Education and Learning Disabilities

With 2E kids, should we treat the gift or the deficit or both?

Children who are twice exceptional (2E) by definition have areas of great strength (gifts) and areas of great weakness (deficits).  The traditional model, inasmuch as there was one at all, was to treat only the deficits, figuring that the gifts would take care of themselves. This ignored the fact that the gifts often made the […]

Big school, small school, home school?

When trying to find a good school for a child with learning disabilities (particularly NVLD), one decision is mainstream vs. special education. I talked about that in an earlier post: Drowning in the Mainstream. But another decision, particularly if you decide against special education, is the size of the school. Clearly, schools vary in size […]

Teachers: Don’t make the child the bearer of bad news

  Poor report cards, requests for a meeting, notices of problems in the classroom …. These happen.  Sometimes, teachers need to communicate bad news to parents.  Communication is good, even if it’s about problems.  But, all too often, the children have to take the bad news home to their parents.  This is a bad idea. […]

Living with a Learning Disability

NVLD and other disabilities

Question: How does nonverbal learning disability differ from other disabilities? My answer: In what we are disabled about. The differences with physical disabilities are pretty clear, so I won’t go into them. Perhaps the condition we are closest to (whether you regard it as a disability or not) is autism or the autism ballpark. But […]