A Teacher’s Cry for Help

A Teacher’s Cry for Help

Yesterday I received a message from a teacher in Northern British Columbia that brought me to tears. She wrote to me asking for help with one of her students, who is significantly behind her peers in reading. This family has a history of dyslexia, so that means there...
What is Executive Functioning?

What is Executive Functioning?

What are Executive Functions? Executive functions are cognitive (brain-based) processes an individual uses to concentrate, pay attention and get things done. They are sometimes referred to as executive control, cognitive control or executive skills.  Executive...
Specific Learning Disorders

Specific Learning Disorders

According to the DSM-5*, the term Specific Learning Disorder (aka SLD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder with a biological origin that affects an individual’s academic skills, not their developmental milestones.   Let me break down some of those terms for you and...
Literacy Screening

Literacy Screening

Literacy Screening Most children begin kindergarten excited by the prospect of finally learning how to read. The idea of reading excites them because it opens the door into a world they only had access to when someone else would read to them. They are excited to be...
A Parent’s Guide to IEP Meetings

A Parent’s Guide to IEP Meetings

A Parent’s Guide to IEP Meetings There is no way to deny it, IEP meetings are stressful and hard for any parent. I know professionals who go into meetings as advocates for other families regularly but still struggle with attending an IEP meeting for their own...