November 02, 2016

Build your child’s empathy

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by Kathy Kuhl         How do we help kids develop empathy? Last week’s blog on how to support friends with children with challenges got me thinking about building empathy in our children and teens. Don’t miss the benefits of your child’s struggle We hate to see our children suffer, but suffering often helps kids […]

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March 22, 2016

Loving a child with challenges: Review of The Book About James

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Review by Kathy Kuhl of The Book About James by Julia Gray – Thoughts from a parent of a child with challenges When you discover you have a child with learning difficulties or any disability, you start on a journey. In The Book about James, Julia Gray frankly shares her story about her life with a son with […]

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February 09, 2016

If I could send my younger self a letter

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By Kathy Kuhl If I could send a letter back to my younger self in 1997, when I started to homeschool, here’s what I’d write: Dear younger me, Greetings from eighteen years from now. Since I remember how anxious we were in 1997, I thought I’d write. (I’m thinking of your shelves of homeschool catalogs–the […]

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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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November 24, 2015

Thankful to whom?

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Everyone talks about feeling grateful this time of year, that is, when we aren’t talking about feasting, football, and all the holiday and food preparation. I’m a Christian, so I appreciate the holiday’s roots, going back to thanking God for our many blessings. I encourage you, and myself, to thank God. There are millions of gifts […]

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November 17, 2015

How a psychologist can help

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By Kathy Kuhl Sometimes our children struggle with learning, behavior, or emotional problems.  Here’s more from my interview with psychologist Dr. Richard Ruth about taking a child to a psychologist. Part 1 is here. KK: How do I know whether to take my child to a psychologist or a neuropsychologist? RR: They offer different points of […]

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September 08, 2015

Finding support as you homeschool kids who learn differently

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by Kathy Kuhl Preparing to homeschool children with special needs? It can be scary. Before we start, we plan special curriculum, therapy, and accommodations for our child’s special needs; draft a schedule, and work out logistics. Whew! But don’t overlook a vital part of your homeschool plan: taking care of yourself. Some of us already […]

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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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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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