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Left vs Right Handedness – When should a child choose?

Posted by Matthew Turton on Mon, Apr 21, 2014 @ 10:31 AM

Superstition regarding left hand dominance was so strong that in medieval times the word "sinister" was used to describe the left hand. Even up to the 1970's, parents received tips on how to encourage right-hand dominance over left.

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Topics: parenting, learning disabilities, Brain Development

How does attention affect learning?

Posted by Matthew Turton on Thu, Mar 06, 2014 @ 10:27 AM

If a child has a learning disability there is a good chance that she suffers an attention deficit as well.  Likewise, children with attention deficits often have learning disabilities.  There can be varying degrees of severity in each area.  Low severity in each area can have a cumulative effect and hinder school success.

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Topics: parenting, learning disabilities, behaviour, Educational Assessment

Do children outgrow learning disabilities?

Posted by Matthew Turton on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 @ 04:24 PM

When learning disabilities first manifest, they are often interpreted as behavior problems that are best countered with discipline or stringent structure.  School officials may even suggest that the student will "grow out of" the behavior and develop an interest in school when the discipline helps the child develop self-control. 

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Topics: parenting, learning disabilities, FAQ's

Where do Learning Disabilities Come From?

Posted by Matthew Turton on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 @ 08:39 AM

There are many myths regarding causes of learning disabilities.  These myths lead to confusion and misinformation about what learning disabilities are and where they come from. In contrast, several plausible theories describe possible causes.  These causes are often not definitive, but instead offer possible explanations.  No matter the cause, children can develop the effected brain skills and begin to find success in school and in life.

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Topics: parenting, learning disabilities, FAQ's

Why get an Educational Assessment?

Posted by Matthew Turton on Wed, Nov 06, 2013 @ 08:13 AM

An educational assessment is the first step in determining the nature and extent of a learning disability.  By asking a student to complete a series of tests involving brain skills, we can discover the source of a learning difficulty and design the correct program to help a student overcome it. 

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Topics: learning disabilities, educational therapy, FAQ's, Educational Assessment

When Trying Harder Doesn't Work - Learning Disabilities and Beyond

Posted by Matthew Turton on Tue, Oct 22, 2013 @ 01:11 PM

It is difficult to be positive when a child is struggling in school.  The first assumption when a child is struggling in school normally has to do with effort: This student is not trying hard enough.  Once reaching that conclusion, parents, teachers, and school administrators may take an approach of negative reinforcement and "discipline" to get the "lazy child" to work harder.  

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Topics: parenting, learning disabilities, expectations, behaviour, homework

What is neuroplasticity?

Posted by Matthew Turton on Thu, Sep 05, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

For most of the 20th century, medical science assumed the brain was a static organ.  Knowledge processing and intelligence were considered permanent genetic attributes that could not change.  Schools often created a caste system: students labeled as slow were assumed to stay slow and high achieving students were kept to high standards with no room for shortcomings. 

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Topics: learning disabilities, educational therapy, FAQ's

ADHD: Checklist for Back to School Success

Posted by Matthew Turton on Tue, Aug 13, 2013 @ 11:45 AM

The event no child wants to see in mid-summer: a parent making a back-to-school checklist! Stores feature all the usual school supplies, the season's most current clothing fashions and accessories for students, and all other back-to-school related items.
This is a typical checklist for any child returning to school, but parents of children with ADHD have a different kind of back-to-school checklist to prepare. It takes more than school supplies and stylish outfits to help students with ADHD be successful in school.
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Topics: love learning, parenting, learning disabilities, behaviour, back to school, anxiety

How to Help a Child With Anxiety - Five Steps For Parents

Posted by Matthew Turton on Tue, Aug 06, 2013 @ 01:00 PM

Experiencing anxiety is quite normal.  Anxiety helps us avoid danger and it is often the typical response to particular situations, such as important tests and public speaking.  However, when anxiety becomes a generalized reaction to many situations, no matter their actual danger, then it starts to negatively affect quality of life and achievement. 

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Topics: love learning, parenting, learning disabilities, behaviour, back to school, anxiety

Visual Discrimination & Eye Tracking - How you can help!

Posted by Krystal Hundt on Mon, Jun 03, 2013 @ 09:50 AM

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Topics: reading disability, learning disabilities, Reading, eye tracking

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