Author Archives: Sanford

About Sanford

Learning Disabilities specialist and Educational Consultant

Strong Backs Bending

Women like this one, a local Chola Cuencana, have strong backs, bending and bent. Years of collecting what they can, and what they need. There is no “gift” of poverty. But living in a developing country like Ecuador, even in … Continue reading

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15 Seconds of Life: Cow Therapy

Cuenca is a modern city high up in the mountains… …of Ecuador. And one of the parts of this city we love is the mixing of modern urban and and rural countryside culture. Here on my walk to the very … Continue reading

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Can We Have Joy and Moments of Happiness During a Pandemic?

I’ve been thinking about this question because I’ve had them, joy and moments of happiness.  Even as I’ve watched personal and collective fear take hold because of the virus,  I still experience small and longer periods of time when things … Continue reading

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When Giving “Positive Messages” to Children Can Harm

On an online support page for parents with children with dyslexia, one mom wrote in and shared a touching letter that her daughter had “written to God.”  In it the girl wrote of her shame of being different, “not normal.” … Continue reading

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15 Seconds of Life: Cuenca Shoeshine

Cuenca Shoeshine I’ve heard it said that life is made up of individual moments and those that connect in waves. I’ve started using my old iPhone 6s and with clunky hand-held-ness to capture scenes here and there. Not sure if … Continue reading

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“Nature, meet Nurture.” Attachment and Autism

In general, infants with autism spectrum have eye gazes that focus more on objects than faces. And that impacts the mechanisms of attunement between mother/father/ and child.  Less oxytocin, the “love chemical,” and less “feel-goods.”   Unfortunately this dynamic can … Continue reading

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Learning Differences and Oppression

The Many Faces of Educational and Racial Oppression The racialized reality black students experience every day in American schools mirrors bias and the unequal application of justice and resources that is psychologically and institutionally ingrained. Even when displaying the same … Continue reading

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