Aligning Our Teaching to Meet Your Child’s Learning Style
Lake Michigan Academy Blog
by LakeMichiganAcademyLMA
4M ago
Traditional education is a great fit for many children, but for students with learning differences, including ADD/ADHD, dyscalculia, and Central Auditory Processing Disorder, it can be a chaotic and frustrating environment in which to learn. Large class sizes, a lack of individuation, and a one-size-fits-all curriculum are not conducive to all students. Furthermore, the sensory overload common to the typical school classroom can be distracting for student with learning differences. Why LMA? It’s true that public education has become more welcoming to students with learning differences over the ..read more
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What is Student-Centered Learning?
Lake Michigan Academy Blog
by LakeMichiganAcademyLMA
4M ago
For students with learning differences like ADHD or dyslexia the traditional classroom rarely provides the resources they need to succeed. Student-centered learning, on the other hand, is a tailored approach that puts each individual child in the driver’s seat of their own education—and prepares them for a lifetime of academic and social achievement that would be impossible without the right resources. Lake Michigan Academy is what happens when a team of highly specialized teachers with knowledge in a variety of learning differences come together to provide a specialized approach to learning f ..read more
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Teaching Methods for Students with Dyscalculia
Lake Michigan Academy Blog
by LakeMichiganAcademyLMA
4M ago
Unlike its inverse (dyslexia), dyscalculia is not commonly discussed amongst educators and very rarely represented in media. The result is that this condition remains notoriously misunderstood. Myths and stereotypes abound, with plenty of people mistakenly believing that it is simply “math dyslexia,” or while the reality is more complex. For a child with dyscalculia, math is not just boring: it is fundamentally confusing. They find it difficult to comprehend complex concepts such as large numbers, algebra, and sequences, leading to challenges with more advanced mathematical problems in the lat ..read more
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What is Dyscalculia?
Lake Michigan Academy Blog
by LakeMichiganAcademyLMA
4M ago
Although it wasn’t always so, dyslexia is now quite commonly understood to educators and clinicians. Students presenting with symptoms of dyslexia might struggle with learning guilt and feel insecure about their reading comprehension issues, but most special education schools provide resources that empower and inform both students and their parents. On the other hand, dyslexia’s inverse, dyscalculia, sometimes known as “math dyslexia,” is much less understood. We have a considerable way to go before it becomes de-stigmatized and normalized in classrooms across America. But what is it, and how ..read more
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Differences Between APD/CAPD and ADHD
Lake Michigan Academy Blog
by LakeMichiganAcademyLMA
4M ago
If you have a child with learning difficulties, you’re probably aware by now that there are a lot of acronyms. ADHD, CAPD, LD—and the list goes on! If you struggle to memorize what they all mean, don’t worry: there are often many similarities between the represented disorders, too. This might be discouraging to you, or it might help you keep track of the different disorders we typically work with here at Lake Michigan Academy and in other special education schools. Regardless, we often encounter parents making the transition from traditional to alternative education who have many questions abo ..read more
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Training for Staff Sensitivity to Dyslexia and ADHD
Lake Michigan Academy Blog
by LakeMichiganAcademyLMA
4M ago
Learning differences such as dyslexia and ADHD, despite being incredibly common amongst American children, can be frustrating. For a bright, motivated student who has fallen behind academically, learning guilt can cause a sharp decline in self-esteem and an increase in co-morbidities, including depression, anxiety, speech and language problems, and behavioral issues. While dyslexic students and those with ADD symptoms benefit from a variety of academic accommodations, from individualized education plans (IEPs) to voice-to-print technology, the most important advantage that students with learni ..read more
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Voice-to-Print Tools and Audiobooks
Lake Michigan Academy Blog
by LakeMichiganAcademyLMA
4M ago
For students with dyslexia, learning guilt and shame can be overwhelming. Fortunately, as stigma decreases, and we collectively reach a deeper understanding of how dyslexic brains process language, it is becoming much easier to navigate the unique challenges that this particular learning difference brings—inside the classroom and out. In special education schools, students are given material resources in the classroom that empower them to improve their literacy skills and reading comprehension, no matter what their chronological grade level may be. The Introduction of Voice-to-Print Tools One ..read more
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Addressing ADHD in Teens
Lake Michigan Academy Blog
by LakeMichiganAcademyLMA
4M ago
The CDC reports that an established 6 million American children have been diagnosed ADHD. That’s roughly 9.8% of the population, but unfortunately, many still slip through the cracks and do not receive diagnoses during childhood or adolescence—the crucial years in which intervention can occur. The phenomenon of “late-in-life” diagnoses is a highly gendered one, with women accounting for 3.2% of the adult ADHD population, compared to 5.4% of their male counterparts. This disparity has been speculated to relate to the difference in symptom presentation between the sexes, but it is difficult to k ..read more
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