October 12, 2017

Tips for Distractible Moms

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By Kathy Kuhl Whatever the cause of your distraction, these tips can help you stay on target! Be Smart about Smartphones Don’t keep your smartphone next to your bed at night. If you’re worried about missing an important message from kids or other family, turn up the volume. Some smartphones have a “Do not disturb” […]

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October 05, 2017

Reading List October 2017

By Kathy Kuhl      Here’s my reading list for this month—a selection of books and articles (and a few other media) that I’ve enjoyed lately: Books A Different Beautiful: Discovering and Celebrating Beauty in Places You Never Expected, by Courtney Westlake (Free on Kindle). When Courtney’s second child was born, Courtney and her hsuband were […]

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September 28, 2017

Reading without Understanding

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By Kathy Kuhl        “You just read it! Can’t you remember what you read?” We all have days like that. But the answer is always “no,” for some children, teens, and adults. For them, sounding out words from letters on a page is so hard, they have no attention left for holding onto the meaning of […]

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September 21, 2017

Homeschooling in Kindergarten with Special Needs

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by Kathy Kuhl     Can you homeschool a small child with severe disabilities for kindergarten? It’s certainly not for everyone. However, sometimes it’s the best option, and I’ve met several families who’ve done it successfully. There are advantages. You have more flexibility to adapt the schedule than a schoolteacher does. You can devote more time […]

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September 14, 2017

Facing our Fears of Homeschooling

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by Kathy Kuhl Since most families have recently restarted their homeschools this time of year, now is a good time to consider our attitudes.  The start of an academic year usually cheers me up: new books, new tools, a new start. But some kids don’t feel that way. They dread the start of studies. They […]

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September 07, 2017

Help! My Teen is Dyslexic

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by Kathy Kuhl What if you didn’t know your child was dyslexic until they hit high school? This happened to a family I learned about yesterday.  They just discovered that their bilingual high schooler is dyslexic. For years, the experts kept saying, “She’s only struggling with reading because she’s bilingual.” It’s an easy mistake to make, […]

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July 27, 2017

6 Travel tips for distractible kids

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By Kathy Kuhl How do we help our kids when they have to sit and travel? Long times in the car or plane can make anyone restless. It drive kids crazy, especially those who have trouble sitting still. Of course, sitting to travel is not just a summer problem. Children have to sit on the […]

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July 20, 2017

Self-Advocacy Skills for Students with Learning Disabilities

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Review by Kathy Kuhl      Self-Advocacy Skills for Students with Learning Disabilities: Making It Happen in College and Beyond, by Henry B. Reiff, Ph.D. Your child with learning challenges may be going to college. What help will they need? How will they get it? What can help them navigate the system to get available services? […]

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July 13, 2017

Living with Grace: Making the Most of Life

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by Kathy Kuhl Last month a gracious ninety-four-year-old woman was my hostess for nine days. Grace is a neighbor of my daughter. When she heard I was coming to Southern California to help with the new baby, Grace offered me her guest room, rather than let me rent a hotel room or sleep on my […]

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June 22, 2017

Why Freshman Fail and How to Avoid It! – Review of Carol Reynolds’ book

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by Kathy Kuhl Every summer, families celebrate graduations and prepare to send students off to college. Every year, some freshmen drop out of college. No one likes to think about it. We prepare for college life, buying bedding and fans, computers and electronics, cleaning supplies and posters. But what worries us most is the thing […]

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