Students Embrace the Sounds of Silence

This is the second post in a four-part series about students, stress, and anxiety. The first article is an overview of anxiety, the third discusses how a student learned to manage her anxiety, and the fourth addresses mindfulness and meditation. By Laura Polvinen, LICSW A moment of silence. A few minutes to relax and think, or…

Synthetic Phonics Accelerates Reading and Writing in Young Students

By Jennie Smith-Brock, M.S. It’s day eight of kindergarten in a public school in New England and the students are putting out their arms like the wings of airplanes ” /nnnnnnnnn/,” whisking ants off their arms ” /aaaaa/,” and puffing out candles (their fingers) “/p/.” “Nap!,” call out some of the skilled blenders in the…

Tips for Parents Who Suspect Their Child Has a Learning Disability

By Ann Andrew Parents know their children better than anyone else and can usually sense if something isn’t quite right with them physically, emotionally, or academically. If you suspect that your child has a learning disability, then it’s very likely there is one. I know this from experience. As an elementary school student, my oldest…

Connected Letters, Connected Thinking: How Cursive Writing Helps Us Learn

By Judy Packhem, M. Ed. Cursive writing is an endangered species these days. Left out of the Common Core State Standards, cursive is now seen as inconsequential, and even obsolete, by some in the education community. This is distressing to me, and it should be to all of you who care about educating our children, especially…

Project Based-Learning as a Tool to Boost Executive Function Skills

By Carl Gasowski Walking into the STEAMworks Technology Department in the school where I teach, one might see a student working on a computer-controlled wood carving, or perhaps constructing and programming a drone, or maybe even composing and recording music. Aside from the common workshop and studio space that these students share, they also benefit…

Important Things to Do Before Going to College

Read more posts about Navigating the College Admissions Process for Students with Learning Disabilities.  Now that you’ve decided what college you will attend, there are several things you need to do and consider to ensure a smooth transition process. Learning Disability Support Make sure the Disability Services Office has your current testing and all paperwork is…

Tips to Help You Make Your Final College Decision

Read more posts about Navigating the College Admissions Process for Students with Learning Disabilities.  You’ve been accepted to several schools. The next step is deciding which to attend. Use these tips and suggestions to help you make the final decision. Download this worksheet to keep track of the main features of the schools you are considering….

Questions to Ask Students Who Access College Support Services

Read more posts about Navigating the College Admissions Process for Students with Learning Disabilities.  Many colleges offer students with learning disabilities accommodations and services through the Disability Services Office. When you visit colleges, it’s important to meet with a representative from the office. It’s also very helpful to talk to students who receive services from the…

The College Visit: Questions to Ask the Disability Support Services Office

Read more posts about Navigating the College Admissions Process for Students with Learning Disabilities.  Most colleges have a support service office to help students with learning disabilities access the resources they need to succeed. Students with learning disabilities should make an appointment to meet with a representative from the support service office during their college visits. Questions…

Tips for a Successful College Interview

Read more posts about Navigating the College Admissions Process for Students with Learning Disabilities.  An interview is an opportunity for a school to get to know you. It is also an important opportunity for you to understand and learn about the institution you are interviewing with. You should be actively involved in the interview in order…

Academic Support Services at the College Level for Students with Learning Disabilities

Read more posts about Navigating the College Admissions Process for Students with Learning Disabilities.  Most colleges have a support service office to help students with learning disabilities access the resources they need to succeed. The services are outlined below. Level of Support Description Basic Accommodations and Services Provides accommodations as required under ADA and Section 504. Students…

Academic Expectations & Self Advocacy: High School vs College

Read more posts about Navigating the College Admissions Process for Students with Learning Disabilities.  Making the leap from high school to college can be overwhelming for students. The transition can be easier if they know what to expect in college. This table outlines what is expected of students in high school and college in regard to academics…