Category Archives: Discussion Topics

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Roses and Rocks: Debriefing Dyslexia Evaluations

For me, one of the best parts of doing an evaluation for learning and learning disabilities has been going over the results, including the test score numbers with the student and his/her family. I’ve learned how to discuss the data … Continue reading

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Myths of Dyslexia

The myth that having dyslexia automatically means you’re either a) artistic, b) have visual-spatial talents, c) have other gifts that are part of and caused by your dyslexia, can minimize or distract us from struggling with the proven risks of … Continue reading

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Finding Joy With the Struggle of Learning Disabilities

  I’ve been tracking and have been a part of the changing attitudes about learning disabilities for decades. Historically there’s been two major paradigms, two lenses through which people think of LD and in particular kids and struggling teens. On … 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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…And a Little to the Left

Sir Ken Robinson has famously spoken about the terrible lack of creativity in educational and intellectual society and institutions. He jokes with some degree of black humor that watching a disco full of Ph.D’s is to watch a group of … Continue reading

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Addiction and Learning Disabilities

In my opinion, coming to grips with the number of teenagers with addictions who also have learning disabilities (estimates towards 60%), requires understanding how isolating it can be. School stress is often the number one stress teenagers face, and when … 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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Is Special Education Labeling Helpful or Prejudicial and Damaging?

One of the more controversial education conversations I hear and have been a part of concerns labeling kids. Over the years I’ve met lots of parents and teachers who argue that labeling is a negative thing. I’ve been to lots … Continue reading

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“You’re Never Too Old to Have a Happy Childhood”

                      Sitting at a desk alongside two of his grandchildren, Kimani Maruge first attended school in 2004 at the age of 84.   Great examples of older people living joyfully … Continue reading

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Lost in My Mind, A Stanley Cup Winner’s Struggle with Dyslexia

Lost in My Mind This article (link above) hit home, and is one of the best and most honest accounts of the reality that many kids, teens, and adults with dyslexia face. Even a successful athlete, reaching the pinnacle of … Continue reading

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