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A 2nd Grade Success Story

Here’s an exciting letter from the mother of a 2nd grader who attended ALP from mid-February to mid-May 2013. His success with the MAP testing at school sure makes us proud of him! He worked hard and achieved much…

Dysgraphia – Part 4

We’ve looked at three reasons why writing skills don’t develop as they should. Remember Tim, the first grader who struggled to process spatial information so he “melted down” over tasks that required writing on paper? Then there was Sophie. She had a phonological processing deficit, or dyslexia, that made spelling accuracy a “hit or miss” proposition…

Dysgraphia – Part 3

Dysgraphia – “difficulty writing”. Remember Tim and Sophie? Tim was the first grader with the visual-spatial processing deficit making it hard for him to write legibly, and Sophie was the 4th grader with dyslexia who couldn’t spell very well so “hated” to write…

Dysgraphia – Part 2

Remember Tim? He’s the little first grader with a visual-spatial processing deficit making it hard for him to develop writing skills. He had a form of dysgraphia – difficulty writing. In this article I want to describe another child with a form of dysgraphia. Sophie was in 4th grade when we started working with her. She was behind in reading and “hated to write”…

Dysgraphia – Part 1

Does your child struggle with writing? Do you suspect she has dysgraphia? There are several reasons why children fail to develop good writing skills, and it might take a little digging to figure out which one is giving your child fits when it comes to getting her thoughts down on paper…

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.