What Parents Need to Know About Dyslexia and How It Is Assessed in Today’s Schools

What Parents Need to Know About Dyslexia and How It Is Assessed in Today’s Schools, image of a young girl studying

This is a guest blog post contributed by local San Diego licensed educational psychologist, Meredith Gleason. October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. Dyslexia, which is a language-based disorder that primarily impacts reading, accounts for 70 to 80% of learning disabilities. It is defined by the International Dyslexia Association as “a specific learning disability that is neurological […]

Summer Activities for Kids with ADHD

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The Covid-19 summer is getting most of us down, at least some of the time. We can’t do our regular outings, gatherings with friends and family, and summer travel like we’re used to doing. For kids on summer break, just hanging out at home quickly turns into boredom. For children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder […]

What Does Life Look Like Sheltering in Place With School-Age Kids?

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Life has completely changed as we know it – at least for the short term – in more ways than any of us could have imagined. Just a couple weeks ago, you had a place to send your kids where they received reliable care and a structured education. You shopped for the groceries your family […]

Warning Signs for Learning Disabilities

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As a parent, you work hard to give your child every advantage in life that you possibly can. It can be daunting to consider the notion that your child could have a learning disability, something you couldn’t foresee and that brings challenges through school and causes difficulty learning for the rest of their life.  Fortunately, […]

How to Determine if Your Child Requires Special Education Supports

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When your child seems to be struggling academically, it can be difficult to determine why, and what level of supports are required to help get him/her back on track. Things become more confusing when you can feel your child is having difficulties, but the school doesn’t seem to see the same issues or concerns. You […]

Applying for College with Learning Differences

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The college search process can be a daunting task for any student, but even more so for a student with a learning challenge. Parents are often worried about how colleges will view their students’ grades and test scores in light of a learning disability, anxiety, depression or ADHD. As Independent Educational Consultants, we suggest that […]

Homework Strategies: How to Help Your Child Succeed

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Helping your child take care of homework can be a frustrating job for both of you, and unfortunately, it can lead to stress for your child or issues at school. It’s difficult for many kids to be responsible enough to handle all the work that comes their way, especially right after they move into a […]

Why Students Can’t Grow without a Growth Mindset

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Have you ever heard your child insist, “I’m bad at reading,” “I’m just not good at spelling,” or “I’ll never be able to be good at math?” When I was in high school, I used to claim that I would never be good at math. I felt like I never understood what we were learning […]

Prevent Summer Brain Drain!

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“Brain drain,” or summer learning loss, is the phenomenon in which students fall back on what they learned throughout the year during their summer break. According to studies from the National Summer Learning Association, kids lose as much as two to three months of math and reading skills over the summer! 
Teachers can recognize this […]

How to Improve Your Child’s Learning at Home

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The process of learning – and growing – is one of ups and downs. Kids with learning disabilities or a lack of interest in school can suffer the frustrations of homework to an even greater extent. As a parent, our desires to ease their suffering can lead to feelings of helplessness, wanting to solve their […]