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‘Speechless’ Series Focuses on Special Needs

When the ABC sitcom Speechless premiers September 21, 2016, viewers will see a different kind of sitcom family. Minnie Driver plays Maya, the mother of three kids, one of which is a special needs child confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak. It has been over 25 years since a star in a TV show emphasized the life of a special needs child. Life Goes On (1989-1993) had Chris Burke as Corky, a young boy with Down syndrome. Speechless has Micah Fowler as JJ, a young boy with cerebral palsy.

Improve Memory Skills Easily

So many of our kids struggle with learning because they have poor memory skills, either auditory or visual memory skills. Their comprehension suffers. Their factual knowledge base suffers. One of the keys to improving skills is to improve your ability to remember the information you have been taught.

The basis of learning is ASSOCIATION.  This is how we learn new material. We make associations with new material to something we already know. We might attach an emotion to the new material.

Auditory Processing Activities

We all take in information through the senses: taste, smell, hearing (auditory), seeing (visual), and doing (tactile/kinesthetic). Within the auditory, visual, and tactile/kinesthetic areas, there are 9 sub-categories each. So what do you do when one or more of those areas isn't working as well as it should, could, and can?
Can you strengthen the system?

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Help for Parents of Learning Challenged Children

Have you ever asked yourself these questions?

Why it is that some children love learning and mine is continuing to struggle?

Why is it that my child struggles with reading?

Why is it that my child struggles with writing?

Why is it that my child struggles with math?

If any of this resonates with you, keep reading.

I was part of a Parenting Your Learning Challenged Child telesummit a few weeks ago. If you missed it, here is the recording of the interview.

Reduce Holiday Stress for Learning Challenged Kids: Replay is Here

Holiday time can be stressful for our learning challenged kids. Did you know...there are specific things you can do to lessen the stress over the holidays and then ease into the new school year?

Learn the 7 holiday activities that reduce stress and promote learning

Learn the 5 steps to set your child up for school success in January.

Holiday Activities for Dyslexia and ADHD Kids + Ease Into the New Year with Success: FREE Webinar

Holiday time can be stressful for our learning challenged kids. Did you know...there are specific things you can do to lessen the stress over the holidays and then ease into the new school year?

Parent Teacher Conference Tips

This is the season of parent teacher conferences. Conference time typically comes around once in the fall and once in the spring. (That doesn’t mean that is the ONLY time you can have a parent teacher conference.) Those are just the set times.

So, knowing that evidence of being engaged in your child’s education makes a difference in their school success, it is a really good idea to get involved…go to the parent teacher conference. You are your child’s partner in education. When they struggle, you are the one they depend on to help them get the help they need.

Great Movie: ‘A Child is Waiting’ on Blu-ray

This just in from Francine Brokaw...The movie 'A Child is Waiting' is now on Blu-ray. It is a great watch!  

Burt Lancaster and Judy Garland star in this extremely dramatic 1963 movie about mental illness. A Child is Waiting is intense and well acted.

Learning Disabilities Awareness Month: Does Your Child Forget to Take Things to School?

Children and adults with learning disabilities are typically as smart or smarter than their peers. What makes them different is they may have difficulty reading, writing, spelling, reasoning, recalling and/or organizing information if left to figure things out by themselves or if taught in conventional ways.

Those with learning disabilities can learn...they just need to be taught in slightly different ways...ways that strengthen their visual, auditory, and tactile/kinesthetic processing while teaching them the basic ls they need.