Why Does My Child Have Trouble Going From Initiation to Completion of Tasks? Executive Functioning Skills include basic cognitive processes that involve a part of the brain called the frontal lobe. This part of the brain helps people pay attention, manage their time and their emotions. Children who struggle with executive functioning skills have difficulty with […]
Academic Anxiety with Regard to Performance Academic Anxiety can alter our ability to perform everyday tasks with ease or to be able to relax in our surroundings. For children with academic anxiety, their fear or nervousness interferes with everyday life. Their anxiety levels are linked to internal pressure that they place on themselves, as well […]
Academic Anxiety with Regard to Transitions Academic Anxiety can alter our ability to perform everyday tasks with ease or to be able to relax in our surroundings. For children with academic anxiety, their fear or nervousness interferes with everyday life. Their anxiety levels are linked to internal pressure that they place on themselves, as well […]
Do your children know what they want to major in at college? Do they presently possess a skill set that would enable them to seek and secure employment? Are they in their twenties and still dabbling in a variety of jobs? Do they appear directionless? If so, they may benefit from participating in an online […]
Are independent schools required to provide accommodations and interventions specified in formal psychoeducational evaluations such as extended time or do they have a choice in what services they choose to provide? Private schools, unlike public institutions, do not need to follow the same guidelines and implementation of educational services as do their public counterparts because […]
Is it true that school suspensions are on the rise? A. Yes, school suspensions are absolutely on the rise. New standards of behavior and expectations of students from kindergarten to 12th grade are in place in both private and public schools. The number of children who are suspended for nonviolent acts is alarming. In one […]
Teenagers with Asperger’s Spectrum Disorder are intimately familiar with the numerous challenges of negotiating their way through their daily school routines. Most teens and students transitioning to higher level educational face challenges, but these challenges are often heightened for ASD teens by the increased social/emotional and academic demands of their programs. Undoubtedly, ASD teens struggle with the expectations that academic programs place upon them with regard to social interaction, misinterpretation of social cues, and difficulty formulating and maintaining peer interactions. Read more
Understanding the Needs of Exceptional Students When Assessing Appropriate Educational Schools and Programs
By Dana Stahl, M.Ed., Educational Alternatives LLC
Reprinted from “Insights” The Newsletter of the Independent Educational Consultants Association, April/May 2015
Individual profiles provide essential information for educators. Interpreting these formal evaluations enables educators to build on the recommendations in the profiles to create effective teaching strategies for their students with learning issues. Using these profiles to supplement their own observations, educators can distinguish among various learning and behavior issues. They are thus better able to understand their students’ individual differences and design successful academic lessons. Educational consultants who also rely on understanding a student’s individual profile will deepen their skill set by acquiring a better appreciation of their client’s needs, thereby expanding their ability to secure appropriate educational placements for exceptional clients. By familiarizing themselves with specific learning issues, educational consultants will increase their realization of the academic, social, and emotional issues that exceptional students face, thus gaining an increased command of their client’s unique learning needs. Read more
As a young child, I received inadequate treatment for my learning disability. It was not until I was ten years old that a proper assessment and an appropriate treatment plan were initiated. I was diagnosed as being dyslexic. Before I was tutored, I would close my eyes, see darkness and be unable to visually conceptualize any words. My reading difficulties particularly affected my academic performance, for I was unable to follow directions. Because of these learning disabilities, elementary school entailed frustrating and often terrifying experiences.
I know first hand what you and your child are going through. I also know that with appropriate intervention and parental guidance your children will blossom and reach their full academic and socio-emotional potential.
I have dedicated my professional career to helping families not be torn apart by the stress and fear of the unknown. As your educational consultant, I will be available to support you in helping your child feel and be successful.
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