Blog: School Struggles, Learning Disabilities & Other Kid Stuff

  • Friday, April 10, 2015

    In a recent blog post I discussed how anger can be depleting a child from the necessary emotional fuel to manage school  Many of the typical “ADHD” style behaviors such as avoiding responsibilities, procrastinating, not sustaining mental effort,  may  be due, in part, to anger that remains unexpressed or misunderstood.

  • Friday, March 27, 2015

    What do these behaviors sound like to you?

    ·         Not handing in homework consistently

    ·         Responsibility avoidance

    ·         Procrastination

    ·         Not able to sustain mental effort

    ·         Forgetful

  • Friday, March 20, 2015

    Directions to Child on Worksheet:

    Look back and Write:   Look back at the question on page 99.  Think about the most important events that happened in the story.  Now write a response to the question.  Be sure to include details from a story to support your answer.


    Response from Child:


  • Friday, March 6, 2015

    When children struggle with written expression, “OT,” or Occupational Therapy appears to be the go to recommendation that is often given. 

    Writing has been shown to be the single most complex skill domain of the academic process.   The following quote from “Developmental  Variations & Learning Disorders” says it well:

  • Friday, February 20, 2015

    Why Screen for Dyslexia?

    I continue to be amazed by the amount of misinformation out there on dyslexia related reading disabilities. Over the next few weeks I’m going to try and tackle some of the issues that are involved with screening and assessment.


    Identifying Children at Risk

  • Friday, January 30, 2015

    I met a mom and her kid this week,  a wiry nine year old giving the teacher the usual amount of stuff typically attributed to ADHD.  You know, calling out when he is not supposed to; talking too much; rushing through his work – those sorts of things.

    It sounded like the teacher was getting more and more frustrated and starting to reevaluate her career decisions.

  • Friday, January 23, 2015

    Hi Gang:

    A little news and updates:

    Dyslexia Screening Book Released

    I’m excited to announce the release of my new book, “Dyslexia Screening: Essential Concepts For Schools and Parents.” In paperback, the book is available through and will soon be available as an e-book on Amazon and Barnes and Nobel.

    I’ve had nice comments about the book:

  • Monday, December 29, 2014

    Lauren is an 8 year old child in the first half of the third grade who I recently evaluated, just before the start of her school year.  My evaluation found Lauren to be a somewhat inefficient reader, although almost all of the scores obtained on her fell solidly in an average range. 

    In the conclusion of the report I said something like, “While a formal diagnosis of reading disability (dyslexia) was not offered at this time…” and hedged my bets a bit.  I did recommend Orton-based tutoring to help solidify her skills.

  • Friday, December 19, 2014

    There are essentially two types of reading problems:

    Type I: This type refers to the child who has trouble decoding words and reading fluently.  They are typically viewed as “dyslexic.”  Even though they are typically called "dyslexic," I like to call them "Type I Readers."

  • Thursday, December 4, 2014

    As some states around the country have implemented new laws on dyslexia, some people have come to me to talk about how, “They have finally discovered dyslexia and this new method -  Orton-Gillingham.”

    Well, not to burst any bubbles, but dyslexia has been around for a while, long before the laws were formed.

    Dr. Samuel Orton (co-creator of the Orton-Gillingham method) wrote an article titled “Word-blindness in school children,” for the Archives of Neurological Psychiatry.  That article appeared in 1925! 

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