Career Planning and Assessments

High school and college students are often confused on what it is they want to be when they grow up. It is sometimes difficult for them to narrow down a career path and they often feel lost in all of their choices. In addition, some students feel forced to make a decision and end up…

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STAAR: What Happens If Your Student Does Not Pass?

We have discussed a lot about accommodations on the STAAR test and how to access those accommodations. But sometimes, accommodations are not enough to ensure a student passes.  So, what exactly happens when a student fails the STAAR test? Each time a student fails a state assessment, the school district must provide the student with…

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STAAR: What are the Allowable Accommodations?

So, now that we have covered how an accommodation is defined and we have learned about who is eligible to receive accommodations, let’s talk about the accommodations that your student can actually receive on the STARR test? Here is a list of allowable accommodations that can be implemented through the appropriate campus committee: Individualized Structured…

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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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Let’s Talk About The STAAR Test!

If you live in Texas and you have a child in a public or charter school, then you are well aware that STAAR season is upon us. Wether you are a first time STAAR parent or you are in your last season, it is easy to feel overwhelmed with the testing process and sometimes it…

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Dyslexia is more than just poor reading and spelling

Dyslexia is an inherited condition that makes it extremely difficult to read, write, and spell despite appropriate instruction in all these areas and at least an average ability level. While there are many signs of dyslexia that are well known, like difficulties in reading, writing, and spelling, there are many signs that are less obvious….

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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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