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…

Summary of Findings from the President’s Commission on Excellence in Special Education

In 2001, President Bush ordered the creation of the President’s Commission on Excellence in Special Education. The Commission held hearings and meetings throughout the nation and listened to the concerns and comments from parents, teachers, principals, education officials and the public…

Why Can’t My 4th-Grader Write? Part 3

The process of learning to write is complicated.

you have to learn how to form those squiggles on the paper into letters
you have to perceive the sounds in words and associate them with letters to attempt spelling, and
you have to have some picture for what you are trying to say…

Why Can’t My 4th-Grader Write? Part 2

The process of learning to write involves much more than simply learning what a period is and trying to figure out where it goes. It is a multi-faceted job – learning how to actually form the letters on paper, perceiving sounds in words to attempt spelling, and actually outlining their ideas and knowing what they are trying to say. For many students, putting all the pieces together is a struggle…

Why Can’t My 4th-Grader Write? Part 1

The process of learning to write involves much more than simply learning what a period is and trying to figure out where it goes. It is a multi-faceted job – using the hand to form the letters on paper, perceiving sounds in words in order to attempt spelling, and actually outlining ideas and knowing what to say. For many students, putting all the pieces together is a struggle…

Why Handwriting Matters

Recent research is showing that handwriting practice is still viable in the electronic age. Though many view handwriting training as a nostalgic ritual, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) shows that the act of writing is a stimulant to the brain…

ADHD and Sleep Deprivation

A pediatrician I recently spoke to has been finding that many of her patients referred for AD(H)D evaluations are actually sleep deprived…

Long-Term Success

Hearing from former students is always a joy around ALP. A few weeks ago, we received the following email about a young lady who was with us in elementary school. Her school district labeled her as “mentally retarded” before she came to us. Her mother sent us this update:..

Picture This: Comprehension

Most children’s books come with brightly colored pictures to go along with the words. This helps stimulate comprehension for little ones whose understanding of the words may need some backup. As students get older, the number of pictures in books diminishes until adults are left with cover art and not much else…

It’s All About Attitude

Sam has come a long way in a month at ALP. He is a fifth-grader here for visual-verbal integration and some phonemic awareness treatment. He was recommended for about 100 hours of treatment to improve comprehension and word decoding and spelling accuracy…