What if “Try Harder” isn’t the Answer?

Briana Hurst Auditory Processing, Classroom, Development, General Information, Homeschool, Homework, IEP, Learning disabilities, Learning Disability, Low test scores, Processing Speed, Reading, School 0 Comments

Ashley was a bright, popular, engaging 11th grader who was failing History and barely scraping by in her other classes.  Her parents and teachers were extremely frustrated with her underachievement and were adamant that if she would just try harder, she would get better grades.  Her parents were fearful for her future as her apparent lack of effort was going …

Frankie’s Story- The Catalyst for Change

Briana Hurst Classroom, Development, Developmental delays, Dyslexia, Executive Function, General Information, Homeschool, Homework, IEP, Learning disabilities, Learning Disability, Mental Health, Poor grades, Reading, School, Spelling 0 Comments

Last week I attended a media training event and was interviewed by Mike Koenigs.  He asked me about the root of my passion for correcting learning and attention challenges.  And I remembered a student, a 12-year-old boy… Thirty-five years ago, I was teaching special education in a public school when Frankie slouched through my door.  He was very bright and …

7 Myths and the Truth About Learning Challenges

Briana Hurst ADD / ADHD, Anxiety, Asperger’s Syndrome, Attention, Auditory Processing, Autistic Spectrum, Classroom, Comprehension, Core Learning Skills, Developmental delays, Dysgraphia, Dyslexia, Executive Function, General Information, Homeschool, Homework, IEP, Learning disabilities, Math and Dyscalculia, Primitive Reflexes, Processing Speed, Reading, School, Sensory Processing, Social Skills, Spelling, Sports, Writing 2 Comments

Myth #1:  People with learning challenges just aren’t that smart. Truth:  By definition, students with learning disabilities have average to above average intelligence.  This is why it is so frustrating and confusing for all involved when otherwise typical students struggle in school Myth #2:  Students who struggle in school are just lazy. Truth:  After multiple failures, a student may give …