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ANSWER from Michelle Mock
on 18 May 2005:
I think a great starting point for you to help your nephew is to read some of what Mel Levine has written (see: http://www.allkindsofminds.org/).
Another terrific expert and reference is Richard Lavoie. He has some really great videos like "F.A.T. City" which makes learning differences understandable. See: http://www.ricklavoie.com/
Vision is another source of problems that often goes undetected. If the eyes do not work correctly, the student has to work twice as hard to follow classroom instruction. It's exhausting! The child doesn't know when he has a vision problem because he thinks everyone sees that way. Eye screenings done at school often make matters worse because the answer may be: "He has perfect 20/20 vision." All that says is that he can see at 20 feet what most people see at 20 feet. It doesn't say anything about what is close or focussing between near and far or anything else about vision. Please read my article about Visual Health: http://imagiverse.org/resources/energy/vision_health.htm
I am on the Board of the Inland Empire Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. Our branch has a website at: http://www.dyslexia-ca.org/. There is a lot of great information out there too.
I hope this gives you some starting points. Please let your nephew know that he is a great kid. He is not alone. Learning is really great fun and a lot of educators believe:
"If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn."
19 July 2006
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