REAL Changes for Struggling Students

Allison Lam Attention, Classroom, Comprehension, Core Learning Skills, Development, Executive Function, General Information, Learning Challenge, Learning disabilities, Learning Disability, Poor comprehension, Processing Speed, Sensory Processing, Weak executive function

REAL Changes for Struggling Students

Have you ever fallen short on a New Year’s resolution?  Yep!  I know I have.  New Year’s resolutions usually fall by the wayside because we don’t have a strong enough reason to make the change, or we don’t have a plan to get us through the tough parts of creating a new habit.

Our students with learning and attention challenges have a very strong reason to make a change.  They are smart, but struggling – working harder and longer than their peers day after day.  It affects how they feel about themselves; it may affect friendships; and it affects their time, their future, and their families.

Learning and attention challenges can change, but it’s going to take more than a New Year’s Resolution.

When bright children and adults struggle with learning and attention, there are almost always weak underlying processing/learning skills that are not supporting them well enough.  These are skills such as auditory and visual processing, memory, sensorimotor processing, processing speed, language comprehension, reasoning, and executive function.

If you have been told, as a parent or a struggling student, that learning challenges (including dyslexia and learning disabilities) are permanent and you just have to learn to get around them, you have been told wrong.

Most learning and attention challenges can be dramatically improved or completely corrected.  Is it easy?  No.  Is it quick?  Not necessarily.  But it is possible and permanent!  We see these changes all of the time!  Go to http://parentsatwitsend.com to hear directly from our parents about the changes their children have experienced.  Get a FREE copy of In Their Own Words: How We Change the World.

If this year, you want to stop the struggles in school and see a real change in your child’s learning, independence with homework, and self-esteem, I have 3 things for you:

  1. P.E.A.C.E. is our FREE monthly parent education and support group that will help you better understand your child’s learning challenges and needs and give you support and insight as the parent of a struggling student.  Go to http://learningdisability.com/peace-support-group/  for dates and RSVP.
  2. FREE Parent Information Night:  Come find out why smart students struggle, what can be done to change that, and how you can get your child started.  Go to http://learningdisability.com/parent-info-night/ for dates and RSVP.
  3. Go to http://parentsatwitsend.com to get a FREE copy of my bestselling book:  At Wit’s End A Parent’s Guide To Ending the Struggle, Tears, and Turmoil of Learning Disabilities

We would love to help you make this the year that things really do change for your struggling learner.  Happy New Year!

 

“Helping smart but struggling students dramatically improve or completely correct their learning and attention challenges by developing the underlying learning skills that are not supporting the learner well enough.”

 

We serve children and adults with diagnosed or undiagnosed learning and attention challenges including learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, auditory processing disorders, and autism spectrum disorders.

 

Jill Stowell, M.S.

Bestselling Author:  At Wit’s End A Parent’s Guide to Ending the Struggle Tears, and Turmoil of Learning Disabilities

Founder and Executive Director – Stowell Learning Centers

Creativity Abounds with Trans Siberian Orchestra and Dyslexic Thinkers

Allison Lam Dysgraphia, Dyslexia, General Information, Learning Challenge, Learning disabilities, Learning Disability, Reading, Sensory Processing

Creativity Abounds with Trans Siberian Orchestra and Dyslexic Thinkers

My son, Kevin, works for Trans Siberian Orchestra, so when the winter tour rolled into town this weekend, I got to see both Kevin and the show!

TSO puts on a spectacular show.  Having a bit of an inside track on how things work there, it is abundantly clear that it takes all kinds of talents and abilities to pull it off! Only brilliantly creative minds could have conceived such a show.  

Some of the most creative individuals I have ever met were profoundly dyslexic.  The out-of-the box, visual-spatial thinking style that can make learning to read so challenging is often exactly the type of thinking that fosters new ideas and creative, artistic talents.

One of our new students, a dyslexic 11-year old, can make such vivid mental images that her mind often transports her to a magical land of rainbows and unicorns.  Unfortunately, this makes it hard for her to be mentally present to focus on her teacher or her work.

Another student, 8 years old and dyslexic, could not read or speak clearly when we met her, but she was able to draw and paint with astounding maturity.

Both of the girls, though very creative and talented, have experienced frustration and failure at school.  

In spite of good intelligence and strengths in many other areas, dyslexic students can be completely confused or overwhelmed by print.  They know they should be able to read and spell, but it simply eludes them no matter how hard they try.

It is traditionally believed that if you are dyslexic, you just have to live with it and find ways around it.  It astounds me that this is still the common belief, when the research proving differently has been out there for over 30 years.  

Students with dyslexia can learn to process the sounds in words in order to make sense out of phonics, and can gain control over their letter confusion and visual disorientation.  We’ve seen it thousands of times and so many of our previously dyslexic students are now college graduates and successful adults.

