ADHD has become a disorder that almost every parent in the US has heard a lot about today. Some people dismiss ADHD as simply a newfound name for an old issue, hyper kids. Other people argue that it is a real disorder that has become more and more common. The truth is...

Let’s be honest. We all have behaviors that we’d like to change or encourage in ourselves as well as in our children (and probably our spouses, too!). Changing behavior is tough though. Just look at the number of New Year’s Resolutions that are dropped within a few wee...

I vividly remember my 10th grade math class. I’d always done well in math and found it quite easy. Then I moved to another district with different standards and different testing methods. Suddenly, I found myself behind and struggling to get a good grade. Then the day...

In the public schools, being Gifted means something very specific. It relates primarily to a child’s IQ score obtained from a nationally-normed standardized test and a child’s demonstrated academic ability. Children in public school Gifted programs are your stereotypic...

When I first started classes in special education in college, I was struck by a short story I read. I have since read it many times and shared it with my college students repeatedly. It tells the story of what it is like to have a child with special needs. I’d like to...

The holiday season is one that inspires a mix of feelings. Those of faith look forward to celebrations, decorations, and time with family. But those celebrations can also be mixed with feelings of sorrow and longing as we miss those who are no longer with us. Then ther...

I teach online. For over a decade, I’ve taught students seeking their Master’s Degree in Special Education. One of the first things I tell my students is that it is up to them to tell me if they don’t understand something. Not having a traditional format, I tell them t...

I had an interesting weekend. I went to a homeschool conference all about homeschooling children with special needs and students who are gifted. Having a child who is both, I was eager to go and get new ideas.  

To be honest, as I went to the conference, I expected to l...

I have a confession. There is a particular question about homeschooling that I don’t like to get anymore. It almost always comes from people I know who don’t homeschool. They ask me if I like it. 

My response is pretty standard. I tell them that there are good days and...

Visual learners learn best by seeing. It helps them get new information into long-term memory as they have more and more to look at. If you have a visual learner or are looking for ways to incorporate visual learning into a multisensory learning approach, the following...

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