Eliminate Academic Stress and the Need for Coping Strategies

Briana Hurst Anxiety, Classroom, Development, General Information, Homeschool, Homework, IEP, Learning Challenge, Learning Disability, Mental Health, Reading, School, Spelling, Test anxiety

We were working on reading in phrases and she was going along well, when her face started to crumple, her eyes filled with tears, and she began breathing very quick, shallow breaths.  The stress reaction was becoming full-blown very quickly. Just as quickly, when distracted from the task, 10-year-old Serena recovered and became her friendly, precocious self, able to briefly …

Frankie’s Story- The Catalyst for Change

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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 …

I Want My Happy Child Back!

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I HATE shrimp – especially the tiny ones used to make shrimp cocktail.  I hate how they look, how they smell, how they feel in my mouth, and how they taste.  I have a visceral reaction to shrimp, and needless-to-say, as an adult, I NEVER eat them. At our Parent Information Night last week, a parent shared that her smart, …