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Learning Disabilities and Executive Functions in Therapeutic Settings

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 21:56:28 +0000

The following is a reprint of an article I wrote this year.  Part of the work I do involves helping families with teens or young adults with significant emotional/behavioral struggles.  I sometimes consult with therapeutic programs so that they are more sensitive and responsive to LD-related issues and how they impact therapeutic concerns. Resolving Issues [...]

Fallacies of “Whole Language”

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 22:35:32 +0000

Whole Foods- great. Whole Wheat- for some, great. Whole Language (as a reading strategy for kids with dyslexia)- sounds good, right? If it’s “whole” it must be good. Wrong! Well-done post from Dyslexia Training Institute For Those with Dyslexia, Whole Language is a Coping Mechanism, Not a Strategy The moral of the story is that [...]

What Makes a Great Teacher?

Wed, 07 Jan 2015 01:14:37 +0000

From NPR’s series, Fifty Great Teachers This piece, Among Dartmouth’s Lathes And Saws, Lessons In Creativity focuses on a woodworking teacher at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. I love how he seems unaware, or unconcerned (and hence, unencumbered with “trying”) of how what he does works. And just is the type of teacher who has [...]

Dyslexia Pioneer David Schenck Dies

Wed, 31 Dec 2014 02:27:21 +0000

David Schenck, founder of the Schenck School, an Atlanta area school for dyslexic students, passed away last week. I’d visited this school on a tour of Georgia area schools and was impressed. The Schenck school has been a leader in the field for many years. From the article and other descriptions I’ve heard of Mr. [...]

Conference on Disability and Diversity in Hawaii

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:41:53 +0000

From the Pacific Rim Conference on Disability and Diversity You can’t miss the 31st Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disability and Diversity, May 18 & 19, 2015 at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. The theme for our 31st Edition is “Deep Impact,” and there will be over 200 exciting workshops and events all week [...]

Does Learning To Read Improve Overall Intelligence?

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:07:31 +0000

A study was recently published that claims learning to read and improvement in reading ability has a positive effect on intelligence overall. Where to begin? First, getting past sensational science related headlines takes effort. I have an educated and beginners mind when it comes to reading research. I read through this study slowly, and appears [...]

Autism Spectrum: Early Intervention Focuses on Parent Child Interactions

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:26:44 +0000

Of course it’s exciting news that early intervention works. But, the magic is in the details. In this study, parents were coached to pay attention to subtle signs from their children (with autism) that they previously missed. When parents have seemingly non-responsive infants (not cooing, engaging in reciprocal eye gazing, etc) the adult often feels [...]

Autism Isn’t From Lack of Social Hormone

Tue, 05 Aug 2014 01:24:59 +0000

Researchers found that oxytocin, the hormone heavily involved in social connectivity and feelings of warmth towards others, is not lacking in people with autism spectrum disorder. Oxytocin Isn’t Lacking In Children With Autism, Researchers Say Instead, the study found that oxytocin levels affected social functioning in both kids with autism and typical kids. “As your [...]

A Scientist with a Learning Disability

Wed, 25 Jun 2014 23:23:15 +0000

“Dr. Collin Diedrich has a Ph.D in Molecular Virology and Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh. He is currently a 2nd year postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. His research focuses on how HIV increases individuals susceptibility to tuberculosis. Collin has aspirations to become an advocate for people with learning [...]

At 40, Lisa Ling Gets Surprising Diagnosis Of ADD

Mon, 16 Jun 2014 03:40:05 +0000

You’re never too old to understand yourself better. Lisa Ling, journalist, discovers more about her brain and learning style.

“Functioning Is Non-Linear” Are we Misguided in Our Notions of “High and Low Functioning?”

Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:50:18 +0000

I came across this piece written by someone with Asperger’s Syndrome. She makes some important points to consider concerning the judgmental implications of terms such as “high functioning and low functioning.” I’m a fan of precise and descriptive diagnostic work, but the writer points out the subtle and unspoken judgements that accompany some of our [...]

“The Upside of Dyslexia”- NY Times. Fact or Wishful Thinking?

Mon, 05 May 2014 23:00:25 +0000

In this recent opinion piece in the NY Times, “The Upside of Dyslexia” science writer Annie Murphy Paul cites a few experiments that causes her to wonder about the positive attributes and cognitive abilities that may occur naturally in people who have dyslexia, and could in theory lead to better performance in certain artistic and [...]