Posts in category Communication

Speech & 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 […]

College Communication Executive-Function Coach

College Communication Executive-Function Coach

Transitioning to college from high school Some college students, at least initially, need additional support services to succeed. Not because they don’t have the academic skills, but because they aren’t able to manage their new independence in addition to academic demands.  A College Communication Executive-Function Coach (CCEFC) helps students learn to manage their lives by […]

Discovering What Works: Managing homework battles

Discovering What Works: Managing homework battles

My daughter is now in the 8th grade. Our “homework battles” are primarily behind us, but not forgotten.  I wish I could say it just took time. That would negate all the wonderful help she’s received.  Managing homework battles takes a thoughtful, comprehensive approach.  It requires perseverance, patience, and sometimes skilled help to address the underlying […]

Homework Battles: What is the problem?

working on homework

Homework battles, whether once a week or every day, fighting your child to complete their homework is a dreaded chore.

Language Acquisition is the Key to Education

Language Acquisition is the Key to Education

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 acquisition pis the key to academic success. We sometimes hear about kids from unlikely backgrounds benefitting from amazing educational opportunities because they have done well in school. […]

Mindblindness vs Context blindness

Replacing the generic term of “mindblindness,” often used to refer to people on the autism spectrum, with a more specific term such as “context blindness” has been proposed by Peter Vermeulen, PhD.   Simon Baron-Cohen created the term “mindblindness,” to refer to the deficit  people on the autism spectrum have in reading others mental states. This term […]

“Your Fantastic Elastic Brain”: Motivating Children and Teens with Speech and Languag...

“Your Fantastic Elastic Brain”: Motivating Children and Teens with Speech and Language Disorders

Struggling to motivate children and teens with speech and language disorders is an  on going concern. Many learn to navigate around their deficit using strategies, but others avoid learning risks at all cost.  In therapy using interests and games is a popular motivator, but using these tools does not teach students how and why they […]

Researching Homework Problems

Researching Homework Problems

Parenting is a hard job.  When your child begins to have difficulties with homework, parents often panic. Is it my fault? What can I do? Our minds, race.

Identifying speech and language challenges

finding the right intervention

Sometimes children and adults come to me using strategies and tools that do not address their learning problem. What is the result? frustration! If your child struggles with homework because of speech and language challenges finding the right help is critical.

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