Music Therapy and ADHD

Does Music Therapy for the ADHD mind really work? Can it help a child who has difficulty sleeping at night?

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Recommended Dyslexia Curriculum

Which curriculum do parents and educators recommend for schooling children with dyslexia? What about remediation programs? Many parents homeschooling children with dyslexia (as well as parents of children with ADHD) ask these questions regarding curriculum that works well for the right-brained, out-of-the-box learner. After spending hours researching parent and teacher forums and review sites, I…


11 Tips for Homeschooling a Child with Auditory Processing Disorder

Auditory Processing Disorder—11 Homeschool Tips Because of short-term memory problems, easy brain fatigue, and the effects of noise and visual stimuli on the child with APD consider the following: Use of repetition to learn things. Teach in smaller increments, but with repetition. Use a multi-sensory approach (including gross motor and fine motor skills). Avoid programs that…

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Seeing the Signs of a Learning Disability

By: Delana H Stewart Many times students  have learning needs or special needs that go undiagnosed.  Oftentimes, those working with these students do not know the signs to look for. According to Paul Burden in his book Classroom Management, “a specific learning disability is a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes…


Early Bird or Second Mouse?

By: Delana H. Stewart There is a saying that goes: The early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese. What about in terms of starting kindergarten? Do you want your child to be the early bird or is being the second mouse better? What about just being right on time? Is there…

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Does Too Much Television Watching Damage the Developing Brain?

–Delana H. Stewart If you have a child 5 and under you will definitely want to see this. If you have any children or grandchildren that you love and care about, you will likely be interested. If you are the type of person who needs to see scientific data and visuals to believe something, watch…


Math for the Visual-Spatial Learner

–Delana H. Stewart Looking at worksheet pages of black numbers bores and frustrates the visual-spatial learner. While manipulatives work well for visual-spatial and kinesthetic learners, I have recently discovered some books that really help the visual-spatial learner. Here are two of them: The Great Divide by: Suzanne Slade, illustrated by Erin E. Hunter. This book…


Developmental Delays and Educational Success

–Delana H. Stewart Have you noticed or have others commented to you that your baby, preschooler, or school-aged child is several months or more behind his peers? Does your son or daughter exhibit delayed motor skills, delayed speech, unusual mannerisms or obsessions? Keys to Success Early Detection According to Dr. Linda Kreger Silverman, author of…


No Normal Children

By: Delana H. Stewart There are no normal children. Show me a normal child, and I will show you a child who has areas in which he/she excels and areas in which he/she would benefit from modifications or additional help or tutoring. Are there children with high IQ, low IQ, and average IQ? Yes. But…


Snapshots of a VSL #1

Snapshots of a VSL #1 By: Delana H Stewart Rather than wait until I complete Dr. Linda Silverman’s book Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner in order to write a review, I want to offer snapshots of my journey along the way. This fifteen chapter, 400-page- book first released in 2002 is something I heard about…

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Back to Nature, part 4: P.E., Music, Art and the nPod

Are your children receiving the most benefits from a well-balanced education including P.E., Music, and Art? Do you know how these affect academic learning? Is organized sports and normal gym classes the most beneficial way to receive physical education? This is my final discussion on Richard Louv ’s book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder (LC). I have had many parents, particularly those who homeschool (but also those in national schools), write me about the challenges of finding ways to involve their children in physical education and the arts.

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Back to Nature, part 3: Nature Therapy and ADHD

As parents, we know that kids today spend less time outside playing and much more time sitting indoors in front of televisions, computers, or game machines. One day, a fellow education consultant told me about Richard Louv ’s book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder (LC). This piqued my curiosity, so I picked up a copy and began to wonder even more about the effects of technology on our children’s generation. Louv cites studies

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Back to Nature, part 1: A Review of “Last Child in the Woods”

Book Review: Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv . . . intrigued me as I wondered about my own family and whether or not we suffered the effects of not being in nature enough. Through the years research has certainly been done to show the benefits of nature on hospital patients, office workers, and stressed-out travelers in busy international airports. Mr. Louv provides additional


The Nature Zone–A Review of “The Nature Principle”

By: Delana H Stewart Do you desire for yourself or your children: A sharper mind? A stronger immune system? Less stress? More energy and strength? Better instincts? Enriched creativity, imagination, inspiration? Increased patience? Heightened senses? Greater sense of satisfaction with life? An edge in a competitive job market? A healthy and fit body? Relief from…


Moving Education from Potential to Kinetic: Helping Right-brain Learners and Others who learn differently

By Delana H Stewart The school year is over and my nine-year-old bundle of energy is with me 24/7.  Letting her veg the day away in front of videos would waste time and brain cells, so I was faced with the challenge of how to engage her hour by hour and teach her ways to…

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Resources and Curriculum for Educating the Right-Brained Learner

Specific resources and curriculum for educating right-brained learners and others who think outside the box.


Omega-3 and ADD, Autism, and Dyslexia

—Delana H Stewart Several families have asked me about Omega-3 and how it affects children with ADD or ADHD. Recently, my daughter’s doctor recommended that we consider giving our daughter Omega-3 supplements. I began studying Omega 3 and fish oil supplements and learned that they are not all created equal. If you choose to give…

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First Pants

Last year an education consultant showed me a Far side comic of a man sitting on the edge of his bed staring at a note taped to the wall that read in large letters: First pants, THEN your shoes! It reminded me of how helpful notes can be to children who struggle with memory problems or organization or neurological disorders.

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Build a Better Brain

–Delana H. Stewart Of my huge stack of education books to read this year, I just finished Teaching with the Brain in Mind by Eric Jensen.  The author gives an easy to understand explanation of how the brain works and how to interpret brain research. He also provides educators, parents, and students with interesting and…


DIY — Get your brain in gear — Do Something!

–Delana H. Stewart Yesterday, I talked with a mom whose child receives Occupational Therapy for sensory processing and sensory integration. She talked about the benefits she’s noticed, not just from the therapy but from physical activity (in her child’s life and in her own life). A couple of month’s ago, I had the privilege of…