Browse the Categories Below for Helpful Information
Where Do I Even Start?
If you are concerned about your child and their development, it can feel overwhelming. The good news? You’re not alone. Here are some resources we’ve collected to help you get started.
Understood.org – Personalized Recommendations (Interactive Guide)
Childmind.org – Symptom Checker (Interactive Guide)
Difficult To Stay Organized? (Executive Function)
You may or may not have heard the term Executive Function, but it’s right up there with the ‘big boys’ of the processing disorder world. It’s an all encompassing term for organization and prioritization, memory and time management skills, that can have massive affects on student achievement and mental health. Review these resources for more information on this ever-growing aspect of education.
ChildMind.org – Executive Function (Resource Page)
Smart but Scattered – Dr. Peg Dawson, EdD & Dr. Richard Guare, EdD (Book)
My Child Has Trouble Recognizing and Writing Letters and Numbers
**Should Letters and Numbers be separate?**
If you’ve noticed your child has trouble recognizing symbols like letters and numbers, look at these sites for more information and strategies to help.
Additudemag.org – What is Dyscalculia? (Article)
DyslexiaIDA.org – IDA Dyslexia Handbook: What Every Family Should Know (Downloadable Handbook)
CNN.com – This Is What Reading Is Like If You Have Dyslexia (Article/Simulation)
Struggling to Read
Reading issues are often the first noticed by parents and educators. While this is concerning, it is important to remember this fact: your child can and will learn to read. But it may take some time. Look through these resources to get some useful strategies for improving this skill.
ReadingRockets.org – Children’s Books and Authors (Recommendation Page)
Can't Seem To Sit Still?
You may have noticed your child struggling to sit still, even for a few seconds or minutes. They may fidget, bounce between tasks without finishing, or act out in class or other formal settings. Below are some resources for basic information on attention or overactive issues as well as some strategies for helping your child.
Understood.org – Understanding ADHD (Resource Site)
ChildMind.org – ADHD (Resource Site)
Attention Issues Vs Other Issues
Sometimes issues can mirror one another and make it difficult to discern the proper course of action. Look through the links below for information on the best ways to meet the specific needs of your child.
Understood.org – Learning and Attention Issues Vs Other Issues (Resource Page)
National Center for Learning Disabilities – Understanding Learning and Attention Issues (Article/Research Report)
Sometimes academic or behavioral problems aren’t based in processing disorders at all, but rather a sign of someone struggling with mental health issues. Other times, learning issues and mental health are inextricably connected. Browse the links below for more information on mindfulness and mental well-being, as well as how WCDS is using compassionate learning to increase empathy and empower young students.
WVPB.org – Can Teaching Kids Compassion Change Culture? (Article/Broadcast)
ChildMind.org – Mindfulness (Resource Page)
We've Been Diagnosed - Now What?
You’ve gone on quite a journey to get to this point. A diagnosis can be a scary feeling, often leaving just as many open questions as before. But it is often also a fantastic feeling of relief. Now you have direction, and the next step is to follow up and start making progress with a qualified specialist. This is where we come in.
For more information on the individualized strategies and programming we can offer your child in the Center for Multisensory Learning at Wheeling Country Day School, please contact our Director, Theresa Kowcheck, here.
Tools To Help At Home
At The Center for Multisensory Learning at Wheeling Country Day School, we use these online tools extensively for a variety of students in a variety of ways. Click through and if there are any questions, please contact our director, Theresa Kowcheck, at the following link.
Websites for More Information
Videos and interactive online seminars from some of the leading experts special education.