Category Archives: Learning Disabilities and Mental Health

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

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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It’s Just a Kid’s Story, Right?

In fables, myth and adventure lies the power to evoke resilience in our children and our selves. Because…we’re… never…too…old…. Fables, myths, and tales of adventure have held a power to remind us of the human condition. For more than a … 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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“A Teacher and a Student.” The Story Behind the Story of My new book “A Light Within My Dyslexia”

It’s been one of the great privileges of my life to help teach and inspire kids who learn differently. When Jeff Allyn and I started the Thomas Allyn School (now The Chartwell School) for kids with dyslexia, Sean was one … 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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