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Thankful for You – The Persistent Parent!

Recently the mom of one of our former students emailed me and said, “We are still so grateful for all that Donovan learned from attending the learning center.  He just thanked me a few weeks ago for sending him to the Stowell Learning Center.”  How cool is that? If you are a parent trying to…
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My Child’s Spelling is Atrocious. What Does it Mean?

I have some avid game players in my extended family, so when we get together for the holidays, we play all kinds of games, particularly word games, of which my mom is a wizard! For a dyslexic child or adult, word games can be an absolute nightmare. I met a neurosurgeon once who shared with…
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DYSLEXIA or ADHD?

We recently tested two boys with very similar learning strengths and challenges.  In testing, they both had good attention, but one became squirmy in his chair whenever he had to read. The squirmy little guy had been diagnosed with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder without Hyperactivity).  He was never a problem in class, but was reported…
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Fooled You!

I remember playing Hide-and-Seek as a kid. Our very best games were down at the state park by the beach because there were lots of fun places to hide.  We got such delight out of fooling our friends with a really great hiding place. In the right context, hiding can be fun.  But hiding your…
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The Real Reason Behind Poor Motivation or Lack of Confidence in Students

What Came First?  The Chicken or the Egg?  I think lack of confidence and motivation in students comes down to this kind of question. “If my son were more motivated, he would do fine in school.” “I think she just lacks confidence.  That’s why she takes so long to do homework.  She’s afraid to do…
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Augh!!! My Teacher Talks Too Fast!

What does horse racing have to do with people talking too fast?  Nothing really, but I wonder if that’s what it feels like to students with slow processing speed.  Race horses fly by in a blur. What would school be like if words flew by you in a blur? Students with learning challenges sometimes feel…
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