Ever Wonder What RTI Means?

Parents often tell us that their student is getting support through “RTI” but they do not always know what that means. With the reauthorization of the Individuals With Disability Act of 2004, Congress believed that when identifying students with learning disabilities, schools should use procedures that are more relevant to the instruction that students receive…

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Does my child need accommodations or modifications?

What is the difference between accommodations and modifications in school? How do you know what is best?  These are terms that are thrown around in parent/teacher conferences every day but do parents really understand what the difference is? An accommodation changes how your student learns while a modification changes what your student learns.  Accommodations help…

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Can you have ADHD without the “H”?

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is published by the American Psychiatric Association. It is the standard guidelines that are used when assessing for any mental health issues.  This manual is updated from time to time and the way disorders are diagnosed can change. Changes can also be made to the name…

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What are the Signs of Dyscalculia?

More and more people are becoming familiar with Dyscalculia.  While it sounds a lot like dyslexia, it is actually very different.  Dyscalculia affects how we do math.  With Dyscalculia, students and adults have trouble with counting, remembering math facts, and retaining math information.  These difficulties can start at a young age.  As a result, Dyscalculia…

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Lynn Nitcher – Office Manager

As a lifelong a Texas resident, Lynn graduated from Texas Tech University in 1988 with a BA in French, followed by her Teacher’s Certification from the University of North Texas in 1991.  After raising her children at home, Lynn spent 12+ years working in early childhood education in the private sector, public education Title 1…

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Neuropsychological vs Psycho-educational Evaluations

What’s the difference between neuropsychological vs psycho-educational evaluations? A Neuropsychological evaluation is an in-depth assessment of how someone’s brain works, or of skills and abilities linked to brain function. A neuropsychological evaluation measures things like memory, language, problem solving, attention, visual-spatial skills, IQ, and academic skills like reading, writing, and math. It can also include…

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Early Assessment and Intervention for Dyslexia is Key

As a former teacher of elementary children and a dyslexia therapist, I constantly spoke with parents, administrators, and teachers about the importance of assessing students that were identified at-risk in reading, writing, and spelling by the middle of their first-grade year. These are the students that are participating in interventions like Reading Recovery, literacy groups,…

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Accommodations for Students with Dyslexia

What are some of the best accommodations for students with Dyslexia? First, it is important to understand that an accommodation is just a way to level the playing field for a student with a Dyslexia. Accommodations do not CHANGE the curriculum at all, they just change the way it is delivered. Below are some examples…

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