Working Memory Strategies

processing speed

Dear Melissa, My daughter is in 9th grade. She was tested in 4th grade for Central Auditory Processing and they said she most likely had it but her verbal skills were low so they wouldn’t say conclusively. She has low working memory and slow processing speed. She did Cogmed, but her school test scores were not improved.  I would appreciate

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How to Help a Gifted Student who has Average Processing Speed and Working Memory Skills


I love my son and I want to make sure that he has everything he needs to succeed in school and in life. Last year I had to work hard to get an IEP for him due to articulation problems. Part of the testing included the WISC IV which revealed that his Processing Speed and Working Memory are significantly lower than

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Classroom Accommodations for Learning Differences


Understanding students educational needs and helping create a productive classroom environment is important for both teachers and parents. There are many types of learning challenges and each type requires different accommodations. Some of the most common learning issues are auditory processing (which impacts reading and spelling), visual-motor integration (which impacts processing speed and writing), and ADHD (which impacts attentions and focus). Creating a

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Develop a Growth Mind-Set for Academic Success


Believing that intelligence can grow allows students to learn more, acquire deeper knowledge and do better than students who believe their intelligence is set. Studies by Carol S. Dweck and her colleagues demonstrate that teen depression, creativity and academic achievement are all impacted by individual’s beliefs. Dweck’s research provides guidance for parents who want to instill a growth mind-set in

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Strong Visual Spatial Skills but Struggling to Read


Emma is a hardworking fifth grader who struggles to read. She is clearly bright, so both her parents and teachers wonder why she is not a better reader. Emma’s parents took her for testing to figure out the best way to help her. The testing results showed that Emma has strong verbal comprehension and excellent visual spatial skills. Emma excels in solving

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How much time should be spent on reading intervention?

learning to read

Finding the time to get reading help for your child can be stressful. So parents wonder how often they need to have reading sessions. A common question is, ”Can I do 2 hours once week rather than twice a week for an hour?” Either way it is two hours, so it should be the same, right?   It is the

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How to Build Initiation Skills

The best time to learn is now

Starting a task requires strong initiation skills. Students who struggle to begin their work may have weak executive functioning skills. Initiation of task is a key executive functioning skill and utilizes other executive functioning skills such as planning and organization. Some students who struggle with initiation are overwhelmed by the multiple possible solutions they envision, causing them to get stuck

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Seven Steps to Help Your Beginning Reader

Help your child read

A child who can read is a child who can learn. And a child who can learn is a child who can succeed in school and in life. Secretary of Education, Margaret Spelling. Margaret Spelling reminds us that learning to read is one of the foundations of life success. Learning to read can be challenging for young children. Many parents

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