August 02, 2018

Learning the Art of Thinking: Review of Alan Jacobs’ book, How to Think

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by Kathy Kuhl     How do you recommend a book called How to Think: A Survival Guide for A World at Odds, without insulting your readers? Author Alan Jacobs recommends saying, “I’m sure you know someone who could benefit from this book.” And I’m sure you do. Why am I reviewing a book on thinking, […]

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June 28, 2018

Summer Holidays: Fun, fizzle, or flame out?

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By Kathy Kuhl     For most families, thoughts of a summer holiday–with family picnics, parades, fireworks, and other patriotic celebrations–are happy thoughts. But for some of us with kids who learn differently, they are times of stress. Are you longing for fireworks without emotional fireworks? Cookouts without meltdowns? Parades without panic? Manage your hopes You […]

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June 21, 2018

Tech Tools to Help Students Overcome Learning Challenges

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Who can keep track of all the new tricks your computer, tablet, or phone can do? Who can keep up with all the apps in Google Play or the App Store? When you add tracking new accessibility features on top of teaching children or teens with learning challenges or other special needs, it’s hard. But […]

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January 19, 2016

How to read faces: a vital skill for your child

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By Kathy Kuhl Some children with learning challenges are highly attuned to emotion and can read faces with ease. For other children (and adults, for that matter), faces speak in a code they cannot break. But almost all of us—adults, teens, and children—can improve our ability to read faces. Teens in particular struggle to read […]

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December 15, 2015

Distractibility, the Christmas tree, and me

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By Kathy Kuhl [Note below about last week’s prize winners.] Who isn’t distracted this time of year? Lovely ornaments, music, delicious foods—but more to do, too. It’s an especially tough time for our children and teens who are distractible or who have sensory processing difficulties: the intensity can be overwhelming. When he was small, my […]

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October 27, 2015

Understanding what learning disabilities feel like

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Special web tools and videos to help you and your family understand your child’s challenges By Kathy Kuhl October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month. It’s also ADHD Awareness Month. And with just a few days left, I didn’t want you to miss the special opportunities you have to learn more about challenges your child may […]

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July 02, 2015

Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships: Book review

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Review by Kathy Kuhl The Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships: Decoding Social Mysteries through the Unique Perspectives of Autism by Temple Grandin and Sean Barron. 383 pages. Future Horizons. We all know people who need help learning how to get along with others. Dr. Temple Grandin and Sean Barron, two very different successful adults with […]

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May 26, 2015

Strangers: how should your child respond?

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By Kathy Kuhl A scary video on Facebook launched a good conversation, for once. It showed an experiment repeated with several children. A stranger with puppy approached a child at a playground, chatted, let the child pet the puppy, and invited the child “to come see the other puppies.” In each case, the parents had […]

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February 03, 2015

Harnessing a passion for cartoons: a review of Life, Animated

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Review of Ron Suskind’s Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism Audiobook read by Ron and Owen Suskind Review by Kathy Kuhl Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism is a revealing portrait worth the time of anyone interested in family and communication. In the first chapter, “Growing Backward,” author Ron […]

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October 08, 2014

Secrets of Social Success

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(Part 3 on finding the right extra-curricular activities) By Kathy Kuhl Last time, I wrote about helping your child with learning challenges get ready for their new group (a club, scouts, choir, or the like.) But for some kids, getting the work done and getting the gear together is the easy part. It’s the social […]

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