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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Using Surveys/Questionnaires to Diagnose ADHD

Because there is not one single test for ADHD and it is typically diagnosed through a “preponderance of evidence”, many doctors and practitioners will administer one of many ADHD behavior questionnaires to determine if there is enough evidence to make a diagnosis. The surveys are often completed by the parents, teachers, and if the child…

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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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