Dyslexia – Asset or Disability?

Photo Credit: MaryAGrim@KatyISD.org

 

A loving, persistent parent as advocate is the dyslexic child’s best ally. He doesn’t have to end up on the scrap heap of humanity.

According to Gabrielle Coppola, “The ability to grasp the big picture, persistence, and creativity are a few of the entrepreneurial traits of many dyslexics.” They make exceptional entrepreneurs and inventors, among other accomplishments. 

Is Testing More Important Than Reading?

Boy Struggling to Read

Photo Credit: Olga Sapegina

Today, I administered the state English Language Arts examination to 4 students who receive speech-language therapy from me.

Their academic accommodations require them to be tested in a small group, a separate location, with minimal distractions. Two receive additional time; two do not.

Twenty minutes into the test, JR, an 8-year-old boy, folded his arms on the table, then put his head down onto them.

As I watched him, his face became flushed. A few minutes later, he burst into tears.

I Love to Listen Day

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Today is “I Love to Listen Day.”

This is a day when you honor the people in your life by listening actively to them.

Here are 5 suggested activities you can do today. You will find more at the I Love to Listen website:

  • Stop what you are doing and listen to someone.
  • Organize a party and play listening games.
  • Send a card / letter / email thanking someone who listened to you.
  • Start a family tradition of “Listening Time.”
  • Develop your personal definition of listening.

Make this is great day for someone else!

You’ll be glad you did.

Can you add another listening activity?

 

A Conversation About Food (and Learning)

“Within your student’s brain, a biochemical process of learning is occurring, that parallels the classroom experience. Making connections, finding meaning, and solving problems are learning tasks that require lightning-fast electrical impulses between areas of the brain.”

~ Philippa Norman MD, MPH

In her article, Dr. Philippa Norman talks about how nutrition and hydration boost learning thus equipping the brain for academic success.