Remediation vs. Accommodation: Helping Students with Learning Disabilities Succeed

Jan 28, 2014 by Norene Wiesen

Meeting the needs of students with learning disabilities can be a challenge. Students newly identified with a learning disability are likely to need immediate accommodation. But for maximum long-term benefit, educators need to address the learning difficulty at its core. How do we strike the right balance between remediation and accommodation?

8 Ways To Build Student Stamina

Jan 14, 2014 by Norene Wiesen

Students who have mastered persistence are able to work through challenges, deal constructively with failures and adversity, and achieve the goals they have set for themselves. Try these tips for boosting your learners’ stick-to-itiveness.

5 Trends in Education for 2014

Jan 7, 2014 by Norene Wiesen

The inclusion of listening standards in the Common Core heralds a new focus on listening instruction in the classroom. In 2014, teachers will spend more time demonstrating what listening “looks like;” explaining what students should be doing with their eyes, ears, and bodies while listening; directing learners to notice when they haven’t been listening; and measuring how well learners apply what they’ve been taught. What other education trends are predicted for 2014?

The Benefits of Downtime: Why Learners’ Brains Need a Break

Dec 17, 2013 by Hallie Smith, MA CCC-SLP

With so much to do and so little learning time in a school year—fitting in downtime is easier said than done. That’s unfortunate, because research shows that time off-task is important for proper brain function and health.

Auditory Processing Disorder Interventions: How Do They Work?

Nov 5, 2013 by Martha Burns, Ph.D

Auditory processing disorders can be traced to specific regions of the brain, especially regions of the brainstem. Find out how targeted auditory processing disorder interventions result in better listening skills and improved brainstem response to speech.

Why Auditory Processing Disorders Are Hard to Spot

Oct 29, 2013 by Martha Burns, Ph.D

Your most struggling student just isn’t listening – again. But could there be more to it? Auditory processing disorders can look a lot like inattention, and it’s not easy to tell the difference. Why is it so hard to figure out what’s going on?

Building Better Writers (Without Picking Up a Pen)

Oct 15, 2013 by Beth Rogowsky, Ed.D

All too often, teachers give little attention to the cognitive skills of writing. That’s a shame, because cognitive skills are the building blocks upon which writing depends.

The Neuroplasticity Revolution With Dr. Norman Doidge

Oct 8, 2013 by Norene Wiesen

Norman Doidge, M.D., discusses why the concept of brain plasticity—the brain’s ability to grow and change in structure and function in response to experience—is “the most important change in our understanding of the brain in 400 years.”

The Truth About Kids’ Screen Time and Language Delays

Sep 24, 2013 by Norene Wiesen

Excessive screen time is associated with language delays in young children, but there’s an even more important factor in early language development. Do you know what it is?

Overcoming Language and Reading Problems: The Promise of Brain Plasticity

Sep 11, 2013 by Martha Burns, Ph.D

Find out how children around the world are rewiring their brains to overcome 'insurmountable' language and reading problems.

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