Only a small percentage of students with special learning needs attend college, but parents have the opportunity, from the moment their child is born, to insure that their child is one of the successful college graduates. Read more
All parents need to know about executive skills. These are the skills that help us monitor and direct our lives. We use our executive skills to plan and organize our behavior, make well-thought-out decisions, overrule immediate desires in favor of longer-term goals, take conscious control of emotions, and monitor our thoughts in order to work more efficiently and effectively.
Kids with ADHD have difficulty with one or more of the executive skills. And other types of learning issues can cause a child to have trouble developing and using their executive skills. Read more
The homework routine often becomes an activity that neither parent nor child look forward to. The parent’s role in the homework process is to be sure the work your child brings home is appropriate and to set up the conditions in the home that are necessary for your child to be successful. Read more
It is very important for parents of kids with special learning needs to work with their child’s teacher to make the school year as productive as possible.
Learn everything you can about your child’s new teacher by talking to the principal and looking on the website. Try to arrange an informal visit with the teacher before school starts.
Take your child to visit a new school before school begins. Be sure to point out the cafeteria, lockers, gym, classroom, bus stop, play areas, restrooms, and main office. Children need to know how to get around and find all the people and places they need during the day. Read more
I’m often asked how my educational therapy approach is different from tutoring. Tutors focus on teaching bodies of facts, and sometimes a small number of study skills. Tutors are basically helpful to students when the student learns relatively easily and has just fallen a little behind for some reason such as being ill.
But tutors are NOT trained in the way the human brain learns so they don’t know how to help students who learn differently or who have complicated learning needs. Read more
On this episode of Special Kid School Talk Dr. Kari interviews Jeff Gottlieb, special needs attorney, who provides you with tips and strategies for success at a due process/ fair hearing. Mr. Gottlieb will describe the resolution, mediation, and due process procedures so you know what to expect and discuss how to prepare for each type of meeting. This show will prepare you to be a more successful advocate for your child, even if you never have to file for due process. The IEP is over and you’re unhappy with one or more of the provisions in your child’s IEP. Maybe it’s the placement, or services, or accommodations, or goals. All you know is that you want more for your child and you want to know what to do next! The phase after the IEP is daunting to most of us (me too!).
Click here to see Mr. Gottlieb’s website.
On this episode of Special Kid School Talk Dr. Kari interviews Emily Iland, parent, author, and leader in the autism field about the best strategies for teaching children to understand what they read. Emily’s new book, Drawing a Blank: Improving Comprehension for Readers on the Autism Spectrum, is a wealth of resources for parents and educators. Ms. Iland is also the co-author of Autism Spectrum Disorders from A to Z (2004). Many children with special needs such as autism and learning disabilities have trouble making sense of what they read. What makes it even more confusing is that these kids can have good “decoding” or ability to sound out the words. Parents and teachers want strategies to help these kids!
Click here to see Ms. Iland’s website.
On this episode of Special Kid School Talk Dr. Kari is joined by Adelaide Zindler, the “Home Office Mommy” who shares her personal story of being a parent with ADHD, raising a daughter with autism. Adelaide will share how being labeled with ADHD impacted her, how she’s learned to have a “multi-sided” view of autism, her struggles as a parent, and how she’s been successful in dealing with the school system.
On this episode of Special Kid School Talk Dr. Kari interviews Dr. Esther Hess, developmental psychologist, about strategies parents can use to create and maintain a delicate balance between the emotional, social, physical and financial needs of all of their children. Parents often agonize about how to create a balance between attending to the needs of their special needs children while not neglecting the care of their neuro-typically developing children.