What Are You Thankful For?

Allison Lam Development, General Information, Learning Challenge, Learning Disability

What Are You Thankful For?

Doesn’t this look like so much fun!  I love Fall and the idea of playing in Fall leaves, even though we don’t have much opportunity for it here in So Cal!

Posted on the door of every station in our Chino center is a paper that says, “I am Thankful for…”  It’s fun to see all of the things that students and staff are adding to those lists.  We do have a lot to be thankful for!

I am thankful for our incredibly dedicated parents – who never give up; who know there’s more for their child; who stay committed to the process, even though it’s sometimes tough.

I am thankful for our Ambassador Moms and Dads who spread the word about SLC and the changes that can occur to other families with struggling learners.

I am thankful for our amazing SLC team who are so committed to their students and dedicated to changing the future for students with learning and attention challenges.

I am truly thankful for the dedicated researchers who have shown us that most learning and attention challenges do not have to permanent and for the opportunity to bring this actuality to families everyday!

 

Do you or someone you know struggle at work or school? While there are no simple, overnight solutions, most learning and attention challenges, including learning disabilities, dyslexia, and 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

Stop the Homework Battle and Get Your Confident Child Back

Allison Lam Anxiety, Attention, Classroom, Core Learning Skills, Development, Executive Function, General Information, Homeschool, Homework, Learning Challenge, Learning disabilities, Poor grades, Poor organization / study skills, Poor reading, decoding, spelling, Reading, School

Stop the Homework Battle and Get Your Confident Child Back

 

This is my, “I hate homework face!”  

If homework is a battle in your home, you probably see some version of this face on a fairly regular basis at homework time, though I’m guessing it’s not this orange!

Parents just like you, exhausted by the struggles with homework and the worry over their child’s plummeting self-esteem tell me repeatedly, “I just want my confident child back.”

When your bright child comes home from school and spends hours and hours at the kitchen table avoiding, arguing, or crying over homework, it is frustrating and confusing.  How can a child who seems so bright and talented in some areas, just crash and burn when it comes to school and homework?

The skills needed for learning can be placed on a continuum:

At school, kids are working in the top two tiers of the continuum learning reading, writing, spelling, math and all the different subject areas.  But there are whole sets of underlying skills that have to be in place in order to learn efficiently at the top of the continuum.  If you have weak underlying skills, you may have trouble paying attention and you may have to work harder or longer than expected, even though you’re smart and even if you’re motivated.

What are the results of working hard and getting poor grades anyway?

Of spending hours and hours on homework while all your friends are done and outside playing?

Of doing homework until 9:30 or 10 at night with only a break for dinner?

It’s the “I hate homework face!”  Not to mention the loss of confidence and self-esteem.

But, Parents, there is HOPE!

It is a common belief that children and adults with a learning disability or dyslexia just need to learn to live with it – to find ways around it, but this is simply is not true.  

The brain plasticity research in the last 30 years tells us that with intensive and targeted brain training, the brain can literally rewire itself.

If we want to correct a learning challenge, we have to Identify the underlying skills that are not supporting the learner well enough and develop them through intensive and targeted brain training.  This is not going to happen at school or with traditional tutoring.  These work at the top of the continuum.

Specialized therapies – speech therapy, occupational therapy, vision therapy – are all helpful.  Where they fall short is that they generally work with only one aspect of the continuum, so students are getting only a part of what they probably need.  What these specialized therapies don’t do is work with the full range of skills on the continuum.

At SLC, we identify and develop the weak underlying skills anywhere on the continuum that are causing the student to struggle and remediate the affected academic skills so that our student can become confident independent learners.

At SLC, we offer families real solutions to learning and attention challenges.  Over the last 30 years, we have brought the research and techniques of so many brilliant minds in the field together into a system the gives consistent, repeatable results.

In our years of taking our 12 year old son to a mix of therapies, schools and Learning Centers, we’ve seen varying degrees of the two: some with more knowledge than compassion, and some with more compassion than knowledge. SLC, on the other hand, seems to have a profound depth- and breadth- of both. No wonder our son is soaring! Thank you, SLC! Love, The Everfree-Gray Family

 

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

Parent Teacher Conference Tips

Allison Lam Anxiety, Classroom, General Information, School, Social Skills

 

Parent Teacher Conference Tips

Conference time can create all kinds of anxiety for parents. It’s not your turf. You’re not sure what to expect.

Here are a few tips:

Go in prepared. Have your questions or concerns written down.

Build rapport from the start by sharing something your child likes about the teacher or the class.

  1. Assume the teacher is on your side. Approach the teacher like an enthusiastic partner in helping your child.
  2. Think like a problem-solver. If you’re feeling defensive because the teacher is sharing challenges, steer the conversation towards solving the problem by saying, “If he’s misbehaving or has a problem, I really do want to know (and here’s the important part) so that we can find a solution together.”
  3. Collaborate: You know your child better than anyone. If you know your child is struggling and you have some tips for the teacher, you can share them by saying, “Here’s what I’ve found that helps when I see that behavior at home…”
  4. Special challenges: Don’t make excuses, but do help the teacher to better understand your child’s special challenges, needs, or circumstances if there are some.
  5. Ask for help or clarification.
  6. Tell teachers what you appreciate about how they work with you or your child. This encourages them to do it even more!

Why Do Smart Kids Struggle?

Reading, writing, spelling, math, and school skills are supported by numerous underlying learning/processing skills.   If one or more of these underlying skills is weak, it will stress the student’s attention and cause the student to have to work harder, longer, and less effectively than expected.

Most teachers try hard to support their students with dyslexia, learning, or attention challenges at school. However, the primary function of the schools is to teach academic skills and content areas to students – to expand their knowledge and their ability to apply it.   When students struggle, it can be very challenging for both student and teacher, in spite of efforts to modify curriculum and accommodate learning differences.

What to Do

At Stowell Learning Centers, we identify and develop the weak underlying learning/processing skills that provide the critical foundation for learning. While there is no overnight solution, most learning and attention challenges can be dramatically improved or completely corrected.

 

Do you or someone you know struggle at work or school? Are you ready for a change?

 

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