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May 9, 2013 It is a beautiful Spring day in Portland, Oregon. I turn in my chair to look out the big skylight in my office. ...
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When Should You Have Your Child Evaluated for Learning Disabilities?
Determining when the appropriate time to have your child first evaluated is a difficult question to answer, and varies on a case-by-case basis based on individual factors. However, there are a few questions to ask yourself as well as basic information concerning the likely onset of learning disabilities that can help guide you in deciding whether or not to have your child evaluated.
Has your child displayed academic and/or behavioral difficulties since they first began school?
Has your child just started struggling during the current academic year?
What factors have changed during the current academic year that could account for difficulties (i.e., new school, transition from elementary to middle school, significant increase in workload, etc.)?
Does your child fluctuate between periods of doing well and struggling considerably?
If your child has displayed academic and/or behavioral difficulti...
There are several generalized characteristics associated with children who are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD). Common characteristics include hyperactivity, difficulty paying attention, impulsivity, interrupting, constantly talking and being disruptive. When we only focus on the final “D” representing the word “disorder”, these characteristics become our expected character of the child. Positive aspects underling these patterns of challenging behaviors often go overlooked when planning academic interventions. Children with ADD tend to be very intelligent, creative, and intuitive. They are often eager to express their interest in math, science, or gym and their dislike for language arts or social studies. They may bypass a learning disability classification as a result of their scaled potential and performance variability.
The gift of intuition is a particular characteristic that often stands...
Welcome to my blog. My blogs will be positve in nature and challenge each of us towards chanchanging our thinking from negative to positive. In staying with the cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused approach, thinking (cognitions) determine our feelings, our options and choices. Our choicez deeermine our actions/behavior and finally outcomes. Typically we let our minds wander (passively active). By using CBT/SFT, we learn to teach our minds to become "actively active." Then when we do this we gain personal control over our thoughts and can begin to make positive choices in our lives. SO, this blog is about positive information, positive sayings and words as well as resources. ENJOY THE JOURNEY. CHANGE IS NOT THE ISSUE; IT IS THE TRANSITIPN TO IT! An experiece in itselfis meaningless until we give it meaning. We either react or respond.
"Often the very desires that lead to our ruin start as healthy longings." We begin our young lives wanting love, affirmation, attention, nurturing, care, and the like. Then we are raised by less-than-perfect people who are unable, or sometimes unwilling, to meet our needs for these things. At this point, we are faced with a choice: where will we turn to have our needs met? And while we're deciding where to turn, we are believing that these desires are good, just misguided and need to be met in healthy ways. So, we are determined find a different healthy way. And while there are "...certainly natural desires, there are no neutral ones..."
We are given plenty of options to fulfill our needs. For instance, we can find other people to give us what we crave. These people can be healthy (caring, loving, selfless) or unhealthy (preoccupied, selfish or needy themselves). Or perhaps we think no I don't need people to meet our needs because they will fail us so we don't depend on them. I know I...
As the start of school approaches many parents will be faced with the tough decision on whether to have their child evaluated for a potential learning disability. A school professional may ask that your child be evaluated or you as the parent may contact your child’s teacher or other school professionals to request that your child be evaluated. Regardless, this decision can cause a substantial amount of anxiety, uncertainty, and defensiveness for the parent presented with this educational decision. When clients come in for consultation I often remind them that “Knowledge is Power” and the more we know about our children, the more effective we become in our attempts to support them. There is a lot of valuable information that could be ascertained from an evaluation process. Consider the following:
Purpose of the Evaluation
The recommendation to evaluate a child is driven by the provisions of the ...
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