Discovering Dyslexia

by Marni McNiff

Dyslexia, an impairment in the brain’s ability to translate images received from the eyes and ears into understandable language, is one of the most common learning disabilities in the United States. The National Institutes of Health reports that 60–80% of people with learning disabilities have problems with reading and language skills.

The exact causes of dyslexia are still not known. The International Dyslexia Association’s website states, “the anatomical and brain imagery studies show differences in the way the brain of a dyslexic person develops and functions. Moreover, most people with dyslexia have been found to have problems with identifying the separate speech sounds within a word and/or learning how letters represent those sounds, a key factor in their reading difficulties. Dyslexia is not due to either lack of intelligence or desire to learn; with appropriate teaching methods, dyslexics can learn successfully.”

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Overcoming Challenging Behaviors

By Carol Averbeck, Specialist
All parents find their child’s behavior challenging or confusing from time to time. For those of us with children who happen to have special health needs, this can be especially true. Communication differences, medications and their side effects, sensory differences or developmental delays can make understanding and managing challenging behaviors even more difficult.

Additionally, whether right or wrong, a parent can feel that their child’s behavior is a reflection on them as a parent. When our child is acting negatively, we may question our parenting skills or worry that our friends and family are judging us and our kids.  This adds even more stress to an already stressful situation.

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