From Struggling Reader to “A” Student

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Samuel is an extremely bright young man, who had always been a struggling reader. He has an excellent memory. If his teacher asked him a question, and he could respond orally, he exceeded expectations. But, if he had to read the questions himself or put an answer on paper, the results were very different. By 5th grade, Samuel’s reading and writing were at least two years below grade level. He …


5 Parent Tips to Promote Academic Success

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It may feel like a lot of what happens after your child heads to school is completely out of your control: whether or not he or she likes the teacher or finds lessons interesting, interactions with other students, achievement on in-class assignments, or the ability to understand the curriculum. But there are still a number of things we can control as parents to help promote academic success this s…


Who Should Seek Vision Therapy?

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Our intervention programs are more often related to auditory processing, than visual processing. However, a number of our students also live with visual processing struggles. I recently had an opportunity to speak with Dr. Linda Lipstein. We discussed vision disorders, vision therapy, and the impact each has on learning.

Dr. Lipstein is a Doctor of Optometry. She also has a Masters of Educati…


A Little Drama Can Inspire Reading

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The recent popularity of the musical Hamilton has led to renewed interest in theater and poetry. Both types of literature are filled with concise, powerful language that can have a great impact on learners of all ages. They often include or evoke strong emotion, contain universal themes, and foster creative expression. The activities below highlight these literature forms. We hope these tips wil…


Is ADHD Over-diagnosed and Over-treated?

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There are a number of differing opinions about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and ADHD treatment methods. Here are some of the facts:

ADHD is a behavioral brain disorder that starts in childhood and affects people of all ages. There are three types: inattentive, hyperactive-impulsive, and combined.
Inattentive ADHD is more common in girls than boys. It is often overlooked or le…


Three Tips to Ease Back to School Stress

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The start of a new school year can be a stressful time for students and parents alike. This is especially true for students with learning difficulties. Whether the summer was fun filled and free of academics or included activities to help reinforce skills, starting a new grade level means new worries and a lot of unknowns. Children recall prior struggles and successes and wonder if the new year …