Archives for November 2010

Dyslexia Symptoms: Children

Of all the discussed Dyslexia Symptoms, children are most often the focus. One or two dyslexia symptoms in children, does not mean that a child has dyslexia. For example, Joey can’t write, but he’s a great reader. Even though dyslexia affects writing, not all children who have writing issues are dyslexic. Or, because Penny reverses her numbers, doesn’t mean she’s got the problem, either. [Read more…]

Get help with ISEE, SSAT and TACHS tests

As a Strong Learning Tutor, I have helped many 8th graders prepare for the ISEE, the SSAT  and the TACHS. Children learn proven techniques on how to answer the different types of questions, and by helping them in areas in which they need to improve.

I help each student become comfortable with the format of the various test sections. I show each student how to approach answering the reading sections from vocabulary, to short answer to grammar, to reading comprehension. [Read more…]

The International Dyslexia Association

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA), is the oldest nonprofit organization in the United States dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia. It serves this population through researching the causes and treatments of dyslexia. They collaborate with other national and international organizations to help the dyslexic individual, his family and his teachers learn more about this disability. about dyslexia association

How to Hire a Math Tutor – Questions to ask

Your child deserves to succeed in school. Unfortunately, a math tutor is often the last place parents turn to help their children. Once taking away the iPod after school, or limiting TV or even helping your child with their homework doesn’t appear to be working, hire a professional.

There are tricks, methods, systems and approaches known to coaches and tutors that just aren’t common knowledge. And that may be the reason they are often so successful. [Read more…]

Dyslexia Assessment: Keys to Success

It is not easy to get an accurate dyslexia assessment, so beware of those offering online dyslexia tests and questionnaires. Also, think twice before going to someone that says, “I’ve got the dyslexia test that will determine if your child is dyslexic.” It would be wonderful if it were that easy. [Read more…]

SAT or ACT: How to Choose the Right Test

For years the SAT college entrance exam was “the one and only,” especially on the east coast. This has changed.

Today the ACT is valued just as highly as the SAT. Yet, many students still prefer the SAT because it focuses on reasoning skills and is not based as much on subject matter.

Other students prefer the ACT because it’s more straightforward since the ACT is curriculum based. They’re both challenging tests.

So, how do you decide which one to take and send to the colleges? [Read more…]

Why do some kids struggle in school

Girl Struggles in School.When your child is struggling in school it is one of the most difficult and frustrating experiences for the parent and the child. How many times have I faced a child who tells me that she thinks she is stupid, or tells me how much she hates school, and/or hates her teacher(s).

Many of these children are defiant, act out in class, refuse to do class work and homework. They lie about tests and homework or anything related to school to either make themselves feel better or to get their parents off their backs. [Read more…]

Dr. Linda Answers Your Questions | Parenting Teens with Attitude

Dr. Linda's School Success Q & ADear Dr. Linda,

I read your blog and enjoy your advice, but I’m having trouble with your advice on respecting your child. I’m having trouble with my 15-year-old daughter.

She’s failing most of her classes, is rude to me, her dad, her sister and her teachers. I’ve taken away all privileges and she’s just become more obstinate.

How do I get through to her that her attitude and behavior are unacceptable? [Read more…]

Learning Disabilities Definition (the clinical one)

According to the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fourth Edition, the official learning disabilities definition is as follows:

    “Learning Disorders are diagnosed when the individual’s achievement on individually administered standardized tests in reading, mathematics, or written express is substantially below that expected for age, schooling, and level of intelligence. The learning problems significantly interfere with academic achievement or activities of daily living that require reading, mathematical, or writing skills.” [Read more…]

Tutors: When a Child Needs Extra Help

What do you do if your child is struggling in math and reading but the school says she doesn’t qualify for special help?

Tutoring is a wonderful solution if you can afford it. A qualified, experienced tutor can change a child’s life but only if the tutoring addresses the problem your child is experiencing.

Before parents start paying a tutor, or signing up for after school tutoring at one of the franchises, they need to know why their child is struggling. They need to find the cause of the problem or they can end up wasting a lot of money. [Read more…]