Category Archives: Learning Disabilities and Mental Health

Discussions related to impact of learning struggles on mental and emotional well-being.

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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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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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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The “I Can’t Help You” Podcast with Danny Conroy

Thanks for a great interview Danny Conroy,  a leader in the Recovery field.   Listen to Danny Conroy interview me on subjects related to learning, learning differences and mental health. Podcast with Sanford on LD and Mental Health

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“I’ve Looked at Life from Both Sides Now” (Thanks Joni Mitchell)

Philip Schultz, a Pulitzer Prize winning poet proves that learning differently (dyslexia) can result in greatness. His writing is powerful. If you listen to his story you also hear about anger and deep shame as a result of being an … Continue reading

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On Becoming Heroic Parents and Grandparents

I’ll be presenting to professionals, parents and teens in the beautiful city of Cuenca, Ecuador Raising Resilient Kids by Becoming Your Best Selves

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Privilege is not Always Protection

Kate Middleton’s Brother James Reveals His Struggle With Depression, Dyslexia and ADD The coin is sharp and two-sided:  We know that people with learning disabilities and developmental differences can have tremendous lives, professional success, great fulfillment and joy. There is … 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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Treat Parents to Help Childhood Anxiety

photo credit: TOMSICKOVA TATYANA / SHUTTERSTOCK Children with Learning Disabilities are at higher risk for anxiety-related struggles. It’s not surprising when you think about how the brain’s system for vigilance/hyper-arousal  is frequently activated when kids are not receiving the right kind … Continue reading

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