“I Got Glasses! Now I Can Be Smart!”

Jill Stowell Dyslexia, General Information, Learning Disability, Reading

Homework is traditionally a battle of wills and tears at eight-year-old Sam’s house because he is so frustrated and struggles so much with reading. The day his mom got him some (secretly) plain glass glasses, Sam was ecstatic.  He told her, “Now I can be smart!”   Two thoughts struck me when Sam’s mom shared this with me: Struggling learners …

“I Don’t Want My Son Accommodated!”

Jill Stowell General Information, IEP, Learning Disability, Reading, Writing

At a Parent Information Meeting recently, a mom shared about her 7-year-old’s reading challenges. She finished by saying, “I Don’t Want My Son Accommodated!” This is not a stubborn parent or a parent in denial. Of course she wants support in place at school to help her son feel more successful. But fewer spelling words or taking tests orally, while …

Do Not Pass Go – Go Straight to ADHD

Jill Stowell ADHD, Auditory Processing, Core Learning Skills, Dyslexia, General Information, IEP, Learning Disability

Pay attention!  Pay attention!  Pay attention!  How many times can you tell a kid to pay attention before they finally get the message?  For some parents and teachers, it feels endless. Having worked with thousands of struggling learners over the years, I recognize that ADHD is a real and sometimes a devastating challenge for families.  I also know that when …