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How and When to Diagnose Learning Disabilities

Posted 05.26.2015 | MarloThomas

Diagnosing a learning disability can be tough if a parent doesn't know the signs or when to be on the look out for a potential learning disability. Dr...

Improve Your Child's Reading Level with "You TELL Me Stories"

Posted 05.26.2015 | MarloThomas

Lynn Rubin, founder of "You TELL Me Stories" and expert in the field of childhood learning disabilities, stopped by Mondays with Marlo to talk about h...

Childhood Symptoms of Learning Disabilities

Posted 05.26.2015 | MarloThomas

Diagnosis of a learning disability early on is the best way to help a child properly learn and thrive in both personal and educational circumstances. ...

Is ADHD Overdiagnosed?

Posted 05.26.2015 | MarloThomas

ADHD overdiagnosis is a hot topic in the media today.Dr. Lydia Soifer and Lynn Rubin, experts in the field of childhood learning disabilities, stopped...

Correctly Diagnosing a Child's Learning Disability

Posted 05.26.2015 | MarloThomas

Dr. Lydia Soifer and Lynn Rubin, experts in the field of childhood learning disabilities, stopped by Mondays with Marlo with some great advice for par...

Talking to Your Child About Learning Disabilites

Posted 05.26.2015 | MarloThomas

Dr. Lydia Soifer and Lynn Rubin, experts in the field of childhood learning disabilities, stopped by Mondays with Marlo to give some amazing tips to p...

Educational Alternatives for Learning Disabilities

Posted 05.26.2015 | MarloThomas

Finding the proper educational resources for your child's learning disabilities can be a struggle, however, Dr. Lydia Soifer and Lynn Rubin, experts i...

The Well-Intentioned But Misguided Advice of Neil deGrasse Tyson: Why Allocating More Time for Reading Is the Wrong Approach for Dyslexics

Todd Grindal | Posted 05.19.2015 | Education
Todd Grindal

We applaud Dr. Tyson for his comments regarding the value of diversity in the scientific workplace. But his comments show that when it comes to understanding how to best support people with learning disabilities, even the smartest and most well intentioned allies sometimes get it wrong.

Asperger's Is Not a Cheese

Lauren Salkin | Posted 05.14.2015 | Parents
Lauren Salkin

We stopped speculating about Son's ability to defy gravity and dragged him to a pediatric neurologist. To our surprise, his brain scans were normal. As far as the head tilt, the doctor said, "He'll grow out of it. It's nothing to be concerned about." Sure, he's not your kid.

Thank You For Teaching Special Education

Michele Gruba | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Michele Gruba

Aidan tells me all the time "Sarah Love me," and that is a great feeling. We are so thankful for all the effort and attention Sarah and the team give to our son.

The Next Frontier For A Special Needs Princess And Her Mom

Kathy Radigan | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Why my daughter? Why my family? It's not fair. It's just not fair. I'm ashamed to admit these were the feelings that were going through my head.

The Technology That's Giving Students With Autism a Greater Voice

Posted 04.20.2015 | Technology

Last year, Hanna Rosin, a well-known journalist for the Atlantic, wrote an article about her son’s Asperger's diagnosis. He lived with this label fo...

I Am "That" Parent

Smart Parents | Posted 04.14.2015 | Education
Smart Parents

I am that parent. Dear professionals: You know me, I am the one who asks questions. The one who will turn a 15 minute scheduled meeting into 45 minutes. The one who does not hesitate to let you know when things are not going well for her child.

Vanessa's Journey: Empowering Special Education Through Technology

Smart Parents | Posted 04.13.2015 | Education
Smart Parents

My daughter's story started like many children born with special needs - doctors telling us not to expect much. I did my research and discovered that visual learning may be one of her unique abilities. It's turned out to be true.

Why Investing in Kids Is Good for Business

Andrew D. Gillum | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
Andrew D. Gillum

The very future of our country will be tied to our ability to get children off to a good start in school and in life. This issue is no longer just for the bleeding hearts, the family advocates, or the parents of young children. This is an issue that affects every facet of our society.

My Daughter Isn't The Only One Who's Getting A Special Education

Kathy Radigan | Posted 05.19.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I left that day almost the same way I came in. Except my feelings of joy, gratitude and respect had grown, and my feelings of sadness and dread had almost, but not completely, disappeared.

My Deaf and Blind Daughter Beat the Odds Because I Expected Her To

Graciela Tiscareno-Sato | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Graciela Tiscareno-Sato

All of this is why moments of academic achievement in the life of a child categorized as deaf-blind by school districts, a child a kindergarten teacher once called "unteachable" to my face, is worthy of a party.

Why Aren't More People of Color Labeled 'Gifted'? Unlocking the Genius in All of Us

Eric Cooper | Posted 05.03.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Students (young and older) respond to instruction in the way that is expected of them. If taught as if they are slow, students will conform to that perception. Imagine what would happen if we treated all students, from the earliest years through their post-secondary studies, as if there were geniuses inside, simply waiting for recognition.

Your IEP Team Doesn't Hate Your Kid

Beth J. Caldwell | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Beth J. Caldwell

I can't even begin to count all the parents I spoke to over the years who were convinced that the special education staff at their school hated their child. The parents would ask for something that they believed their child desperately needed, but the staff would refuse to do it, or fail to do it.

5 Things You Need to Know When You Become a Special Needs Parent

Meredith McGee | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
Meredith McGee

There's no pamphlet they hand out with tips for the newly-minted special needs parent. Here are a few things from my experience that I think you should know:

3 Big Wins for Special Education in 2014

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.07.2015 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

The way that K-12 learners are taught is in rapid flux, particularly when it comes to students in special education programs. These are the students that need the most help and support and the ones where a push for higher parental involvement does not always bridge the academic gap.

Autism Without Fear: We Raise Money for Autism Research... But Not for Our Kids' Schools and Service Agencies?

Michael John Carley | Posted 02.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael John Carley

Many of us, as parents of spectrum kids, participate in "autism walks" or other events to raise money for autism research. But we don't volunteer anywhere near the same capacity for entities that directly impact our children -- our kids' schools or service agencies. Why?

How I Went From a Special Education Reading and Writing Class to a No. 1 Bestselling Author By 22

Tom Ayling | Posted 02.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Tom Ayling

You have the ability to do anything you wish, but you must first examine your true beliefs about achieving these things. If there are limiting beliefs holding you back, they must be replaced with empowering beliefs.

My Special Needs Princess and the Dreaded Parent Intake Form

Kathy Radigan | Posted 02.15.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Tears I had no time for started to fall freely. I gave myself two minutes and then made myself stop. I knew my 9-year-old's bus would be here soon. I found the form in a box I use for all the things I don't want to face and set it out on the table so I could fill it out once he got home.

What We Can Learn From the Developmentally Disabled

Karen Zainal | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Karen Zainal

I love the work organizations like KEEN does, but it saddens me that we actually need to recruit volunteers to fulfill social and emotional needs that wonderful people like Charles are often deprived of.