I never saw an executive function

In the field of learning disabilities there is a lot of talk about executive function.  The NCLD has a whole page about it.  It involves Executive function is a set of mental processes that helps connect past experience with present action. People use it to perform activities such as planning, organizing, strategizing, paying attention to […]

Accommodations at home

In previous posts I’ve looked at accommodations at work and at school and I’ve asked “who are they accommodating?” Now, accommodations at home for people with nonverbal learning disorder.

Accommodations: Who are they acccommodating?

In this post I discussed accommodations at school; in this one – accommodations at work; in a future post I will discuss accommodations at home. But today, I want to discuss a more general question: Who are they accommodating?

Academic, social or behavioral? Can they be separated?

School age children with learning disabilities often have difficulties. Sometimes, people (teachers, parents, administrators, psychologists, the kids themselves) try to divide the problems into academic, social and behavioral.  Maybe this is sometimes useful, but often, it’s a false division. All three play into each other in a sort of vicious circle; and the start of […]

Hey kid! Don’t freak out!

So, you’re sitting in class and your teacher is bugging you and your classmates are bugging you and when you get home your parents will be bugging you  and pretty much the whole darn world is bugging you. What to do? Well, I’ve been there and done that, about 40 years ago. I’ve cursed at […]

Not the “right” label but the “best fitting” label

Labels. The special education world is just chock full of labels. Sometimes these labels are used strictly for funding purposes – such labels are often drawn directly out of the latest DSM and correspond to some diagnosis listed there. But other labels are used to help people (parents, teachers, administrators and – oh my! – […]

Surpise! Some of us don’t like surprises

In the post holiday period I got to thinking about surprises.  I think there are two sorts of surprises. One is the “expected surprise” which is not the oxymoron it sounds like. The other is the unexpected surprise.

Getting kids to accept accommodations

In my history, accommodations were never an issue. I wasn’t offered any. But these days things are different. Many children get accommodations. But some refuse to take what is offered. They don’t want to appear different. Or they view it as cheating. I’ve got some thoughts on getting kids to accept accommodations.

Thoughts on Peter Riffle’s keynote address at the New Jersey LDA meeting

In this post I gave my general impressions of the recent meeting of the New Jersey LDA. Now, I’d like to write a little about Peter Riffle, especially his keynote address. Peter Riffle is a teacher of learning disabled kids. He also is learning disabled himself (he has dyslexia). And he’s a great speaker.

Disabilities and inconveniences

Disabilities can certainly be inconvenient.  In fact, you might even say that if something isn’t inconvenient it isn’t a disability. But disabilities aren’t just inconvenient and many inconveniences aren’t disabilities. What are the similarities and differences?