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16 Characteristics of Kinesthetic and Tactile Learners

by Sarah Major M.Ed.

What does it mean if my child is a kinesthetic or tactile learner?

Kinesthetic learners learn best when they are moving.

If they are using their hands and bodies in learning, their attention will be focused right on the learning they are doing. Conversely, if they are expected to sit very still and pay attention and listen, success will not follow. The more they have to sit still, the less they can focus and learn!

Misdiagnosis of Dyslexia and ADD/HD Leaves Kids Struggling:

Irlen Syndrome - the OTHER Perceptual Processing Disorder
by Helen Irlen

Lately, educators and medical professionals are quick to diagnose children who struggle in school with dyslexia and/or AD/HD. In fact, just this week, I was reading the blog post of a teenager who said that 26 out of 30 children on her color guard team have been diagnosed with dyslexia. We as a society like labels because it means we have answers and we can get help, right? Generally, this is true.

Tips for helping children with symptoms of ADHD

by Sarah Major, M.Ed

According to the CDC, 3%-7% – or 5.4 million – of school-aged children have been diagnosed with ADHD. In addition, the CDC also reports that 66% of the children with an ADHD diagnosis have been treated with medication. Medication seems to usually be the first course of action when a child is not performing well at school and at home. But is the need for medication always indicated? Is it always the best option? Here are a couple of negatives to the widespread treatment of ADHD with stimulant medications.

A Fresh Look at Teaching Children with Learning Challenges

by Sarah Major, M.Ed

A decade ago when I was in graduate school, I could hardly contain my excitement when the time came for taking remedial reading courses. I just couldn’t wait to find the answers to questions that had plagued me about why seemingly bright children struggled to learn to read. Imagine my chagrin when I found that the classes were preparing me to test, to detect learning differences, to track reading rates, to classify text as to reading level… in short, to do everything but successfully teach reading to a non-reader.

ADHD: Catching Up and Calming Down

by Pennie Sempell

ADHD is the most common psychiatric childhood disorder in the USA and it is increasing globally, with use of stimulants drugs on the rise since the early 1990s.

How To Help Children Learn

by Dr. Jeremy Fritz

Can the brain continue to grow?  It was once believed that our brains were developmentally fixed. This thinking led to the belief that as we age our brain becomes rigid and we can’t change how our brain processes information. In essence, an old dog can’t learn new tricks. Thankfully, current research has shown this to not be the case. 

Behavioral Strategies for the Disconnected Child

by Dr. Jeremy Fritz

Current statistics are revealing significant increases in childhood behavioral and learning disabilities. As of 2007, Autism was impacting somewhere around 1 in 38 boys born in the United States. This is compared to an estimated 1 in 10,000 just two decades earlier. In Florida, learning disorders have jumped from less than 1% in 1971 to as high 20% today.

When the Brain is out of Synch, the World is out of Balance

by Dr. Jeremy Fritz

A child views the world through the magnificent brain.

Using Movement to Enhance Classroom Learning

by Dr. Jeremy Fritz

Remember the days when kids would walk to school, ride their bikes to play with friends, and spend the day exploring outside? They would make up games using nature and movement as the only ingredients.