A Voice and a Stage

“Everyone has a voice and a stage and the ability to impact the world in a positive way,” says Jen Bricker, author of Everything is Possible. Most parents that I have met want to know how to help their children be the best they can be physically, emotionally, socially, academically, and spiritually–in spite of any physical disabilities or learning disabilities they may have. Jen inspires us to do just that!

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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Special Needs or Just a Phase?

[Formerly Posted as Recognizing Special Needs] –Delana H Stewart Undiagnosed Learning Needs Many times students in homeschool and national school environments have learning needs or special needs that go undiagnosed.  Oftentimes, this is because those of us working with these students do not know the signs to look for.  We just think our child or…

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ADD and Things Kids Say

–-Delana H. Stewart Sometimes it is nice to know you are not alone in child raising, parenting, educating, and/or dealing with children who have ADHD, dyslexia, Asperger’s Syndrome, other learning challenges or neurological disorders. Three years ago in 2010, I wrote the following post. *********************************************************************************************************************************** With my teenagers now out of the house, much of…

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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…

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Cancer and Cell Phone Use

—Delana H. Stewart In the doctor’s office a year and a half ago I read “Wake-up Call”–an article in Parenting Early Years magazine (May 2011)—which discussed the risks of cancer to toddlers and teens caused by cell phone usage. They cited a study done in 2008 in Sweden which stated that children and teens were…

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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