differentiated instruction. 2. Scaffolding This is a [...]

5 Common Techniques for Helping Struggling Students2019-10-03T10:56:23-05:00
26 09, 2017

Identifying Struggling Students


Early and accurate identification of learning disabilities and ADHD in schools can set struggling students on a path for success. But identification can be influenced by many factors—and too often is not happening early enough. Not all children with learning and attention issues are identified in school as having a disability. Students who are identified by schools as having a disability may qualify for one of two types of assistance. An Individualized Education Program (IEP) provides specially designed instruction, accommodations, modifications and related services such as speech-language therapy to students who qualify for special education. A 504 plan provides accommodations and [...]

Identifying Struggling Students2018-07-23T14:06:15-05:00
27 07, 2017

Comments that Parents Hear: “Your child is too smart to have an IEP.”


Fact: Intelligence has no bearing on disability or need. Even individuals with genius level IQs can have a disability that affects their ability to access the curriculum. A student with a disability and "high cognition" can have needs (organizational skills, homework completion, social skills, counseling, and classroom behavior, etc.) that need to be addressed through special education and related services. IDEA does not require schools to help a child reach their potential. However, OSEP does say that the school should "consider information about outside or extra learning support provided to the child".  This would include support the family is providing directly [...]

Comments that Parents Hear: “Your child is too smart to have an IEP.”2019-10-03T12:06:40-05:00


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