Oct: Learning Disability Awareness Month

I originally wrote this for another education site. I have adapted it for TDZ.

The month of October is Disability Awareness Month. The archives already have several articles pertaining to learning disabilities. Here is a quick overview of some of the resources available on Homeschool Benefits.

ADHD(Yes, I know it is not a learning disability but often associated with learning disabilities.)

An Insider’s Look at ADHD: I am not expert on ADHD however I do have a degree in special education and over 10 years experience teaching. So, why I do I think I’m qualified to talk about ADHD? In two words life experience, ADHD is something I deal with on a daily basis. This is based on personal observation as well as what I have learned from others about ADHD. More …

How I Stay Focused: It can be a challenge for me to stay focused at times. I have ADHD and often find it a struggle to focus on just one thing. More…

Top 10: ADHD Things: Life with ADHD can be interesting, at times challenging but mostly it is just normal. While talking with a friend I came up with the idea for writing a list of Top 10 ADHD Things. More …

DYSGRAPHIA

Dysgraphia Explained: Dysgraphia is related to dyslexia. Dysgraphia affects fine motor skills and ability to write legibly. Like dyslexia, it is often misunderstood. Many times a child with dyslexia may do very well in school except for writing legibly therefore it is assumed that he/she writes too quickly, is lazy, careless or does not care. To further complicate the matter dysgraphia is more than just messy or illegible handwriting. More …

One Cool Kid: Twelve-year-old Michael Guggenheim has not allowed is learning disability to stop him from making a difference in the lives of others. While still a child himself he founded a non-profit organization that makes computers available to homeless children in the Los Angeles Area. More …

DYSLEXIA

Dyslexia and Language: Recent studies suggest that there is a correlation between native language and the effects of dyslexia. According to findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the effect of dyslexia is different in children who read and speak English contrasted with those read and speak Chinese. Prior to this study, the language being read and the effects on the brain had not been considered in relationship to dyslexia. According to the study the a different part of the brain is used when reading an alphabetic language like English than when reading a symbolic language like Chinese. More…

Dyslexia Explained: In recent months there has been much discussion about Dyslexia and its existence. Some experts claim that it does not exist. Yet dyslexia does exist. It is the most common cause of reading problems.One common misunderstanding is that dyslexia is simply seeing or reading things backwards. Dyslexia is much more than reversing letters it is a processing problem that can affect both written and spoken language. The International Dyslexia Association defines dyslexia as: “Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities.” (1) More..

OTHER

A Letter From The Class Dummy: A few years ago I was asked to write something about what it was like to grow up with a learning disability. Speaker presenting workshops for teachers used this. More …

Homeschooling and Learning Disabilities: Homeschooling has many advantages for children with learning disabilities. It is much easier for your child to receive the intensive one-on-one instruction needed to succeed. Instruction can be tailored to meet your child’s individual needs. Educating a child with learning disabilities can be a challenging task especially in the beginning. Today, I would like to offer some suggestions if you are considering homeschooling or even already homeschooling a child with learning disabilities. More…

I’m a Person Not A Label: Recently I was reading some articles about ADHD one of the things that caught my attention was use of ADHD in lieu of words like person or child. This really bothered me. In fact I find it offensive. Why does this bother me? More…

Myth Busters — Learning Disabilities Edition: I am constantly confronted by common myths and misunderstanding concerning learning disabilities. Today I would like to tackle a few of them. Unfortunately, unlike the Myth Busters show I do not get to use cool explosions. More…

Reflections on the Remote Control: The Learn Button: The other day I was looking at my remote control and noticed that a learn button. This got my brain to going. Thinking would not it be easier if we just had a learn button to learn new things or even better children had a learn button. How easy would teaching be if you could just put a button and impart knowledge? Of course, my husband chimed in that they also need a mute and rewind buttons as well but that is for another article. All of this got me thinking about how children actually learn. Discovering your child’s learning style is one of the best ways to improve academic success. More …

Successful People with Disabilities: Positive examples of those with disabilities who have been successful. More …

What Every Parent of a Child with Learning Disabilities Needs to Know: First learn about your child’s learning disability. Find out the symptoms or traits and problems this disability may cause. Be sure to keep a record of every meeting, test results and diagnosis your child has. More...