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

From Struggle to Flight

Allison Lam ADD, ADD / ADHD, ADHD, Anxiety, Attention, Auditory Processing, Autistic Spectrum, Classroom, Comprehension, Core Learning Skills, Development, Developmental delays, Dysgraphia, Dyslexia, Executive Function, Homework, Learning Challenge, Learning disabilities, Learning Disability, Mental Health, Poor comprehension, Poor critical thinking, Poor grades, Poor organization / study skills, Poor reading, decoding, spelling, Reading, School, Social Skills, Spelling, Test anxiety, Tutoring, Uncategorized, Weak executive function, Weak oral or written language, Writing

From Struggle to Flight

Dragon’s Teeth in Maui is one of my favorite places in the world.  Here in the coves created by lava flow, you can see sea turtles battling the currents and undertow as the waves pound in and out.  They are incredibly resilient and just keep going no matter how much they are tossed around.

I am reminded of our students.  They battle daily to stay afloat in school in spite of the constant struggle created by their learning and attention challenges.

This morning, I saw something amazing:  A young sea turtle was swimming by in calm waters.  There was so little resistance that it almost looked like it was flying!

This is what I want for our students – and what we know is possible in most cases.  By identifying and developing weak underlying processing/learning skills, we can eliminate the cause of most learning and attention challenges.  With strong underlying skills, the reading, writing, spelling, or math skills that have been affected can be remediated and can stick!  

Children and adults do not have to spend their lives waging an uphill battle with their learning or attention challenges.  They can learn to fly!

How Can Learning Skills Change?  What Do You Actually Do?

People ask, HOW can you do that?” Brain plasticity research proves that through targeted and intensive training, the brain can literally develop new neuropathways.  The brain can change and can learn to process information more effectively.

Over the last 30 years, we have trained with those doing the cutting-edge, clinical research in the field all over the world.  We have brought the knowledge, techniques, and programming of these experts into our center in order to create specific and targeted programming for each individual student.

Experience is Everything

On Saturday October 7, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., we are opening our doors to the public to come in and try out our various therapies and techniques.  Experience for yourself:

  • What it FEELS like to have a learning or attention challenge
  • What our students actually DO when they are at the learning center.

 

Click here for details and RSVP:  http://learningdisability.com/sim/

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