Summer Reading Plans

As we have come to the end of the traditional school year, which has been anything but traditional this year, I have started to think about how to continue the learning into the summer.   I have a reluctant reader so it is not easy to get her to pick up a book over the summer – creativity is required.   I came across this interesting idea of reading bingo.  This visual provides choice in what type of reading happens but also helps to set up a goal to work towards. 

https://www.understood.org/en/readingbingo

Another reading tip that I would like to share with you: following along in a book while listening to the audio-book also promotes reading skills, and may maintain the reader’s interest because they can sustain the reading for a longer period of time. Many audio-books and e-books are available on-line through your library. Contact your local library branch for assistance.

Let us know if you decide to add these summer reading tips to your summer tool belt and if it was motivating to your child. 

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One-on-One Technology Coaching with Learnstyle

Special Program for Learning Disabilities Associations Clients*

One free (no obligation) one-to-one, hands on, video coaching session with a personal Technology Coach can be accessed per youth.   Additional one hour sessions are available for $40+HST.   

Please State your referral from LDAWC when you sign up for sessions. This allows us to gain credits towards sessions for those that cannot afford the fees.

info@learnstyle.com      1-866-324-9155

For More Info about these Sessions: LearnStyle Virtual Technology Coaching

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Tips for your Teens & Tweens: Coping with Stress & Learning at Home

Being a Tween or Teen can be tough when life is normal.  With the restrictions due to COVID-19  it is even harder. Many important milestones, in the lives of youth, have been altered this spring. Many activities have been cancelled: graduations, trips, driving lessons, sports, clubs, etc.   Socializing and gaining independence are very important for teens and tweens.  Youth may resist help and routines suggested by parents.

Future events can seem so far away for teens because they have lived fewer years than adults.  The current social distancing measures seem, to me, to have been going on for a long time.  Image how it feels to be a youth! They do not even know what they can look forward to in the months and the year ahead of them.  There is a certain amount of grief that comes along with the loss of activities that youth have been looking forward to. 

Grief contains many emotions: sadness, feeling low, feeling unmotivated, weepiness, hopelessness, irritability, and anger. These emotions and their intensity are different for everyone.  Adding the shift to distance learning can cause even more stress.  Some youth will be struggling to understand and explain what they are feeling.  

The link below will take you and your teens/tweens to an online presentation (from April 2020) where a local highschool student talks about what students are going through during COVID-19. She hosts a local professional tutor and a local highschool child & youth worker. They give suggestions for ways to stay focussed while learning at home, and how to deal with stress.  They share resources that teens and tweens can access. 

Please contact info@ldawc.ca, or 519-837-2050 if you need help accessing the video or have questions or need resources.  

The video is presented by Big Brother, Big Sisters of Centre Wellington, Youth Action Committee: BTogether Talk Series. 

International Day of Families May 15th, 2020

The International Day of Families is an observance celebrated by the United Nations. The organization recognizes families as the basic unit of society. Therefore, it is fundamental that families have its importance acknowledged. Many different countries and communities all around the world organize events to celebrate the observance. International Families Day occurs annually on May 15th.

Sometimes there are people who feel like family, who we treat like family, who have no traditional relationship to us at all. This can especially be the case for those of us that have children with additional needs or disabilities, where there are some key people in our lives that can be very much our ‘family’.

While the following article uses the example of a child that may need more support than mine does, I still relate to it.  We have had the help of not only family, but many friends, doctors, psychologists, an occupational therapist, specialized tutors, camp counsellors and our neighbourhood group. The support they have brought to our family has been invaluable. Our child knows he can trust several of these individuals and I value the personal connections we have to these people.  

https://www.fireflyfriends.com/uk/blog/international-day-of-families-who-is-in-your-family/

So, as we think about the International Day of Families, let’s celebrate our immediate family, whatever size and shape that might be, and celebrate our wonderful extended families too!

Who is in yours?

Building Self-Esteem

So many kids with learning disabilities and ADHD suffer from low self-esteem.  They often feel constantly corrected and perpetually punished which contributes to their low self-esteem.  It is not easy to boost a child but the article below is a positive article on how to help support kids in this area.  The focus of these steps is on children’s natural talents, creating connections and rewarding effort. 

Which step do you think might have the largest impact on your child’s self-esteem?