Academics

Special Needs and Song Writing

Historically, songwriting has been a very powerful voice for people to share their feelings, their stories, their achievements, their motivations and so much more. It can also provide a great way for children to...

What is So Difficult About Doing Homework?

Okay, you have resolved some of the more obvious homework issues. You have systems in place to help ensure that the proper information and materials arrive home with our child. Your child has been...

Homework. “Help!”

From the very first time kids bring home extra work -- through high school and beyond, it can be a contentious time. Kids don't get it, parents have to re-learn it, and the mere nightly...

Using Visual Aids to Take Advantage of Your Child’s Visual Learning Style

Every child with invisible special needs is different. For some, listening, reading and writing develop naturally and to a high level but for others, these things are a struggle. Some children learn best by seeing...

Rise in ADHD? Or Simply Immaturity?

In the last decade, the number of kids diagnosed with ADHD has risen 66%! A new study reveals statistics in the current issue of the journal, Academic Pediatrics. Northwestern Medicine spearheaded the study and...

Encouraging Self-Regulation: At Home, At School, and in Your Child’s Mind

My 11 year old high-functioning autistic son is halfway through his fifth grade year. He’s been on an IEP since he got his official diagnosis at 6, and part of his accommodation has included...

Methods and Curriculums that Work: Online Learning

As we approach Thanksgiving I have been pondering my life. After 13 years of homeschooling, thoughts about my homeschool journey always shine brightly. I love homeschooling my precious little boys, and I am especially...

Help Children with Speech Disorders Learn to Read

Perhaps your child has a speech problem; not one of those cute “developmental” speech errors that will go away on its own, but errors that persist and make him hard to understand.  If so,...

How to Help a Teen with Autism Develop a Love of Reading

As my son's 7th grade year came to a close, we noticed that it was impossible to get him to read for pleasure. His mind was too focused on movies, television, Wii or Xbox...

How-To Tips: Pay Attention in School

Let's discuss how to pay better attention while in class. This may seem obvious to most of you, but for a kid with ASD, nothing is obvious. The following key tips can help: Sit in...