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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…

Putting the Pieces Together Differently

—Delana H. Stewart Any of your closets filled with boxes of puzzles that have missing pieces? Or, perhaps you and your children are tired of putting that puzzle together? Our family visited an art museum in Beaumont, TX this week and took some photos of some art by Al Souza. If you have a child…

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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

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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…

F.A.T. City Workshop on learning disabilities

By: Delana H. Stewart In November, I had the opportunity to view the PBS video “How Difficult Can This Be?–The F.A.T. City Workshop” by Richard D. Lavoie. This DVD shows parents and teachers how frustrating learning can be for a student with learning disabilities. Participants in the workshop actually do some activities that recreate that…

The Parent’s Guide — Solutions to Behavior Problems (12 days of Christmas, 10 days)

By:Delana S Last month I had an opportunity to browse through a library of education and parenting books. I came across one book that would be an excellent resource for parents. Though I did not read the entire book, it is designed as a reference manual to assist parents in specific problem areas.  It is…

Rock-n-Learn

By: Delana S Do you have a child who is struggling in reading or spelling? Are phonics difficult? My child has been struggling in this area, so I recently bought her a dvd called Rock-n-Learn Phonics. She has only been viewing it for a few weeks and has improved greatly in her ability to retain…