Author Archives: Sanford

About Sanford

Learning Disabilities specialist and Educational Consultant

Learning Differences and Oppression

The Many Faces of Educational and Racial Oppression The racialized reality black students experience every day in American schools. Even with the same behaviors as white children, “black boys are almost three times as likely to be suspended than white … Continue reading

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Are Children and Teens with Learning Disabilities Potential Geniuses, or Victims of Educational, Malignant Neglect?

Senators, Inventors, Entrepreneurs, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize Winners have all been people with Dyslexia.  So are kids with Learning Differences budding geniuses and leaders, or  are they victims of metastasized educational neglect? Both are true. Carol Mosely Brown, African American … Continue reading

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New Brain Imaging Research Debunks a Controversial Theory

In a new study from Georgetown University: Finding upends theory about the cerebellum’s role in reading and dyslexia Science of Reading and Dyslexia Moves Forward New brain imaging research debunks a controversial theory about dyslexia that can impact how it … Continue reading

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Conversations on Retirement and the Nature of Work.

The other day I got a call from Derek Jeter, Hall of Fame New York Yankee baseball player. Me: “Derek, what’s up?” Derek; Dude, “Are you retired or what? I can’t figure you out.”  Me: “Look who’s talking, heh heh. … Continue reading

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First Public School for Dyslexic Learners in NYC

With Timothy Castanza at the helm, and spearheaded by frustrated but motivated parents, NYC now has a public school geared to the needs of students with dyslexia. News article about the The Bridge School, a public charter school that will … Continue reading

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Adapting Best Practices of LD Instruction Can Improve Mental Health Treatment for All Kids

Since rates of anxiety, depression and self harm, including suicide and substance abuse are decidedly on the rise, there’s s striking need for clinicians, counselors and mentors to think differently. We can and must learn different and better ways to … Continue reading

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Testing and Evaluating Struggling Kids; a Tool, Not the Goal.

“When working with children and teens who are struggling in school, a thorough psycho educational evaluation is so helpful and necessary. But it is a tool for understanding. The goal is understanding, connection and treatment.  Don’t confuse the tool for … Continue reading

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Universal Design Approach to Therapy

In treating teenagers and young adults with depression, anxiety, and addictions, knowing the intricacies of their Learning Profile is powerful. What are the easiest neurological pathways to accessing feelings and ruminative thoughts?  I’m privileged to be leading and partnering with … Continue reading

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Questions to Ask Wilderness Treatment Programs

Many struggling teens and young adults in Outdoor Behavioral Programs (Wilderness Treatment) have LD (Learning Disabilities) profiles. What do parents need to know?  Important Questions to Ask, from All Kinds of Therapy.Com

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How Art Therapy Can Help Children With Autism Communicate Better

Guest Article by Jane Sandwood  Jane has many articles related to education and children and can be reached at janesandwood.writer@gmail.com About 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and one of the early signs observed by … Continue reading

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The Effects of Educational Wounding

The Effects of Educational Wounding Two of the most significant stressors for U.S.school-aged youth are academic struggle and failure. Pressures to achieve and succeed have become so pervasive and at the same time kids have access to fewer and fewer … Continue reading

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Dr. Helen Taussig, Pediatric Cardiology Leader, Dyslexic

“Dr. Helen Taussig was the founder of the field of pediatric cardiology. She overcame opposition to become a preeminent cardiologist and physician. Despite severe dyslexia and discrimination because of her gender, Taussig obtained her medical degree from Johns Hopkins in … Continue reading

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