Homework Blues Already?

Jill Stowell ADHD, Anxiety, Classroom, General Information, Homework, IEP, Learning Disability, Reading, School, Writing

At our Parent Information Meeting this week, a parent shared that her son spends 5 hours a night on what should be less than an hour of homework. Another parent said about their son, who also seems to do nothing but homework once he gets home from school, “We just want him to have his life back!” When my son was …

Augh!!! My Teacher Talks Too Fast!

Jill Stowell Attention, Auditory Processing, Classroom, General Information, IEP, Learning Disability, Processing Speed, School

What does horse racing have to do with people talking too fast?  Nothing really, but I wonder if that’s what it feels like to students with slow processing speed.  Race horses fly by in a blur. What would school be like if words flew by you in a blur? Students with learning challenges sometimes feel like their teacher is talking …

“Am I Dumb?”

Jill Stowell General Information, Learning Disability, School

Last week I met a delightful mom who was trying to understand and get help for her equally delightful 8-year-old boy.  She shared that he came home from school asking “Mom, am I dumb?” I’ve heard this scenario so many times over the years.   Why would a smart child or teen or adult think they’re dumb? When you’re smart but …