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Five Fun and Educational Volcano Actitivies

Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980, thirty-five years ago this week. In honor of the eruption, below are five fun and educational volcano activities to share with your kids this summer. Fun Summer Learning Activity #1 Be a History Sleuth Even if you were not […]

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Is Alternative Education Right for Your Child?

If you did not fit into the traditional public or private school setting growing up, you were likely forced to adapt your learning style, learning preferences and interests to fit the educational system.  Alternative education was probably not considered.  In fact, you may have thought it was […]

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Is Your Child Getting the Right IEP or 504 Accommodations?

Every student is unique so it may make take time and creative thinking to find the accommodations that best support your child. Your child’s IEP or 504 team should generate ideas on accommodations that support your child. As a key member of your child’s IEP or 504 […]

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Help Your Child Deal with Another Bad Report Card

If third quarter progress reports reflect another difficult school session, you need to stop and consider the impact this is having on you and your child. Chronically poor performance in school makes report card time painful and discouraging, so as the parent, you need to prepare for […]

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What is the Smarter Balanced Assessment?

For the first time this year, Washington State public school students will be taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment to measure their acquired learning against the new Common Core State Standards. As a parent, you need some background information on both the standards and the test. Integrating the […]

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Why Your Child Needs Summer Learning

The U.S. is currently ranked 14th internationally in education. There is ongoing debate in our nation over eliminating the traditional summer vacation to extend student learning in order to help our children be more competitive in the global economy. When the nine month school year was first […]

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The Learning Habit Study, Part 3: Parenting Style

Parenting Style and Academic Performance The Learning Habit Studyis a large online survey that took responses from 21,145 families and at looked at the impact of three variables on children’s academic success: screen time, family time, and parenting style.  In this series of blog posts, we will […]

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How to Deal with a Difficult High School Teacher

A difficult high school teacher may be a challenge and learning opportunity you and your teen will face together.  In high school, especially a large public high school, your teen may not be permitted to switch out of a class that has a difficult teacher so adaptation becomes their […]

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The Learning Habit Study, Part 2: Family Time

Family Time’s Influence on Academic Performance The Learning Habit Study is a large online survey that took responses from 21,145 families and at looked at the impact of three variables on children’s academic success: screen time,family time, and parenting style.  In this series of blog posts, we will […]

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Is Your Child Gifted?

There is no standard psychological definition for giftedness.  This ambiguity can leave you to navigate the question alone, but navigate you must – as a gifted child may not fit well into a traditional school environment. To help, the following checklist is from the Minnesota Council for the […]

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Autism vs. Awesome-ism©
By Dr. Melodee Loshbaugh, Co-founder & Executive Director of Brock’s Academy, Woodinville, WA

>What if we decided to just open our minds and see things from a wider, more diverse perspective?

>What if we didn't easily label and categorize people that we perceive to be different than us?

>What if we learned to think about people and differences as not right or wrong, but just different gifts?

>What if we fully believed and accepted that there is, and always has been, neurodiversity (i.e. cognitive differences) in the world?

>What if we accepted that neurodiversity is a brilliant achievement of Mother Nature?

>What if we entered each day believing each one of us is uniquely created and here to serve a higher purpose?

>What if we believed our job is to support one another in achieving that higher purpose?

>What if our differences are here to teach us appreciation, compassion, acceptance and to challenge us to stay open to all?

>What would that be like? # # #

Ryan, a 14-year old autistic student, writes:
>Meet me where I am.
>Stop trying to fix me. I don’t try to fix you.
>See my gifts, talents and strengths, not things you think I should have; see the “me” I was born with.
>Learn from me. Sit with me. Try to see the world from my perspective.
>Love me unconditionally and find ways to support me in what I came here to contribute to the world.
>Appreciate me.
>Just because I am experiencing the world in a different way than you are doesn’t mean it’s wrong, so stop judging me.
>I am me and I am beautiful.
>I am happy and I am whole. # # #

Copyright 2017—Dr. Melodee Loshbaugh
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