To Label or Not to Label: Pros and Cons for Seeking Educational Diagnoses

To Label: 1. Diagnostic testing may reveal learning gaps 2. Getting a diagnosis / label may qualify an individual for help in school and tutoring services at some colleges. 3. Having a label may make it easier to explain atypical behavior or achievement. Not to Label: 1. While diagnostic testing may lead to learning gaps   … Continue reading To Label or Not to Label: Pros and Cons for Seeking Educational Diagnoses

The Brain That Changes Itself: Chapter 2-Building Herself A Better Brain – A Woman Labeled ‘Retarded’ Discovers How to Heal Herself

In this chapter,  Dr. Norman Doidge introduces us to a very interesting individual – an important piece in the quest to use neuroplasticity to help people. Barbara Arrowsmith Young, a rare individual, had a defect and though of a way to fix the problem. “Asymmetry” describes Barbara because there are areas of superior function -auditory … Continue reading The Brain That Changes Itself: Chapter 2-Building Herself A Better Brain – A Woman Labeled ‘Retarded’ Discovers How to Heal Herself

Does Your Child Struggle with Learning? You Can Homeschool Your Child!

Over the years I have talked with many families who face learning challenges. They frequently have their child in school because they feel they lack the expertise to meet their educational needs. While working with someone with experience in this area may be helpful at times, do not forget that you are the expert regarding … Continue reading Does Your Child Struggle with Learning? You Can Homeschool Your Child!

Overcoming Learning Challenges – Online Course for Homeschooling Parents

As a young student, I struggled with my learning. During elementary school, I failed Arithmetic and Writing. Teachers thought I wasn’t trying!  I thought I was trying!  Yet, my grades and teacher comments told a different story. In those days, teachers pretty much wrote their evaluation on the report cards without worrying about hurting a … Continue reading Overcoming Learning Challenges – Online Course for Homeschooling Parents

How Our Auditory System Affects Learning – Underlying Causes of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Auditory Processing Disorders

Today, we are faced with many labels or conditions that affect learning. Many have a partial underlying cause in our auditory system including autism spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, developmental delay, dyslexia, central auditory processing disorder, and auditory processing disorder. Hypersensitivities to sound may cause an individual to shut out sounds as a defensive mechanism and behave … Continue reading How Our Auditory System Affects Learning – Underlying Causes of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Auditory Processing Disorders

A Book Review: Why Can’t My Child Behave? Why Can’t She Cope? Why Can’t He Learn?

By Jane Hersey Introduction by Jay Freed, MD Dr. Benjamin Feingold, an allergist with Kaiser-Permanente, developed the K-P Diet that eliminated food additives and artificial flavors in the 1960s. While Dr. Feingold passed away in 1982, the program is carried on by volunteers who are members of the Feingold Association. http://www.feingold.org To give families an … Continue reading A Book Review: Why Can’t My Child Behave? Why Can’t She Cope? Why Can’t He Learn?

The Brain That Changes Itself – Dr. Norman Doidge Chapter 6 “Brain Lock Unlocked – Using Plasticity to Stop Worries, Obsessions, Compulsions, and Bad Habits”

In this chapter, Doidge introduces us to the work of Jeffrey M. Schwartz: OCD – obsessive, compulsive disorder plagues individuals in many ways. For example: Terrified at what has happened or will happen to themselves or their loved ones. Reacting to an emotional trigger – hearing of a traumatic experience of another, reading about a … Continue reading The Brain That Changes Itself – Dr. Norman Doidge Chapter 6 “Brain Lock Unlocked – Using Plasticity to Stop Worries, Obsessions, Compulsions, and Bad Habits”

Homeschooling: 13 Ways to Maintain Skills During the Summer

Some homeschooling families continue their regular schedule during the summer; taking breaks from time to time. Many, however, follow the school schedule by taking three months off during the summer. While it is helpful to take breaks, a three-month long break can be devastating to many students. Taking long breaks can sabotage the concept of … Continue reading Homeschooling: 13 Ways to Maintain Skills During the Summer

The Brain That Changes Itself – Introduction

Our last post on Brain Research was the final of fifteen posts from Dr. Jane Healy’s book Endangered Minds.  We did not move those from the blog on our website so you can go there to read : http://www.centerforneurodevelopment.com (scroll down on left) We now embark on another journey in Brain Research by reading through: … Continue reading The Brain That Changes Itself – Introduction

Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships Decoding Social Mysteries Through the Unique Perspective of Autism

A Book Review: Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships Decoding Social Mysteries Through the Unique Perspective of Autism By Dr. Temple Grandin and Sean Barron Edited by Veronica Zysk Future Horizons, Inc 2005 One of the most difficult areas for individuals on the Autism Spectrum is to navigate social relationships. This is especially true for high-functioning … Continue reading Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships Decoding Social Mysteries Through the Unique Perspective of Autism