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Elementary School Warning Signs

Posted by Krystal Hundt on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 @ 02:28 PM

She had the brightest blue eyes that you can imagine, and her smile could light up the darkest of nights.  She had long vibrant red hair and her freckles (or should I say angel kisses) always made me smile.  There was a time when she would spend many nights with severe upset stomach to the point of sickness.  She did not want to go to school and her parents were concerned.
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Kindergarten Warning Signs

Posted by Krystal Hundt on Mon, Apr 22, 2013 @ 02:15 PM

This month our focus is on getting early access to help or interventions. Far too often we see children, and even adults, who have struggled for years before getting help. Our goal is that by getting children help sooner, we can limit the emotional toll, stop developing behavior issues, and prevent negative attitudes toward school. It’s tough to get excited about going to school when school leaves you feeling like a failure.

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Topics: learning disabilities, love learning, warning signs, free download

Preschool Warning Signs

Posted by Krystal Hundt on Mon, Apr 15, 2013 @ 03:36 PM

One of the questions we hear on a regular basis is "How do I know if my child needs help?" Today we are going to start answering that question for the early years. Over the next few weeks we will specifically look at older children as well. When looking at children in the Preschool and Junior Kindergarten level, these are some of the areas that could raise concern:

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Topics: learning disabilities, love learning, warning signs, free download

Lance’s Lie - Why we lie

Posted by Krystal Hundt on Mon, Mar 04, 2013 @ 09:02 AM

This month we are focusing on some of the root causes of why we lie. Today’s focus is another underlying cause of lying - the brain’s ability to make ‘yes and no’ type judgements. When this skill is overdeveloped, a person is driven to be right or appear right. That person often will make a snap decision or response and then need to back it up or repeat the lie.
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Topics: learning disabilities, parenting, lying, behaviour

Homework: The Great Debate!

Posted by Matthew Turton on Mon, Feb 04, 2013 @ 01:13 PM

This month's focus is on Homework: The Great Debate! If we conducted a survey asking teachers, parents and students the pros and cons of homework, I'm sure the answers would vary greatly, even within each group. I've been involved in the field of education for over 40 years. During that time I've watched philosophical cycles come and go. At this point in history homework is fairly common even in the early grades!

 

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

'I Forgot My Homework' - Memory & More

Posted by Matthew Turton on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 @ 09:17 AM

Last week we talked about listening comprehension and the impact it has on schoolwork, homework and daily life as part of our series on homework avoidance. Today we will look at memory and how it can lead to homework avoidance.

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

"Are you listening to me?" Verbal Comprehension

Posted by Matthew Turton on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 @ 12:32 PM

Do your child’s eyes get glazed over when you’re talking to them? Do they have a hard time following through on instructions you’ve given them? When it comes time to do their homework, are they confused about what they’re supposed to do? Has their teacher commented that they often don’t get started on an assignment but just sit at their desk? All of these may be symptoms of poor listening comprehension.

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Topics: learning disabilities, parenting, classroom strategies, homework, behaviour, free download, teachers

"But I don't want to do my homework!!!"

Posted by Krystal Hundt on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 @ 08:51 AM

How often have you heard these words when homework time rolls around? This month, we’re talking about homework and why children often try to avoid it. Check out our other blogs on homework avoidance and other reasons children dodge homework. The underlying cause for homework avoidance I want to share with you today is: lack of success at school. Spending more time facing that failure is not very motivational.

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Topics: learning disabilities, parenting, love learning, homework

Learning Disabilities & Possibilities - Hope for the Future

Posted by Krystal Hundt on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 @ 12:52 PM

I recently read some updated lyrics of the classic song, Auld Lang Syne. In spite of hearing the traditional New Year's Eve anthem for decades, I had never really known the song's message. After reading it again I realized it refers to looking at times gone by as well as anticipating the times that are ahead. I found this version both easy to read and comforting. We are all celebrating the coming of this New Year. May we all be in unity as we anticipate the great things that 2013 will bring. 

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Topics: learning disabilities, client stories, behaviour

Short Term Memory - The Missing Link

Posted by Matthew Turton on Thu, Dec 13, 2012 @ 02:55 PM

Short Term Memory is perhaps one of our most important cognitive skills, directly impacting not only our learning, but our everyday life.

Short Term Memory is the gate through which all of our experiences filter. Many children struggling at school have poor short term memory which leaves them unsure of what the instructions were for the assignment they’re staring at and unable to start. Imagine training a new employee with poor short term memory! As much information as you pour into them, most of that information is leaking out.

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Topics: learning disabilities, parenting, reading disability, memory, behaviour

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