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School Toy Story

Posted on 3/29/2018

Hi, I have a question regarding my almost 7 year old daughter. Last year she got kicked out of kindergarten after 3 suspensions in the first few months of school. She was then sent to a...

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Toddler communicates by grunting, whining, and pointing.

Posted on 12/25/2017

Hello, my 27 month old has a speech delay and is currently in speech therapy. We are using sign language to help communicate. He becomes easily frustrated when we can’t understand what he’s...

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Calm Down Please!

Posted on 9/12/2017

My daughter is now 8 1/2 - through the years I have written to you about her personality - last year she was diagnosed with Dyslexia - which has explained where the low self esteem has come from....

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What to do about testing?

Posted on 5/21/2017

((This question is in response to a previous question which was not helpful to us. Hopefully the additional information that we've provided will help you to better understand.)) > Our 8 year old...

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Immature Teen Has Cursing Problems

Posted on 1/18/2017

We have an immature 16-year-old with a potty mouth. This son of ours has mental delays as well. Strikes us as closer to 12 or so mentally. We have ten children, some adopted with handicaps. This...

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ADD/ADHD controversy.

Posted on 10/26/2016

I have a 10 year old daughter and 8 year old son. We had my daughter tested this summer for a suspected learning difference. She struggles with reading and comprehension. My husband has...

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14-year-old homework hassles

Posted on 8/19/2016

My son is 14 and has ADHD. He takes medication daily since Kindergarten. He has trouble focusing in school. He constantly has missing assignments and claims he has no homework. The teachers do a...

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3 year old : Techniques appropriate for special needs?

Posted on 5/23/2013

I'm a pediatric speech-language pathologist and I frequently recommend John's books to my patients' parents. Many of my patients have some degree of cognitive impairment due to Down Syndrome,...

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8 year old Learning Disabilities

Posted on 7/19/2011

John, we have many of your books and have heard you speak at "Flying Eagles" business conferences. Learning struggles is our issue. At the end of 1st grade my son's teacher and I discussed my...

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Smart Board 2

Posted on 10/11/2010

I was a little concerned about my 8 year old's handwriting (shes homeschooled) until I saw my 12 yr old nieces' homework, this past weekend.I have little to compare our children's work to, yet I...

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learning disabilities & homework

Posted on 9/6/2006

I have read Ending the Homework Hassle and Ritalin is Not the Answer and have been applying the advice for my 5th grader with great succcess. However, I am disappointed to find that both stop...

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