Category Archives: Education Issues and Ideas

Issues and ideas about K-12, college, and informal education plus relevant links external to this site.

Twice Exceptional Children and Teens: Implications for Mental Health and Treatment.

Gifted students who also have specific learning differences are at significant risk for frustration and being mis-educated. Dr. Brad Reedy and I explore the risks for mental health problems and what to do to minimize risk and encourage mental health.

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Reading Out-loud When Dyslexic

Being asked to read out loud in class, especially unexpectedly, can cause fear and anxiety among our kids.  It triggers stress and can contribute to accumulating trauma when not supported by best practices. In “A Light Within My Dyslexia” (available on … Continue reading

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Explaining Learning Disabilities to Children

I’m often asked how to talk to children about their learning profile. When kids get diagnosed with a learning disability as a result of a good evaluation, parents often struggle with what to say. In my latest children’s book, “A … Continue reading

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Learning Disabilities, Wounds in Our Schools.

Children with learning disabilities and even mild learning differences are often under-served, mis-educated and marginalized. Rates of depression, anxiety and trauma are much higher for these children as they become teens snd young adults. In this article from The Hill … Continue reading

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Exploring Life and Mental Health aspects of ADHD

Another engaging conversation with Andrew Taylor from Octagon Mentoring. Andrew Taylor is a young adult mentoring leader, working in the USA and Costa Rica.

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Executive Functions Are Not Just Important for School Tasks

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Childhood Anxiety: The Prison of Your Mind and the Way Through

If we want to unburden and free our children of anxious thoughts and beliefs it’s crucial that we examine our own beliefs and triggers about what our children are capable of and when and how we protect. With therapy and/or training it’s vital we explore the anxious parts of our own minds and hearts, which are often triggered when our kids are struggling and in anxious distress. Continue reading

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Working Together + Personal Grit= Success for Children and Struggling Teens

In this excerpt from my new book ‘A Light Within My Dyslexia’ Bear and Turtle counsel a distraught Beaver about individual “Core Gifts,” following one’s dreams, and the power of collaboration and connection. -As Beaver’s tears began to fall, Fred … Continue reading

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The Glance of Mercy

My friend Dr.Brad Reedy describes good therapy or a good therapist as a place where you get to find yourself, and as part of that process, as the messy parts of you come into view, you find that your therapist … 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 the bias and injustice that is psychologically, culturally and institutionally ingrained. For example, even when displaying the same behaviors as … 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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