Articles containing: IEP

Summer School: Pros & Cons

May 31, 2017


Brett’s mom was surprised when his second grade teacher recommended that he attend the public school’s summer school program.

Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up

March 10, 2017


We profile two smart young men with slow processing, a learning difference that affects their ability to manage daily tasks in a timely fashion. Dr. Ellen Braaten has expert advice for both parents and children coping with this issue.

Intro To Processing Speed

March 9, 2017


This blog is the first in a two-part series from Dr. Braaten entitled Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a follow-up post, “Coping With Slow Processing Speed At Home And At School.”


Some kids are naturally fast.

What Is A Section 504 Plan?

August 16, 2016


Dan’s mom left her son’s evaluation team meeting at school feeling really frustrated. Dan, an active second grade student, was diagnosed by his psychiatrist with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

What Is An Individualized Education Program (IEP)?

February 23, 2016


Billy was a second grader who was having difficulty reading. He was thus evaluated through his public school system to see if he was eligible to receive special education services. Upon his completion of a series of tests, Billy was identified as having a reading disability; this diagnosis entitled him to special education services.

Pros and Cons of a Private Clinic Versus Public School Evaluation

September 10, 2015


Christopher had a tough third grade year.  He struggled to pay attention, had difficulty reading his assignments, and was never able to finish his homework on time.  At various points throughout the school year, his teacher asked his parents to get him “evaluated”—either through the school system, or through a private clinic.

DSM-5: What Happened to Asperger’s?

April 15, 2015


Billy was an intelligent, 12-year-old boy who excelled at math, and loved Japanese anime.  He could talk incessantly about World of Warcraft, and impressed adults with his knowledge of geography.

What To Know About Getting Your Child SAT/ACT Accommodations

November 4, 2013


The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and the American College Test (ACT) are important tests for students hoping to go to college.  If you have a high school student with a learning disability (such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, disorder of written expression) or ADHD, you might be wondering if they can—or should—receive extended time on tests.