But what of their talents?  If we eliminate the dyslexia, will our students lose their creative abilities?  

The answer is, “No.”  What they will lose is the frustration of being smart but unable to perform as expected.  The “disability” part of dyslexia can change while leaving the creative talents intact.

 

If you or your child struggle with dyslexia, learning, or attention challenges, things can change!  While there are no simple, overnight solutions, dyslexia and most learning and attention challenges can be dramatically improved or completely corrected through developing the weak underlying skills that are causing the student to struggle and remediating the affected academic areas.  Need to know more??

 

JOIN US for a FREE Information Night.  

Click here for details and RSVP http://learningdisability.com/parent-info-night/.

 

“Helping smart but struggling students dramatically improve or completely correct their learning and attention challenges by developing the underlying learning skills that are not supporting the learner well enough.”

We serve children and adults with diagnosed or undiagnosed learning and attention challenges including learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, auditory processing disorders, and autism spectrum disorders.

 

Jill Stowell, M.S.

Author:  At Wit’s End A Parent’s Guide to Ending the Struggle Tears, and Turmoil of Learning Disabilities

Founder and Executive Director – Stowell Learning Centers

Holiday Hijack

Allison Lam Attention, Classroom, Core Learning Skills, Development, General Information, Homework, School, Uncategorized

Don’t Let the Holidays Hijack Your Child!

Keeping kids on track all the way to winter break

Happy Holidays!  The calendar has finally caught up with the TV commercials.  So what does that look like for kids still in school for one more month and families still dealing with homework?

Younger children get increasingly excited.  Teens get busy with social events.  Class routines get disrupted with art projects, assemblies, and special program rehearsals.

All good stuff!  Except when it comes to homework!  For the next month, it will be harder for kids to settle down to do homework and harder to find time to fit it in.

 

Here are few keys to keeping kids on track all the way until winter break

  1. Keep your homework routine
  2. Acknowledge then move ahead
  3. Make it fun

Keep the Homework Routine

If your homework routine has begun to fall by the wayside, re-establish it and make it non-negotiable.  Students fight things less when they are “set in stone.”  Have a set time and place for doing homework.  Even if you can’t have the same time every day due to activities, create a schedule for the week that everyone can see and must adhere to.  

Acknowledge; Then Move Ahead

Kids will naturally be more distracted and excited at this time of year.  We can’t make them not feel this way and really wouldn’t want to, so it’s important to acknowledge where they are and then move forward to what they need to do.  Here’s how this might look:

For a younger student:

“You’re super excited aren’t you?  This is a fun time of year.  Right now, it’s homework time.  How about if I help you get started?

For an older student:

You’re anxious to talk to Sara about the party Saturday night, aren’t you?  It sounds like it’s going to be really fun!  Right now, it’s the time we’ve agreed on to do homework.  Why don’t you put a reminder in your phone to call Sara as soon as you’re done?

Make it Fun

Take advantage of the season.  

For example, if you are studying times tables, spelling words, or vocabulary with your child, you might put them on index cards and then separate them into Santa’s naughty and nice piles.  Be a little silly.  Put the cards the student knows in the “nice” pile!  “Yea!  That one gets a present this year!”  “Awesome!  This one goes in the nice pile!”

The ones the student doesn’t know go in the “naughty” pile.  “Boo, he was bad this year!”  “No presents for him!”   This takes the emphasis off of the student not knowing certain facts or words and puts the blame, in a fun way, on the fact/word itself.  Be sure to go back and practice the cards in the “naughty” pile to try to move them to the other pile.

Other examples:

“How about if you test out what I’ve been baking after you finish this assignment?”

Play Christmas/holiday music in the background.

Read a Christmas/holiday story for the nightly reading.

Be creative, have fun, acknowledge and enjoy the excitement, and keep your routine!

 

If Your Child Struggles in School, There Are Answers!

Do you or someone you know struggle at work or school? While there are no simple, overnight solutions, most learning and attention challenges, including Auditory Processing Disorder, can be dramatically improved or completely corrected through targeted brain training and academic remediation.  For more information:

 

JOIN US for a FREE Information Night.  

Click here for details and RSVP http://learningdisability.com/parent-info-night/.

 

“Helping smart but struggling students dramatically improve or completely correct their learning and attention challenges by developing the underlying learning skills that are not supporting the learner well enough.”

 

We serve children and adults with diagnosed or undiagnosed learning and attention challenges including learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, auditory processing disorders, and autism spectrum disorders.

 

Jill Stowell, M.S.

Author:  At Wit’s End A Parent’s Guide to Ending the Struggle Tears, and Turmoil of Learning Disabilities

Founder and Executive Director – Stowell Learning Centers