Concept Maps: A Tool to Help Learning

Concept maps turn verbal information (from speech or writing) into visual information.   Many of us could benefit from using concept maps. They can help a person study for a test, plan a report or paper, or even organize information that we have read. They often improve comprehension, organization, and memory. Concept maps are particularly helpful […]

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Fine Motor Weakness in Children: Skills and Tools That Can Help Handwriting

Fine motor weakness is common among school-age children and can certainly make learning more difficult.    Fine motor skills are the skills needed to coordinate small muscle movements with our hands and wrists.  They also coordinate actions with our brain messages.  When fine motor skills are delayed, children often struggle with strength, speed, and coordination.  Fine motor delays are […]

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How to Help your Child Adjust to Distance Learning, Homeschooling, or Modified Instruction

The terms “distance learning” and “homeschooling” are hotly discussed topics right now. Many districts and schools around the United States are opting not to start the year in person. While this helps ensure all of our safety, it is still frustrating for parents and children alike. You fear that your child will fall behind. You […]

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Multisensory Instruction for Reading and Math Using Puffy Paint

Read this to learn a simple approach to help your child with multisensory learning. What is Multisensory Learning As we’ve discussed previously on this website, a multisensory approach to learning is based upon the idea that students often learn best when the material is presented to them with all of their senses.  For example, the teacher […]

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Audiobooks Are Helpful for Everyone!

Many people have heard about audiobooks, but very few realize how helpful they can be. Audiobooks can introduce a new world of reading for many people.  Oftentimes, after work or school, people are restless or physically tired.  Additionally, some people are reluctant to read, and would rather watch TV, use electronics, or do anything else. And some […]

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How to Talk to Your Child about Her Learning Disability

“Just like our fingerprints, people are all different.  It’s no surprise that we learn differently too.” The above explanation is one that I often provide to young people when they are diagnosed as having learning disabilities.  I also explain to them that most of the time, our schools teach the most common, and sometimes the […]

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Back to School for the Kid with Social Anxiety

Being a kid with social anxiety isn’t easy.  As adults, many of us still have difficulty sitting down at a table and introducing ourselves to a group of strangers. In fact, many of us can say that if given the choice, we would likely choose not to be in that situation. Remember that your child […]

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How to Talk to Your Children about School Safety Threats

Threats to school safety are an increasingly common fear. Many parents have expressed concerns on how to respond to lock-downs, threats, and reports of violence at their child’s school.  Given the high number of reports of school violence in the last number of years, as well as the 24-hour news coverage of these events, people are understandably […]

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