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Summer Learning Activities to Improve Learning Skills TodaySummer Vacation has just started and as you know, it is the perfect time to give your child a boost in their learning skills, but you still want to have fun… Join Bonnie Terry, the nation's learning expert, and find out what you can do in just 20 minutes a day to boost your child’s reading, writing, and math skills and have fun at the same time. Some of the activities can be done in as little as 5 minutes and you still improve learning skills! Plus there is a surprise family bonus for being on the call, and trust me, you don't want to miss out on it! You will learn what you can do in the next 24 hours that will improve learning skills.
Improve Learning Skills WebinarBonnie Terry, M. Ed., BCET is hosting a FREE Live Webinar to help you improve your child's learning skills on:
Wednesday June 8th 8 pm Eastern, 7 pm Central, 6 pm Mountain, and 5 pm Pacific.
Upon registering you will receive a FREE Handbook on the easy steps you can take to improve your child's learning skills over the summer and still have fun even if they have a learning problem, LD, dyslexia, ADHD, or are gifted and take too long to do their homework. The activities and steps are for all age students - kindergarten through adults.
FREE Surprise Gift to Improve Learning Skills While Having FunThose that attend the Live Webinar will also receive a surprise FREE gift. And, of course, if you can’t make it live on the call, you will get access to the recording! Join The Nation's Learning Expert Bonnie Terry, M. Ed., BCET Wednesday June 8th Webinar 8 pm Eastern, 7 pm Central, 6 pm Mountain, and 5 pm Pacific. Space is limited. You can attend via phone, skype, or the internet! Reserve your space for the Webinar now at: Title: What Schools Don't Tell You: How to Help Your Child Learn With Ease and Still Have Fun! Time: Wednesday, June 8th at 5pm Pacific, 6 pm Mountain, 7 pm Central, 8 pm Eastern. Listening method: Phone, Skype, + Web Simulcast Learn About:
- 6 Steps to Successful Learning...and make a difference in the next 24 hours
- The Traditional Learning Model that schools use vs the TRUE Learning Model
- Activities to do at home to improve your child's learning in the next 24 hours
- How to Awaken the Scholar Within Your Child
Misdiagnosed Attention Deficit Disorder - ADHDNearly 1 million children in the US are potentially misdiagnosed with ADHD simply because they are the youngest and most immature in their kindergarten class. This is according to Todd Elder’s research at Michigan State University as reported in Science Daily. Think about this for a minute. Almost 1 million children are potentially misdiagnosed with ADHD. And what happens when a child is misdiagnosed? More often than not that child is prescribed to take behavior-modifying stimulants such as Ritalin and they don’t need them!
Diagnosing ADHD or Misdiagnosing ADHDThere are two important criteria to look at in the diagnosis and misdiagnosis of ADHD. The first is the most obvious criteria. Look at the behaviors a child is having, doing, exhibiting. For example, can they sit still for a lesson or while you read to them? The second criteria is critical! What is the age of the child doing the behavior, and do look at others of the same age. If a child can’t seem to sit still but he is only 5 and the rest of the children are 6 or close to being 6, that is a big difference! It is much harder for a 5 year old to sit still than for a 6 year old to sit still. Teachers and medical practitioners need to remember this when evaluating whether a child has ADHD.
Additional Situations to Look at Regarding Diagnosis and Misdiagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder - ADHD1. Is the problem you are seeing situational (e.g. Only one parent sees it as a problem; at school they don’t seem to have the problems, when they are with dad they don’t seem to have the problems, or when they are with mom they don’t seem to have the problems.) 2. If only one parent is having problems with the child, it may be a problem with parenting skills (e.g. Yelling at the child such as “You don’t act like you want to be part of the family.” or “Get up right now or else” and then not follow through with a consequence.). 3. If the teacher is the only one having a problem it may be a problem with the way the teacher is dealing with the child or it may be an inexperienced teacher. 4. Other times a child is misdiagnosed with attention deficit disorder is when the actual problem occurs through a shutdown of either their auditory system or their vision system.
- When the auditory or vision system becomes overloaded, it shuts down and needs a break. When either of these systems shuts down temporarily, the child often appears to be not paying attention. What is happening is either the vision system or the auditory system is resting.
- Unfortunately, often the child has trouble bringing themselves back to the activity at hand. A gentle reminder to come back to the activity is all that is needed in this instance, and it may need to be given each time they aren’t paying attention until the child learns to come back on their own.
So, what happens educationally when your child has ADHD?
Educational Problems Caused by ADD/ADHDAlthough attention deficit disorder (ADHD) is not a learning disability, ADD/ADHD obviously affects performance in a school setting, as well as affects other parts of their life. Kids and adults with ADD have neurological gaps that interfere with the cognitive processes of memory, concentration, and attention span. In other words, kids with attention deficit disorder have often missed out on instruction because they were distracted and attending to other things instead of the instruction that was being given. Assignments, especially homework may be missed because they were distracted and attending to other things instead of the assignment that was being given. When kids aren’t paying attention in class, they often miss bits and pieces of skills, content, and the easy tricks to becoming efficient learners. Dr. Daniel Amen states that school problems can include: o Restlessness o Short attention span and distractibility o Impulsiveness o Procrastination o Trouble shifting attention o Forgetfulness o Writing disabilities o Reading disabilities o Visual processing problems o Auditory processing problems o Unusual study habits o Difficulties with timed situations such as timed tests.
