Category Archives: Learning Disabilities and Mental Health

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

LDResources.org, a World-Wide Leader

I’m happy to share that LDResources.org is now read in 103 countries. We are a definitive leader in clarifying issues relevant to intersections between mental health and learning differences. Cognitive Science and Effective Psychotherapy. Universal Design for Therapeutic and Educational … Continue reading

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Twice Exceptional Children and Teens: Implications for Mental Health and Treatment.

Gifted students who also have specific learning disabilities are at significant risk for frustration and being mis-educated. Dr. Brad Reedy sand I explore the risks for mental health problems and what to do to minimize risk and encourage mental health.

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Reading Out-loud When Dyslexic

Being asked to read out loud in class, especially unexpectedly, can cause fear and anxiety among our kids.  It triggers stress and can contribute to accumulating trauma when not supported by best practices. In “A Light Within My Dyslexia” (available on … Continue reading

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Explaining Learning Disabilities to Children

I’m often asked how to talk to children about their learning profile. When kids get diagnosed with a learning disability as a result of a good evaluation, parents often struggle with what to say. In my latest children’s book, “A … Continue reading

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“A Light Within My Dyslexia” Available in Libraries

My new children’s book, “A Light Within My Dyslexia” is now available in the Seattle WA Public library. It’s an adventure tale of finding resilience and developing grit in the face of challenges in life and school.

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Learning Disabilities, Wounds in Our Schools.

Children with learning disabilities and even mild learning differences are often under-served, mis-educated and marginalized. Rates of depression, anxiety and trauma are much higher for these children as they become teens snd young adults. In this article from The Hill … Continue reading

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Exploring Life and Mental Health aspects of ADHD

Another engaging conversation with Andrew Taylor from Octagon Mentoring. Andrew Taylor is a young adult mentoring leader, working in the USA and Costa Rica.

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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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