11 12, 2017

School Evaluations for Emotional Challenges


When a child’s emotional needs get in the way of his or her education, a request can be made for an assessment to see if the needs are severe enough for Special Education or a 504 plan. Put this request in writing. If your child is already in Special Education, the assessment would find out if counseling should be added to the IEP as a related service. Because Special Education counseling is to help students with their emotions so they can benefit from their education, when writing a request for an evaluation, use school examples. Areas might be grades and meeting [...]

School Evaluations for Emotional Challenges2018-10-16T16:35:04-05:00
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
6 12, 2017

13 Holiday Survival Tips For Your Child With Special Needs


While most children live for the holiday season, it can be an extremely stressful time of year for children with autism and other forms of learning disability. The disruption to their routine, unfamiliar sights and smells, the house full of noise and people – it can all prove too much. Holidays are all about the family, but it can be hard keeping everyone happy. The following tips for surviving the holiday season have been contributed to Scope by parents of children and adults with special needs. The general consensus seems to be to plan ahead. Whether that’s creating a visual story [...]

13 Holiday Survival Tips For Your Child With Special Needs2018-07-23T14:29:46-05:00
8 05, 2017

The Dyslexia-Stress-Anxiety Connection


Stress is the reaction of the body and brain to situations that put us in harm’s way. The stressor may be a physical threat (e.g., a baseball coming quickly toward you) or a psychological threat (e.g., a worry or fear that you will make a mistake delivering your lines in a play or write a passage that won’t make sense to the reader). Stress, or more specifically, the stress response, is our body’s attempt to keep us safe from harm. It’s a biological and psychological response. When we’re under stress, the chemistry of our body and our brain (and, therefore, our [...]

The Dyslexia-Stress-Anxiety Connection2018-07-25T15:33:21-05:00


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