Study Finds Cognitive Training to Still Be Effective 10 Years After Completion

According to a study supported by the National Institute of Health training to improve cognitive abilities in older people lasted in some degree 10 years after the program was completed.

Commit-yourself-to-lifelong-learningThe results were particularly strong in correlation with those who receive training in reasoning and processing speed. The study suggests we should continue to pursue cognitive training as an intervention that might help maintain the mental abilities of older people so they can remain independent and active in their communities. This study proves it´s never too late to improve your cognitive abilities.

Click here to read the entire article about this study http://www.nia.nih.gov/newsroom/2014/01/cognitive-training-shows-staying-power

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FREE Report Shows Parents How to Get Accommodations for STAAR Test

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Learning Foundations, a San Antonio based learning and diagnostic center produced a Special Report showing parents how to get accommodations for their child’s STAAR Test.  You can claim it by visiting www.FreeParentInformation.com/STAAR

Parents, kids and teachers in San Antonio schools reported large amounts of stress last year due to the new STAAR test.

For the 30% of children who are struggling in school, the outcome of the test could be the difference between passing the year or having their self-esteem crushed by being held back.

If you are dreading this year’s STAAR Test as much as your child, this Free Report will be a breath of fresh air.

This Free Report will teach you:

  1. How to navigate through the complicated process of getting accommodations for your child.
  2. What is the “Accommodations Triangle” and how you can use it to your child’s advantage.
  3. Who you need to talk to at school to get these accommodations.
  4. When is the best time to ask for accommodations.
  5. Which accommodations will be helpful for your child.
  6. Why classroom and testing accommodations by themselves will NEVER fix a learning problem.

To claim your Free Copy of this Special Report: “The Inside Scoop on the STAAR Test” and get started on the road to fix your child’s test taking and learning challenges, simply visit www.FreeParentInformation.com and fill out the Contact Form on the top.  You should receive an email with the Report along with the attached forms to print out and take to the school.

Accommodations and classroom modifications are good temporary measures, but they are never a substitute to individualized intervention.  Find out the REAL reason why your smart child or teen is struggling in school.  Attend a FREE Parent Information Seminar on Tuesday night.  Click here to RSVP.

San Antonio Parent Reveals Shocking Conversation with School District

San Antonio Parent Reveals Shocking Conversation with School District

This was in an email that I received from a concerned parent whose child has dyslexia. She has tried to go through all of hoops that the school has given her in order to get the proper help for her child. She is almost in Middle School and have not taken any steps yet to identify a problem that has been going on since 1st Grade:

My, has it been overwhelming dealing with a broken school system. We were scheduled to have an RTI meeting to close out on Tier 3 on Wednsday but to no surprise i was not contacted til late afternoon on Tuesday that it had been cancelled. The counselor apologized stating that it was an oversight. We still did have a 504 meeting to discuss accomodations based on her ADD. Boy am I frustrated!!! i contacted the dyslexia coordinator myself and talked with her im expecting to hear back from her soon as to what she thinks about the school results and the report from Leslie. : ) I have decided that my next step is to contact the superintendent and media if needed. Its no holds barred for me at this point especially after the counselor told me that they would just test her for special ed. after our next RTI meeting. He also said that when they do that testing they have 90 days to do it so that puts us in the month of April. (almost end up school year) The ending of the counselors talk was “hopefully we should be able to figure something out by the time she is leaving us for middle school” Who says this! I was floored and composed myself long enough to get to my car and cry my eyes out. I am just dumbfounded at the schools inablility to understand that my baby girl needs help. They just don’t care is how i feel.

What parents have to go through to get help from the school system is just not fair! I understand that schools need to have procedures, and that they have a limited budget. I also know that there are hundreds of frustrated teachers out there who want to help, but can’t. It’s about time that administrators are honest and frank with parents so that they can get the help they need elsewhere, if the school cannot provide it. Have you had a similar experience with your child’s school?

If this has been your experience, you are NOT alone.

Visit www.learningfoundations.com/parents  or call (210) 495-2626 to see how you can get help for your struggling child.

Groundbreaking Documentary “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia” Premieres on HBO

Groundbreaking Documentary “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia” Premiere on HBO

“Had I seen this movie when Dylan was functionally illiterate in 4th grade, I would have been spared an extraordinary amount of anxiety about the future.”
– James Redford, Director

On Monday, October 29th at 7:00 P.M. (CST), HBO will debut the groundbreaking documentary “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia”.  

The film features renowned dyslexia expert Dr. Sally Shaywitz from the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity. It also includes interviews with successful dyslexics such as Virgin’s Richard Branson, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and financial guru Charles Schwab.

Director James Redford (son of actor Robert Redford) came up with the idea for this film after seeing his son Dylan, a dyslexic, struggle in school despite being a bright child. By conservative estimates, between 15-20% of the population is dyslexic, and like Dylan are often misunderstood as lazy, dumb or slow.  At the age of 10, Dylan was barely able to read and write.  School was incredibly frustrating for him, as it is with most kids and teens with dyslexia.  He is also a creative, innovative, big picture thinker with exceptional people skills.

The film does a great job at shedding light on the source of dyslexia, the brain. More than 70 years of brain research show that dyslexia is a neurological issue, not a character flaw, and definitely NOT a euphemism for slow, dumb or lazy. While dyslexia poses a struggle with the written word, it is by no means something they just have to “deal with”.

