Learned Helplessness

When we receive calls from parents, we frequently hear them telling us not only about their child’s struggle with academic performance, but also their emotional struggles in the classroom. Frequently comments are made like, “He’s lazy”, or “He is just not trying hard enough.”…

Parental Concerns About Social Skills

Parents often voice concerns about their child’s social skills. One mother described her 7-year-old son as very out-going and social, but he only plays with children several years younger than he is. One father watched his daughter try to socialize with other girls at church but described her interactions as “immature and inappropriate” for her age…

What Homework Time Should Be Like

Everybody with kids in school is back to the homework–dare I call it “grind”? You’ve probably seen a bujillion articles on how to facilitate your child’s homework — Things like:
Set up a special spot –OR– Change up the spot a lot…

The Next Grade Level

Every child is different, but it helps to have an idea about the academic and social skills that should be in place at the beginning of a grade level in school. Let’s take the case of Jeffrey who is right on track for going to 2nd grade.

Jeffrey gets right to work and independently manages his classroom tasks. He understands multi-step directions he hears from the teacher or his parents, and he can read and understand most directions written on the board.

Are We Speech Therapists?

From time to time, people contact ALP asking if we are speech therapists or speech/language pathologists. The simple answer is that we are not.

However, our treatments overlap this field in specific ways. To more fully explain, let’s take a look at speech and language disorders.

R U Serious?

With the average teenager sending about 6 texts per waking hour, it is becoming the most common form of communication, and many fear that it is destroying spelling skills. However, recent research shows that “textese” doesn’t affect traditional spelling in students with high phonological awareness. It is this skill that allows texters to create and decode abbreviations like gr8, 4evr, and 2moro…

Personal Triumph for a Student

When Eilis Leptien began coming to ALP, she hated spelling in school. After 12 weeks of treatment to improve her orthographic processing andphonemic awareness, she doesn’t quite have the same opinion on the subject…

Helping Kids with Visual-Spatial Problems: Measuring, Part 3

Learning about measurement doesn’t have be take the textbook route, but here are some fun books that help introduce the concept to young learners…

Helping Kids with Visual-Spatial Problems: Measuring, Part 2

An important component of measuring is comparison. This pile of laundry is bigger than that one, or the runt is the smallest puppy in the litter.

For youngsters who are still discovering measuring concepts, frequent use of these words is key. As discussed in a previous blog post, kids do not internalize meanings after hearing a word once…

Helping Kids with Visual-Spatial Problems: Measuring, Part 1

Measuring is an integral part of daily life. Whether it’s knowing how many ounces in a cup or if that new rug will fit in the living room or how many servings your bag of dog food holds when you use the bigger scoop, measuring is a valuable skill…