Learning Challenges

New Year, New Student

We’re into the New Year; in fact, we’re in the part of the new year that most of us ditch those new year resolutions we selected a few weeks ago!  Now is a good time to shift your attention to determining how your child is doing in school.  It’s been going on now for about…

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Five Myths About Learning Disabilities Metro Learning Solutions’ parent company, LearningRx, is breaking down some of the top myths about learning disabilities. Read up on these misconceptions and the truth behind what causes learning struggles and how to address them.  1. Tutoring is always the best approach to help with learning disabilities. Why it’s false: Tutoring can be…

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Dyslexia and Education

“Dyslexic kids still have to navigate a school system that isn’t set up for neuro-diversity.”  (from Cat Rodie, Code Read Dyslexia Network) Every year students diagnosed or suspected of having dyslexia enter a school system that is not set up to educate them.  Worse yet, when the student does begin to fall behind, their educational…

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BRAIN TRAINING IMPROVED ATTENTION BY 24 POINTS

BRAIN TRAINING IMPROVED ATTENTION BY 24 POINTS A long-term study published in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry found that extended use of stimulant medication was linked to suppressed adult height but did not reduce symptoms of ADHD. Tanya Mitchell, Chief Research Officer for LearningRx (www.LearningRx.com), Metro Learning Solution’s parent company, says that parents who are…

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Back to school Tips for Parents of Kids and Teens with ADHD

For the parents of children with attention struggles, September can bring a host of anxiety for the entire family. Children and teens with ADHD may struggle with homework, test-taking, making friends, grades and even behaving in the classroom. All of these things can impact confidence and even with medication, the struggles can still be overwhelming.…

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Do Weak Cognitive Skills Contribute to Bullying?

Bullies tend to prey on kids who stand out or who struggle with social skills.  Oftentimes, the weak cognitive skills associated with several learning struggles (ADHD, dyslexia, general learning disability, for example) contribute to the perception of an individual being “different” or “weak” and can, in turn, contribute to being victimized. In some instances, especially…

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Encouraging Reading

For many kids, diagnosed with ADHD or not, reading is problematic, and they can come up with some very creative ways to avoid it.  As a prior teacher and a book lover for as long as I can remember, it always saddened me to see anyone, student or adult, not able to find joy in…

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ADHD/Executive Function Checklist

While all individuals are unique, and certain symptoms are more crucial at specific ages, nevertheless, there are some commonalities that indicate ADHD may be an issue for you or your child.  If you respond to a significant number of these (six or more), an evaluation from a professional may be indicated.  +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Check any of…

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Have a Slow Reader?

  Schools are pushing for a certain number of words read per minute, and it can be intimidating for lots of kids.  If your child is struggling meeting this goal, or appears to be a slower than average reader, there are a few reasons this might be happening.  The selection is too hard.  This typically…

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Slow Processing or ADHD Summary

It has been reported (article here) that many individuals that have been diagnosed with ADHD have the comorbid condition of slow processing speed.  What is processing speed?  It is the amount of time necessary to take in information, decide what to do with it, and then respond or act upon that decision.   The incoming information…

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