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STAAR Testing: What Exactly is an Accommodation?

With the STAAR test just around the corner, it is important to understand what accommodations (if any) your child should have access.  But, more importantly, let’s first understand what the state defines as an accommodations. Accommodations: are changes to instructional material, procedures, or techniques that allow a student with a disability to participate meaningfully in […]

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What is Auditory Processing Disorder

Auditory Processing Disorder involves difficulty processing sound as the information travels from the inner ear up to certain parts of the brain. APD is not a hearing deficit….meaning that children with APD typically have normal hearing. Children with Auditory Processing Disorder can have a weakness in one, some, or all of these areas: Auditory Sequencing […]

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What exactly is Working Memory?

Working Memory is a set of skills that helps us keep information in mind while using that information to complete a task or execute a challenge and involves a short-term use of memory and attention. It is the way that we delegate the things we encounter to the parts of our brain that can take […]

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Why I LOVE What I Do

I can honestly say that I LOVE what I do. Not many people can say that, and I consider myself very luck to enjoy my job. I have had a passion for students who learn differently since I was in high school. I was lucky enough to attend a high school that offered a “clinical […]

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All About Math Disabilities

A math learning disability (dyscalculia)  exists when a student struggles with either math calculation, math problem solving, or both. Math learning disabilities are usually characterized by difficulties with basic math concepts despite appropriate instruction. Typically students with a math disability have a deficit in how they process information. Areas of processing that directly affect math […]

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Why Do Students with ADHD HATE to Write?

Students with ADHD often HATE to write. Written expression is a more demanding task than talking, reading, or doing basic math calculations. It places a much heavier demand on learned skills and executive functions. Think about it, when you sit down to write even a simple sentence, you first have to decide what it is […]

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Questions to Ask When Visiting College Disability Offices

All Colleges and Universities offer services for students with learning disabilities including ADHD and Dyslexia. Because each program is different, while visiting schools, it is important to visit each Disability Services office to determine if they have the types of services that you or your student may need. Some programs offer more intensive support while […]

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