Dysgraphia is a relatively unknown learning difference that doesn’t get as many headlines at ADHD and dyslexia. However, many students, especially those with ADHD and/or dyslexia suffer from dysgraphia and may not even know they have it. It’s important to understand exactly what dysgraphia is and how it affects students in the classroom. The use of term “dysgraphia” is not very common and sometimes confusing. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder (DSM-V), which is the most widely used manual for assigning learning differences, does not contain that specific word. Instead, the DSM-V describes this particular diagnosis as… read more →
If you are reading this, then chances are you are thinking about having your child tested for ADHD or another learning difference. While this process is pretty standard, it may seem confusing, frustrating, and even scary when thinking about what all goes into it. Who Does the Testing? Before you begin the testing process you must first find someone to do the testing. Typically there are two types of practitioners: 1) psychologists, and 2) educational diagnosticians. While both psychologists and educational diagnosticians can administer the necessary cognitive assessments, only psychologists are able to give diagnoses of ADHD and other learning… read more →
Wow, how is it already the end of July?! Summer sure does fly by fast. Hopefully your child has kept busy with some good summer activities that let him enjoy some time off but also keep his mind and body sharp. For those of us living in Texas, the school year seems to start much earlier than other places. Usually by mid-August students are preparing for their first day back. Today I want to talk to you, parents, about what you can do now to help ensure a smooth first day back for your student and set him up for… read more →
504 Plan Basics In the last post I discussed IEP Basics. IEPs are comprehensive plans for students diagnosed with a specific disability. Many parents wonder what the difference is between and IEP and Section 504 Accommodations. The difference can be confusing. This post will hopefully clarify the differences and help you decide which to pursue. What are 504 Accommodations? Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, individuals are protected under federal law from discrimination related to a disability. Unlike an IEP, 504 is not specific to school. However, for the sake of this post, Section 504 pertains to students… read more →
IEP Basics An IEP, or Individualized Education Plan, may be an important piece for students diagnosed with a learning disability. This post is to help you determine if you should explore setting up an IEP for your student. Below are some common questions regarding IEPs. What is an IEP? An IEP is a comprehensive education plan for students diagnosed with a specific disability. IEP’s are required by law under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The IEP may provide classroom modifications for your student based on his or her diagnosed disability. An IEP will contain: A description of the… read more →
Understanding ADD and ADHD What’s the difference between ADD and ADHD? This is a question that I often get from parents and students, particularly those who have been recently diagnosed. The simple answer, I tell them, is the “H”. Let’s take a closer look. ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder ADD is characterized primarily by the inability to sustain attention. Often times a student with ADD will exhibit satisfactory attention but only in short spurts. Sitting in class or working on long assignments often prove very difficult for students with ADD. Signs that a student may have ADD are: trouble taking… read more →
A new school year is upon us, and there are several steps to take to prepare your child who struggles with ADHD. The following is a list of things to think about before that first day.
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