Dealing with relatives who don’t believe in learning differences

The holidays are approaching – a time for families to gather around the dinner table and catch up with all that has occurred in our lives over the year. More often than not, one of those relatives will question your child’s learning difference. “Does your child really have a learning difference? Dyslexia/ADHD don’t really exist. Wouldn’t it be better to just push your child harder or use more disciplinary measures?”
How do you keep the peace during the holidays while dealing with such questions? This article might help: http://www.partnerstx.org/dealing-with-relatives

Shift the focus for students

Chris Ulmer, a special education teacher, has been experimenting with a rather unorthodox teaching method. “I consider it my job to reverse this psychological hardwiring and build up their esteem. Simple reminders of their positive attributes shifts student focus from what they can’t do to what they can do.” Read about his methods here:

Standardized testing

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I made this graphic a year or two ago. Apparently a lot of you agree with what it says because I keep seeing it on other feeds and websites for companies, organizations and individuals! It’s particularly timely as my sister and I are preparing to take 11 more standardized tests within the next five months!