Posts by Kai Long

Communication Expectations: Language and Race

Statistics document the fact that African American children are disciplined more harshly than their white peers and is the result of different communication expectations. The statistics point out what every parent of color in the US already knows.  Our kids are treated more harshly than their white peers. If you are a parent of color with a child in […]

Please, stop screaming!: ADHD and Aggressive Behavior

ADD and aggressive behavior

I read an article on Understood.org by Kate Kelly ADHD and Aggression: What You Need to Know.  I wish I had read this article on ADD and aggressive behavior earlier in my parenting career because it would have been nice to confirm my personal experiences.   Hitting, throwing objects, screaming, falling on the floor, or refusing […]

Autism: More on categorization

Categorization is often a task that children with high function autism struggle. A study by Church et al.  examined the theory that children with high functioning autism (HFA) may form and recognize categories differently than typically developing children.

Music Instruction Develops Executive Function Skills

Music Instruction Develops Executive Function Skills

My daughter often doesn’t want to practice her instrument, so much of my time and effort has been spent figuring out how to get her to practice her instrument, but I do because music instruction develops executive function skills and will improve other skills like math. Yesterday I  attended a yearly Martin Luther King event […]

“Airplane” not “Mama:” Language Development in Children with Asperger Syn...

“Airplane” not “Mama:” Language Development in Children with Asperger Syndrome

Language development in children with Asperger Syndrome is often typical for verbal language but delayed in language use. “Compared with those affected by other forms of autism spectrum disorders those with Asperger syndrome (AS) do not have significant delays or difficulties in language or cognitive development,” states the “Autism Speak’s” website.  Slow developing non-verbal language skills in children […]

Learning Styles: Are they a Myth?

Learning to learn

We may be required to unlearn what we once thought was true about learning styles. Teachers must ditch ‘neuromyth’ of learning styles, say scientists Sunday 12 March 2017 20.01 EDTLast modified on Sunday 7 May 2017 12.28 EDT Teaching children according to their individual “learning style” does not achieve better results and should be ditched by schools in favour of […]

What did I just read? : The complexity of reading comprehension

I love to read, but what if you read and you don’t understand what you have read. Working with clients to improve reading comprehension is a challenge because reading comprehension relies on many skills including but not limited to vocabulary, grammar, visualization  Often I hear learning specialist say,  that a child is having problems with […]

Speech and Language Deficits Impact Life

Da Vinci's imperfections

Recently the Museum of Science exhibited Leonardo da Vinci’s work.  Recreations of his drawings were made into physical models.  I was struck by his inventiveness and his ability to both write and sell his ideas. His communication strengths were obvious from his displayed writings convincing Ludovico Sforza of Milan to hire him to his elaborate […]

STOP the conversation! No one is listening

STOP the conversation! No one is listening

Where are the conversations? In politics, conversations, where people have differing views, are impossible. People scream at each other. No one is listening to the other side. Democrats are outraged at Republicans.  Republicans push agendas in spite of the public outcries. No one is listening! How do we have conversations that move us toward healing and […]

Language is the Key to Academic Success

Language is the Key to Academic Success

When there’s inequity in learning, it’s usually baked into life, Harvard analysts say. Source: The Costs of Inequality: Education Is the Key to It All – US News Language is the key to academic success. A few students from backgrounds with limited resources do well often because they love reading and in that way acquire the […]

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