ABOUT LEARNING DIFFERENCES

A learning difference is a neurological disorder. It is not a condition of childhood, but a lifelong issue.  However, with the right support and intervention, children with learning differences can have a positive academic experience in school and enjoy successful, often distinguished, careers.


Educational therapy is a process that combines an understanding of how individuals learn with a knowledge of specialized instructional methods.  The goals of educational therapy are to improve the learning process and to develop effective individualized learning strategies.



Some useful links…


AET On Line

The Association of Educational Therapists is the national association for educational therapists. AET defines and sets standards for the professional practice of educational

therapy.


All Kinds of Minds

Founded by Dr. Mel Levine, All Kinds of Minds is based on a neurodevelopmental approach to learning, and provides research based information about how children learn in order to help struggling students become more successful learners.


CHADD (Children and Adults with ADHD) of Northern California

An outstanding resource for people in the Bay Area affected by ADHD. CHADD provides valuable information on education, advocacy and support for children and adults with ADHD .


Community Alliance for Special Education

Community Alliance for Special Education (CASE)  provides an array of services from consultations on special education rights and parent training in advocacy to direct representation at Individual Education Programs (IEP) meetings.  Located in San Francisco, CASE is a fantastic resource for parents of children with learning differences.


Dyslexiaville

This free website provides videos and activities designed for dyslexic children age 5 to 12.


Eye to Eye

A mentoring organization that  offers an empowering curriculum and pairs college students and elementary students with specific learning disabilities. They have chapters throughout the country.


Headstrong Nation

An excellent resource for adults with dyslexia and parents of dyslexic children.


The International Dyslexia Association

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) promotes effective teaching approaches and related clinical educational intervention strategies for people with dyslexia. They have an excellent online bookstore and a free e-newsletter.


It Takes A Village

It Takes a Village is a wonderful education and support group for parents of Mill Valley School District students (K-8) with learning challenges. It was featured in an article in Marin Magazine in March 2008.


LD Online

This website is a good source of information about learning differences and related issues including ADHD.


Learning Ally

Formerly Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic, Learning Ally serves K-college students and adults with visual impairment or dyslexia. This wonderful organization boasts a collection of more than 75,000 digitally recorded textbooks and literature titles to help make learning accessible to the blind and dyslexic.


Matrix Parent Network and Resource Center

Matrix Parent Network and Resource Center is a non-profit organization that serves families of children with special needs in Marin County. Matrix can help you navigate the educational system to make sure your child is receiving the appropriate educational services.  Matrix is a valuable resource for understanding and negotiating Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).


MindShift

MindShift examines the future of learning in all its dimensions including how the brain works, poverty and inequities, social and emotional practices, assessments, digital games, design thinking and music, among many other topics. They report on shifts in educational practices and provide innovative ideas to help students learn. You can sign up for free weekly articles.


National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) Education Network

NCLD focuses on policy and advocacy to address dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities. Their website is a good source of information about brain science, dyslexia and other learning issues.


Parents Education Network

PEN offers conferences, lectures, and events on dyslexia and other learning differences in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their annual conference, Education Revolution (www.edrevsf.org) held every April, at AT&T Park, is outstanding.


Student Advisors for Education (SAFE)

SAFE is the student arm of PEN. They have meetings for middle and high school students in the Bay Area and they also speak at conferences and schools.


Schwab Learning (Great Schools)

This website is an informative guide for parents and educators about helping students with learning differences.


Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities

Dedicated to helping the parents of children with learning differences and ADHD. They provide excellent content on  issues related to dyslexia.


Understood

This is an excellent resource to help parents of children with learning and/or attention issues. Understood provides helpful information on state-of-the-art technology, as well as personalized resources, free daily access to experts, a secure online community, and practical tips to assist parents in helping their child reach his or her full potential. You can also sign up for their free weekly newsletter.


The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity

A wonderful website for parents, educators and kids to learn about dyslexia. Founded by Bennett and Sally Shaywitz, it emphasizes the strengths seen in people with dyslexia.







 
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