Thanks to years of research, and the advocacy of Drs. Sally and Bennet Shaywitz, this film also provides a beacon of light for parents and children with dyslexia. In her groundbreaking book “Overcoming Dyslexia”,  Dr. Shaywitz not only explains the origin of dyslexia, but also gives practical ways to teach a student with dyslexia how to read and write.

If you watch this movie, and you feel like it is describing either you, your children or someone you know, here’s how to take action.  The first step to finding out whether you or your child has dyslexia is to visit www.learningfoundations.com/dyslexia download our Dyslexia Checklist and watch our web video “Could it Be Dyslexia?”.

The next step is to consult a dyslexia expert on how to get tested for dyslexia to find out what steps need to be taken to fix the problem.  

Call (210) 495-2626 for a Free Consultation.

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Dyslexia is a lifelong issue, and improving reading and writing skills is not a quick and easy fix, but it is one that can change your child’s life.

What dyslexia and ADHD look like in adults and college students.

This PBS special titled “Headstrong: Inside the Hidden World of Dyslexia and ADHD” uncovers the hidden disability of dyslexia and ADHD.  Adults, high school and college students talk about what it’s like to live, learn and work with a learning disability.  These stories inspire us to take action and become advocates for those smart people with learning differences.

If you live in San Antonio, and you suspect that you or your child may have a learning disability, contact us at info@learningfoundations.com or call (210) 495 – 2626 to get help.

Why your smart 3rd grader still can’t read

Do you ask yourself why your child is so smart, yet still can’t read?

A new school year is underway, and I’m already hearing horror stories from parents.  They hoped this year would be a fresh start for their child, but it’s only September and they are ready to pull their hair out in desperation.

 Does the rest of the year have to be this way?

I have heard this story many times, but parents feel so alone when it’s happening in their family.  It is the story of the dyslexic child, and it is more common than you think.

A parent recently shared her concerns about her 7 year old boy:

She noticed the problem since kindergarten, but nobody believed her.  His teacher said he would “grow out of it”.  Her husband said she worried too much; he was just being lazy.  In 1st grade he could guess at some words and understand the big picture, but would skip the small words like ‘to’, ‘at’, ‘a’, and ‘the’. He was a master Lego builder, but couldn’t tie his shoes.

It takes him hours to memorize his spelling words, only to misspell them in sentences the next day.  He is creative, has a wonderful personality and is incredibly curious (“He could watch the Discovery Channel for hours!”), but his younger sister helps him with homework sometimes.  All this makes him a very confused, frustrated and embarrassed little boy.

I may be describing your child, AND his father, AND his grandmother!  Dyslexia is a hereditary trait and is often present in the family tree.  It is common to hear parents describe how grandma would put words in the wrong order and laugh it off by saying “Oh, you know what I mean!”  Of course, it was never diagnosed back then…so nobody suspected it was dyslexia.

It breaks my heart to hear these stories.  For 20% of students, the first 6 weeks of school are progressively difficult.  That’s because they have a learning problem (often un-diagnosed) that makes reading, spelling and writing much harder than it should be.

For these students, school is an endless nightmare of “playing a game they can’t win.”  For parents it is a frustrating, guilt ridden, seemingly never ending search for answers.

The great myth about dyslexia is that dyslexics can never learn to read or write, and are destined to fail.  The truth is dyslexic children are usually of average to above average intelligence.  They are gifted visual-spatial thinkers, creative, empathetic and artistic.

They simply can’t learn to read, spell or write the same way that other children do.  But they CAN learn. They just have to be taught differently.

THE GOOD NEWS IS that ANYONE CAN LEARN TO READ AND SPELL.  If you suspect your child may be dyslexic, get him evaluated as soon as possible.  With an Orton-Gillingham based program, your child can learn how to read, spell and write as well as his peers. It is not a quick fix, but giving your child his smile back is well worth the wait.

Read about common warning signs for dyslexia at www.learningfoundations.us/dyslexia

Dyslexia Myth Debunked: does NOT make you “See Things Backwards”

Dyslexia Myth Debunked: does NOT make you “See Things Backwards”

“Everybody is interested in understanding the root cause of dyslexia, so we can intervene early and do something about it,”   – John Gabrieli; Neuroscientist at Massachussets Institute of Technology.

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that adults with dyslexia not only have a hard time reading, but also recognizing voices.

  • Dyslexia is thought to affect between 15-20% of Americans, who can have difficulty reading and writing.  It is a language based condition and is NOT associated with low IQ or vision problems.  In fact, dyslexics tend to have superior visualization skills, and average to above average intelligence.
  • People with dyslexia struggle with “phonological processing” which is the ability to distinguish and manipulate sounds such as /b//a//t/ and blend them to form a word “bat”.
  • Research has shown that children who have good “phonological processing” will be better readers.  This can be identified at a very early age, and can be a predictor of dyslexia.

Children with dyslexia can be identified as early as 6 years old.  Because it is a hereditary condition, if a family member has dyslexia, it is possible that your struggling child may also be dyslexic.  Take our “Dyslexia Warning Signs” checklist and watch our free web video “Could it Be Dyslexia?” to find out if your child may have dyslexia.  Dyslexic students CAN learn to read and write when detected early.  Give us a call at (210) 495-2626 or email info@learningfoundations.com to find out how to get help for your child or loved one.