Category Archives: Social Issues and Ideas

Articles on various social issues affecting people with learning disabiliies plus relevant links external to this site.

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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Learning Disabilities, The Gift or The Burden?

There are support groups, blogs, and  websites that  land on one side of a false choice about kids and school.  Parents and some professionals tend to land on one side or the other. Are Dyslexia and related learning differences and … Continue reading

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Five Important Ways to Inspire Your Child or Teen with Dyslexia

  1. Be Real This is the essence of connection. Inspiring kids and helping instill confidence isn’t about “being positive.” It’s not about trying to be inspirational. Being real and authentic is what gets you where you want to go … Continue reading

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Kids are Kids

Working with kids is about the best thing I could ever do and I’ve been lucky to do just that for my whole work life. Starting out working with kids in Australia, I began to see that children and teenagers … Continue reading

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Self-Compassion for LD Learners

Sometimes the language of self-development can admittedly feel awkward or to some, pretentious. Since the field is relatively new and language evolves, it can be a little uncomfortable to use it at first when at the family dinner table with … Continue reading

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Love, Intimate Relationships and Autism

This is a post from a few year back that remains highly relevant, so I thought I’d repost: Teenagers and young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome or with High Functioning Autism need some targeted and extra help understanding and negotiating romantic … Continue reading

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Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia? What’s your Preference, Pain or Pleasure?

The Sun or The Moon? Sometimes I feel like a bit of a downer and in contrast to other popular LD-centered websites, because a fair amount of my writings, posts and presentations concerns the risks and vulnerabilities that can go … Continue reading

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No One Brings Dinner When Your Daughter is an Addict.

This article, from Slate, Comfort Food, hit home. Larry Lake describes the difficulty many people have with knowing how to be supportive when someone they know has a mental illness, or has a child with a mental illness. People have … Continue reading

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Should We Teach Emotional Intelligence in Schools?

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The Battle Rages: Phonological Versus Visual Causes of LD and Dyslexia

I want to weigh in on the on-going and often heated debate on effective treatments for dyslexia and related learning differences. There is a kind of intellectual territorialism within the field of experts who diagnose and treat, as well as … Continue reading

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Prescribing Medication for Poverty and Poorly Performing Schools, not ADHD?

This disturbing article in today’s NY Times, describes a trend (?) by some doctors who are reportedly prescribing ADHD medications for kids who clearly do not suffer from AD/HD. Sometimes doctors are apparently prescribing meds knowing that the patient-child does … Continue reading

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The Power of Work and Direction

(Image credit: Jason DeCrow) I saw this great news segment on ABC the other night about this then-young-man, who fled warn-torn Yugoslavia for America, and who now at the age of 52, earned his degree from Columbia University. Be sure … Continue reading

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