Category Archives: Learning Disabilities and Mental Health

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

“A Teacher and a Student.” The Story Behind the Story of My new book “A Light Within My Dyslexia”

“Reading this book helped me see that “light” again, and renewed the confidence I had forgotten I have.” Celia Snyder, college student It’s been one of the great privileges of my life to help teach and inspire kids who learn … Continue reading

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The Myths of “Fixing” Children and Teens with Learning and Attention Struggles

Teenagers with school struggles due to Learning and Attention problems make up the largest single demographic in treatment programs for addictions, defiance, depression and anxiety.  The evidence is overwhelming that kids with attention and learning disabilities are more likely to … Continue reading

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What’s the Most Effective Treatment for Childhood Anxiety?

Up until recently the most studied and effective treatments for childhood anxiety have been medication and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Both of those treatments, however effective have serious shortcomings. Long-term fixes from medication especially for young children, are hampered in part … Continue reading

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Autism and Trauma Meet Comedy

We understand perhaps now more than ever, that humans are wired for connection. Whether we identify as introverted or extraverted we need each other. Feeling the protection of others, our family, our tribe, and our community holds important survival benefits. … 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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Helping Children Cope With Stresses and Worries

Mostly what children need to start working through difficulties is to have a parent or a trusted someone really listen. Even when a child works with a clinically sophisticated therapist, no matter what technique or approach is used, the most … 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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“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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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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