Give them the skills and time and they can succeed

pediatric profiler pictureI have a colleague in the National Speakers Association who has C4-5 quadriplegia. He has an active speaking career, traveling around the country on his own.  He has had to learn many strategies in order to be independent.  It was not fast or easy.

He filmed himself doing the task of undressing (not to the explicit level so still rated G) to point out what allowing individuals the time and skills could allow them to achieve.

This is a message I would like all of you to consider as you work with your children or your students and feel that time has run out and you can no longer provide the time to get them to the mastery level of a task.  Many of these children can already complete the task but need more time to use their cognitive skills to figure it out.

Here is Chad’s YouTube video.  Let me know what you think.

 

Dyslexia and Me: Dyslexia, Self Esteem and Depression

pediatric profiler pictureThis is an important blog to read about Robin Williams.  I have to admit that I did not know that he had dyslexia although I  was well aware that Whoopi Goldberg had it.

It is so important for us to realize that dyslexia and other learning struggles do have an impact on children.  What they don’t need to hear is that they have to work harder and then they will get it.  What they need is for teachers and parents to realize that the “usual” way of teaching them might not be fitting, and to look at other methods which have evidence to back that they help.  The use of multisensory, structured, language-based reading approaches have been around since the 1930’s but most schools still don’t use them, even for the struggling readers. While the most severely impaired students with dyslexia may not make as much progress they still will make more than with the right brained approach of look/memorize, write and rewrite approach. They need to have the left side of their brains activated in order to develop the phonemic and phonologic neural pathways.

I hope that you approach children differently who are struggling with learning after you read this.

Dyslexia and Me: Dyslexia, Self Esteem and Depression.

Bill to Adopt Internationally Recognized Definition of Dyslexia Now Law – Cape May County Herald

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By Press Release TRENTON — Legislation sponsored by Senator Jeff Van Drew and Senate Education Chair M.

Dr. Pat McGuire‘s insight:

This is such an important action by New Jersey for all those with dyslexia.  We as a nation don’t recognize dyslexia as the neurologic, language-based disorder of oral and written language that it is.  It is sad that knowledg has to be legislated but sometimes that is the only way to get people to acknowledge something they need to know more about.  Now lets get the rest of the states that are not already on board (which is most of them) so that accurate identification and remediation can be put in place for our children.

Contact your elected officials to see where your state is (Iowa doesn’t recognize it for example) and push for a bill to be introduced and pushed to passage fort his significant minority of our population (1 in 7 to 1 in 10 depending on how it is classified).

See on www.capemaycountyherald.com

Dropout Indicators Found for 1st Graders

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Researchers in Montgomery County, Md., have identified warning signals, such as poor grades or a high number of absences, that can flag students as early as 1st grade who are likely to drop out later.

Dr. Pat McGuire‘s insight:

This could be the start of a means of getting ahead of the fallouts.  As schools can be able to identify the at risk students, they can begin to change how they work with them, that targets the skills they need to close their gaps (language, academic, behavioral) so that they will become a statistic of success rather than a statistic of loss.

This is one of the main reasons why I speak around the country about understanding and working with children experiencing developmental and behavioral challenges. As schools can understand and develop effective methods of intervention before the gap widens, all children will learn better.

See on www.edweek.org

Stressed Out? | Reasons Your Child’s LD Might Stress You Out – NCLD

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Parents of children with learning disabilities and ADHD endure many challenges that can trigger stress. Being aware of your own stress levels and specific reasons for stress may help you cope.

Dr. Pat McGuire‘s insight:

This is a very important article to read because these are real reasons why parents of children with learning problems struggle.

Having worked with these families for 30 years, I know about these stresses and about how many people (friends, family, schools) want to add in their two cents as to what the parents must be doing wrong, or not doing, when the child doesn’t magically lose their learning disability with the interventions provided by the school.

Share this with others who are raising children with learning disorders.

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Recording of June 18, 2013 Brainware Safari webinar

different yet beautiful

different yet beautiful

I am excited to provide the link to my interview on Brainware Safari on June 18, 2013 that just became available.

The title is Beyond the Label – Helping Kids with Temperament and Learning Issues.

I hope you enjoy it. Let me know what you think.

Why Have an IEP? – Tips for Parents on Their IEP Role

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The Individual Education Plan, IEP, outlines the services your child needs to meet his learning needs. Parents are an important asset to the IEP team.

Dr. Pat McGuire‘s insight:

School may be out for the summer, but for many parents this is when they are finally getting into agencies and organizations that provide assessment for developmental, learning, and behavioral issues.  Information from these assessments may be important in advocating for an IEP for their child when school resumes in the Fall.

This is definitely an article to bookmark as you make plans for the next school year in either working for an IEP or updating the IEP that your child has.

 

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