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When Students Struggle

Livia McCoy
Livia McCoy spent many years teaching upper school science. She currently serves as Dean of Student Support at The Steward School in Richmond, VA. Livia sees each student as an individual with great potential to learn, and feels her job is to help every student figure out how to be successful in school. Livia says, “I blog about the many smart students who struggle in school because they think differently or have attention issues. I share what I have learned helping these students, their parents and teachers to see how they can experience success in school.” Livia welcomes comments on her blog at

How to Help Your Child Improve his or her Memory

Jun 28, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Fun Learning Activities

Some children struggle with memory. This is especially true when learning something brand new when there isn’t already similar learning in memory. But, according to Dr. Gary Brannigan and Dr. Howard Margolis, there is... Read more
Learning Disabilities Increase Risk in the Cyber World

Jun 21, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Internet Safety

The number one concern of most parents is keeping their children safe and healthy. The Internet, smart phones, and cell phones have added a level of concern that parents just a few years ago did not have to worry about! Some... Read more
What Decisions Should T(w)eens be Allowed to Make?

Jun 13, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy

Do you ever find yourself questioning whether you are making the right decision for your adolescent? I believe in giving kids choices when I can. Adolescents resent that they have so little control over their lives. But, t... Read more
Teaching Children to Accept Responsibility For Their Actions

Jun 06, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

All of my students have a specific language learning disability. I have noticed through the years, that many of them try to use their learning problems as an excuse for poor behavior. Parents and teachers have to make sure ... Read more
Easing High Stakes Testing Stress

May 31, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Standardized Testing, School Success, Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Children everywhere are in the midst of taking standardized tests to measure academic progress.  We refer to this as "high stakes testing" because so much is riding on their outcome.  Children have to pass a certain... Read more
Making Sense of Notes Taken on the Computer

May 24, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, School Success, Livia McCoy

I have been tutoring a seventh grade student who takes his life science notes on his computer. Apparently, his teacher uses PowerPoint to teach the lessons. Students get a copy of her PowerPoint and are supposed to fill in ... Read more
Multisensory Instruction -- It’s Not Just for School

May 16, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Most parents are aware that children need to have multisensory instruction at school in order to learn things like math, english, science, or history. But, many of us have not really thought about the need for the same strat... Read more
Teaching Your Child to Listen--The First Time You Say It!

May 09, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

I saw an interesting suggestion for helping children with ADD (attention deficit disorder) in an article about classroom interventions. In a long list of ideas it said, "Give simple, concrete directions, once." This reminded ... Read more
Voice-to-Text Software = Great Homework Tool for Kids Who Have Difficulty Writing

May 02, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Writing

For several years I have been experimenting with voice-to-text software for my students who have difficulty writing for themselves. The students who need it the most had very little success with it! Well, actually I didn&rs... Read more
Insight on How to Speak to your Child who Struggles In School

Apr 25, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

Children who struggle in school often process language more slowly than other children. Many times parents and teachers ask a child a question and then make the mistake of not allowing them enough time to think and respond. ... Read more