Category Archives: Learning Disabilities and Mental Health

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

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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Dream Big

Michael Cammarata is an innovative thinker who struggled in school because of his dyslexia. The inspirational lessons described in this article includes ignoring negative messages from within and without. Despite his dyslexia-related school struggles, he became a highly successful serial … Continue reading

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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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Self-Compassion for LD Learners

Sometimes the language of self-development can admittedly feel awkward or to some, pretentious. Since the field is relatively new and language evolves, it can be a little uncomfortable to use it at first when at the family dinner table with … Continue reading

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