ADHD and Learning Disabilities or DyslexiaAbout 70% of kids with ADHD also have dyslexia, learning difficulties or learning disabilities. School age kids may have problems with reading, spelling, writing, penmanship, or arithmetic. The question then becomes one of, how do I help my ADHD kids to do well in school when they have such trouble attending to the instruction? How do I help them to improve their memory, mental energy, organizational skills, and expressive vocabulary so they can succeed in the school setting? There is a lot you can do to help your ADHD child in school. The key is to determine what specifically is interfering with their learning. Is it only the ADHD, or have they been misdiagnosed with ADHD? Are there other underlying causes interfering with their learning in addition to ADHD? For more information on the underlying causes of learning problems, you will want to check out our comprehensive behaviorally based learning assessment. It is critical to your child’s success, whether they have attention deficit disorder or not or whether they have been misdiagnosed with ADHD or not, to find out what other underlying causes may be contributing to your child’s educational struggles. Once you know exactly what is going on, there is so much you can do to help your child whether they have ADHD, have been misdiagnosed with ADHD or have a learning difficulty or learning disability.
Looking for help with learning reading
and don't know where to start?
Learning Reading Help Can Be Divided into 3 CategoriesThere are actually 3 Roadblocks to Learning Reading, 3 Roadblocks to Learning Writing, and 6 roadblocks to Learning Spelling. Whether your child has dyslexia, has an identified learning disability, is falling through the cracks at school or is even gifted… understanding what is interfering with their learning reading skills makes the difference in reading success or reading failure. 3 Roadblocks to Learning Reading. 1. Learning Reading: Phonics Related Problem This is the type of problem where it is almost ‘painful’ to listen to your child read. This happens more frequently with children in the primary grades, although older children can also have this difficulty. This first roadblock to reading success is phonics related. Phonics reading problems are when a child ‘jumbles’ or mispronounces the words as they are trying to decode (the ability to sound out printed words) or encode (the ability to put letters to the sounds that make up a word). You have no idea what the word is that they are trying to read until you look at it yourself. 2. Learning Reading: Fluency/Visual Tracking Problem This is when you listen to your child read the selection doesn’t make any sense to you. You know something must be missing. The second reading roadblock to reading success is where it takes your child what seems like forever to read the sentence or they have skipped, omitted, or repeated words when reading. They may even re-read the whole selection and still not get meaning from it because they have missed bits and pieces of what they have read. This fluency problem happens quite often with children of all ages, from 1st grade to adults. Over the years I have found that most students that have reading problems or are 'reluctant readers' have fluency/visual tracking problems that interfere with their reading. 3. Learning Reading: Lack of Language or Vocabulary Problem This is when your child reads and you know they don’t understand the meaning of the words they are reading.This prevents comprehension or being able to understand what you read. Many children don’t have a large base of language or vocabulary. This happens often due to poor visual memory or auditory memory skills. This makes reading comprehension difficult. This problem may not be noticeable until the 4th grade and above due to the relatively common vocabulary that is used in reading material for younger students. There are solutions to each of these roadblocks to learning reading skills.
Looking for Special Education Experts
to Answer Your Education Questions?It is often hard to find who to go to to get your special ed questions answered. What if you could find the top Special Ed experts all in one place? There is now a list of the 50 top special ed experts that are worth following on twitter. I was just informed that such a list exists...and I'm on it.
What type of Special Education Experts are on the list?Each of these experts give you the best cutting edge information on special ed on a daily basis. The list includes 20 special educators worth following. I also includes the top 17 advocates and groups to follow. It also includes 18 special ed tools (materials, law information, news, and organizations) to follow.
This email just came in announcing the 50 Special Education experts...and I thought I'd share it.Hello Bonnie I’m just writing this to inform you that we’ve recently published an article on TeachTechTopia entitled, “50 Special Ed Teachers and Experts Worth Following on Twitter.” We were searching for some of the best twitter accounts to follow on the subject, and found @BonnieTerry_btl to be an excellent addition. Best, Alba Collazo Co-founder, TeachTechTopia Be sure to sign up for the free teaching tips above my photo on the right and email you special education questions to me.
- Case Studies
- A current client talk about her daughter and how this method has changed their lives.
- Why children and adults struggle with learning
- The Cone of Learning
- The 5 critical steps you need to help your child improve their skills
- The 6 activities you can do right now to help them improve their skills and still have fun.
- Struggling learners
- Reluctant learners
- Learners that take a long time to complete their work
- Learners that are 'falling through the cracks'
- LD, Dyslexic, ADHD learners
- Gifted learners