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What if it’s not ADHD?

Marty walks around the classroom, daydreams instead of listens, and turns in half-finished assignments if he turns them in at all. He gets off the school bus, runs to the house, through the door, up the stairs, to his bedroom and immediately whips out the video games....

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What is ADHD anyway?

According to the American Psychiatric Association, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder. A study conducted by the Center for Disease Control between 2012 and 2014 found that over 10% of American children ages 5 – 17 have...

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Is it Dyslexia or Something Else?

Is it Dyslexia or Something Else? Jeremy is in 8th grade and hates reading. He is the slowest reader in his class and is embarrassed to read out loud. He always has to read and re-read chapters in his textbooks to make sense of the information and to retain it -...

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Microschools: A Contemporary Twist on Education

What are microschools?   Microschools are the contemporary cousin of the one-room schoolhouse -  a true alternative learning experience. Microschools come in all sizes--with as few as 5 students up to 150. There’s never more than 15 in a class, an inviting...

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Why Can’t My Child Follow Directions?

Jennifer’s teacher is concerned with her performance in school. She seems to be in her own little world during class. When called on, she responds by asking for the question to be repeated or saying she can’t remember the answer, even though the answer was just given...

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What to Do When My Child is Not “Getting” Math?

Cooper gets very frustrated while doing his math homework. He has to do every problem more than once and still gets most of them wrong. He begins to call himself “stupid” and his distress brings him to tears. Cooper tries so hard but he doesn’t seem to be making...

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Love is the Solution

If you heard that I am a language arts tutor/teacher at SailAway Learning, chances are high that a few specific ideas would jump to mind. You would likely imagine that I am a grammar stickler, that I believe clear communication to be vitally important, and you have...

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Why Is My Smart Kid Failing?

Jackson had always been a bright child. He said his first words at nine months and was speaking in full sentences by eighteen months. His communication was prolific, and he developed normally, even slightly ahead of the curve. Now, when Tricia receives his report...

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