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Can it be that the first grading period has arrived already? Yes, and with it come the annual or semi-annual, parent-teacher conferences. This realization usually causes one of two parental reactions ---“I can’t wait to see how Evan is doing!” or “I’m worried about what Ms. Jackson is going to tell us about our Emma.”
From a teacher’s standpoint, this first conference with parents can also be a stressful event. At conferences, educators often meet students’ parents for the…
Added by Joan M. Brennan on October 21, 2012 at 9:17pm — No Comments
We want this to be your go-to blog when you need reading or learning resources, strategies, apps and other help for all kinds of learners, especially those who struggle to read and learn.
That is why this week, we’ve decided to provide you with a short list of 3 collections that contain great Android apps for special needs---all kinds of special needs! You’ll find some apps that are FREE and others that are available at various…
Added by Joan M. Brennan on October 8, 2012 at 3:22pm — No Comments
Labor Day Weekend is now behind us, and nearly all students have officially begun a new school year. It probably comes as no surprise that during this school year, there will be new issues for families of children and teens challenged with AD/HD.
We already know that the rate or prevalence of AD/HD is increasing. We also know there is technology to help the children and adults affected. However, what about the availability of reliable information, resources and …
Added by Joan M. Brennan on September 16, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments
It is no surprise that as children and teens head back to school this fall, ADHD is very much apart of many American family life. The statistics for ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder) in the U.S. were updated last December (2011) by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
Here are just some of the statistics collected and provided by the CDC from parent surveys:
• Parents report that…
Added by Joan M. Brennan on August 27, 2012 at 2:22pm — No Comments
The NCLD (National Center for Learning Disabilities) describes dyscalculia as “a wide range of lifelong learning disabilities involving math. There is no single type of math disability. Dyscalculia can vary from person to person. And, it can affect people differently at different stages of life.
Two major areas of weakness can contribute to math learning disabilities:
Added by Joan M. Brennan on August 19, 2012 at 8:50pm — No Comments
Do you know a child or adult with dysgraphia? Do you know what it means to have this disorder? Perhaps it is related to the approaching new school year, but we have been noticing more keyword searches on both our website and blogsite here that include the term dysgraphia.
NINDS (National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke) describes dysgraphia as “a neurological disorder characterized by writing disabilities. Specifically, the disorder causes a person's…
Added by Joan M. Brennan on August 6, 2012 at 5:05pm — No Comments
As you may know, we have offered many apps and other resources for dyslexia in several of our previous blog articles at http://helpforstrugglingreaders.blogspot.com/. It is interesting to note that the demand and number of requests for dyslexia apps in particular have been quite significant for our blog, exceeding requests and searches of all other educational apps combined.
Because of the amount of…
Added by Joan M. Brennan on July 26, 2012 at 3:10pm — No Comments
The most recent statistics regarding the prevalence of ASDs (autism spectrum disorders) in the U.S. and abroad that were published this past March are more than sobering.
Here are just some of the statistics reported (Data to 2008 provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—March 29, 2012):
• About 1 in 88 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC's Autism and…
Added by Joan M. Brennan on July 7, 2012 at 4:06pm — No Comments
Do you need some organization in your life? We all know that this can be a challenge whether ADHD is a part of our lives or not. With our kids’ and our own schedules to manage, due dates for bills to remember, deadlines for projects at work and other responsibilities, we need a GOOD plan, the best strategies, and appropriate tools to help us get everything accomplished---on time. However, when ADHD is added to the mix, well, there may very well be a need for special…Continue
With summer nearly upon us, there are some students and their parents who may be searching for good apps designed for improvement in the following reading skill areas:
• Word-attack skills
You know that learning does not come easily for every student. Parents and teachers often look for specific strategies and resources to assist struggling readers and learners, especially those with AD/HD, dyslexia, or other issues. Here are just a few that you might consider for the challenged student(s) in your life:
1. Request or allow for course and book content to be available via audiotape, CD, or DVD.
2. Use a portable,…
Added by Joan M. Brennan on May 8, 2012 at 11:42am — No Comments
By now, you probably know that I'm all about three important things---1) struggling readers 2) helpful resources and 3) reading solutions. What better place could there be than this blog then to combine all three for our readers? I decided to add a fourth ingredient to the mix for this week's article, however, just to mix it up a little bit.
If you've been paying any attention to trends on the internet, you're probably aware that Pinterest has almost taken over as the major…
We are concluding our spring conference season and have talked with so many parents and teachers of struggling readers throughout the Midwest. A number of these adults described the various reading challenges of their children and students.
Some mentioned that their children have reported to them that words or letters on a page seem to “wave out” or have “shadows” behind them. Others told us that the children often do not want to read for more than a few minutes, saying that…
What do you do when you've just received a diagnosis of ADD or ADHD for your child? Is it an automatic indication that your child will not experience success in school? Does it mean that your youngster will have fewer opportunities in life? Not at all! There is much that you can do to ensure that your child challenged with AD/HD can become as successful as any of his classmates. However, he will need your consistent support and resources you…Continue
With more than 500,000 apps now in the Apple Apps Store and the current frenzy to purchase the newest iPad 3, it should be easy to see why we have given considerable attention in recent weeks to Apple’s apps.
However, at an annual educational conference this week in the Midwest, we received quite a few requests for Android educational apps. We thought it was about time to present some of these regular and special needs resources for Android users, too.
Here then is a…
Added by Joan M. Brennan on March 25, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments
There is a real need for many parents and teachers of struggling learners to have a “ready list” of apps when special learning challenges present themselves. Last December, we posted an article on our blog with our first list of special needs apps. Many of our readers have mentioned their appreciation for this list and continue to use its apps daily. You can still access the first list…Continue
Many of the keyword searches that bring visitors to our blog and websites revolve around the term “struggling readers” (really?) We felt it was about time to provide a list of good apps for teachers, parents and others who work tirelessly with children and teens challenged with reading. We hope these apps will “fill the bill” for those who come to us looking for solutions to help the many struggling readers everywhere.
A very comprehensive list of apps to help struggling…
Added by Joan M. Brennan on March 5, 2012 at 11:18am — No Comments
We know that all struggling learners and their families need extra help and support. This is particularly important for those families in the autism community. Recently, resources have become available that are “leveling the playing field” for ALL learners, especially children and adults challenged with autism spectrum disorders. We are referring to the wonderful technology that is not only available now but more accessible than ever.
This technology has taken the form of…
A child's vision plays such a vital role in that child’s learning success. With this in mind, it is important to know that many of the symptoms and behaviors often associated with learning disabilities are very similar to those caused by vision problems. In fact, in some cases, students' vision problems are sometimes mistaken for learning disabilities (AD/HD, autism, and other issues). For this reason, it is critical that a comprehensive vision…
Do you have one child who struggles to learn while your other child learns almost any concept as if it were “a piece of cake”? Perhaps you have a student who is very bright but at the same time is challenged with some aspect(s) of learning. What can a parent or teacher do?
Although my students have always known me as “Mrs. Brennan”, many adults have begun to call me “The Link Lady”. Yes, many parents and teachers email or phone me requesting resources to help their children and…