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Boys Enjoy Reading Too!: Parents Please Provide the Opportunity

June 20, 2013 in Special Education Articles by Jess

Boys are born with about 100 billion neurons that are waiting for experiences that will build networks between them (Brotherson, 2005). Those neural networks grow when he learns to read, and as he is developing his reading skill into an efficient and enjoyable activity. However, one must also remember, as he is learning to read, that the brain of boys and girls are configured differently. Many boys have highly developed spatial-mechanical processing areas. This allows for abstract reasoning that is necessary for the comprehension of higher levels of math concepts (Gurian & Stevens, 2004). It is also abstract reasoning that is required for understanding humor (Shammi & Stuss, 1998), and boys enjoy books that involve humor (Scholastic, 2012). You might want to try “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” (2-5) (14.99), "Fox at School" and "Horrible Harry in Room 2B” (4-7) (3.59), “Scooby-Doo Scary Carnival Creeps” (4-8) (3.99), “Kid Who Ran for President”(5-12) (4.99) (Scholastic, 2012).  Read the rest of this entry →

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Sumer break is upon us….time to chill out!

May 27, 2013 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

I can’t tell you how many times people ask me what my son is going to do this summer.  My answer is always the same…as little as possible.  I know for some kids, they must always have a daily structured schedule, so this blog does not apply to them.  For those that need structure please see Summer Shock.  For others who have children like my son who have 2-3 hours of homework a day and may be in middle or high school; I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.  This was my son’s first year of middle school and what a difference it was from elementary school.  He worked so hard all year long; he’s told me several times “I can’t wait until school ends so I can do nothing and relax.”  Read the rest of this entry →

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What is Your Child’s Special Education Teacher Reading This Summer?

July 7, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Morgan Kolis

Your child’s special education teacher could be awesome.  She could be a good communicator, an avid blogger, and a great instructor.  He could be intelligent, kind, and caring.

But likely, your child’s special education teacher also has to be self-motivated and a great reader.  Why?  Because a special education teacher can NEVER have enough training.
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