Having a learning disability doesn’t just mean that writing is hard, it means it’s hard for a reason. And that reason is brain-based.
Schools are the ideal place to support kids with trauma. Districts can help by incorporating trauma-informed practices into their multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS). By building healthy relationships and creating nurturing environments, educators create space for young brains heal.
With so much competition for a slice of district budgets, how do schools meet ALL needs? Well, the short answer is that they probably can’t, but that doesn’t stop them from trying. And while there may be shortages in staff, there is no shortage of dedicated professionals giving their all to help kids.
Early identification and treatment of dyslexia is highly effective. We've summarized the California Department of Education dyslexia guidelines and offered recommendations for identification and supports.
The goal of a mindfulness practice is to help exercise the skills you need to acknowledge and accept the moment you are in as well as the thoughts, emotions, and feelings you encounter in that moment. No judgment. No trying to ignore them. Just being aware and accepting of all the sensations: physical, mental, and emotional. Mindfulness is an effective tool for every human, and especially beneficial for children with disabilities.
Children need our guidance in developing their social skills. We believe that one of the best ways to teach social skills is to incorporate the tools from Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
We’ve been getting a lot of questions from teachers and Bay Area parents about how to help kids with executive functioning. Weaknesses in executive functioning are often found in both…