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Livia McCoy
Making Sports Accessible for All Students

Feb 07, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Sports, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities

Some students enjoy playing sports and are talented in that arena. Studies suggest that students who participate in sports tend to do better in school. In some sports, kids learn what it means to commit to a team. In others, ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Life Beyond School Is Often Successful for Students With Learning Disabilities

Jan 17, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities

Students who struggle in school are complicated. There are similarities between any two of them, but there are many more differences. I used to say this is why we should not label children as having a learning disability, att... Read more
Livia McCoy
Technology Solutions for Reading and Writing Difficulties

Dec 13, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Writing, Kids Reading

I teach at a school for students who have language learning difficulties. One of our students (I’ll call her Janel) makes excellent use of technology to help her overcome her difficulty with reading and writing for hers... Read more
Livia McCoy
School Might Be Hard, but Life Doesn't Have To Be

Oct 25, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities

Recently, I watched a 30 minute documentary produced by HBO called I Can’t Do This But I Can Do That: A Film for Families About Learning Differences. It is an excellent film that shows several children with learning di... Read more
Livia McCoy
Back-to-School Shopping: Color-Coded School Supplies Can Help With Organization

Jul 24, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Homework

In an earlier blog post I wrote about a color-coded notebook system that helps disorganized students stay organized. Students who are visual learners benefit from using color to help them keep up with everything. Color can he... Read more
Livia McCoy
Will Dyslexic Children Go Undiagnosed After DSM-5?

Jul 03, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Reading, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities

The DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) is used by doctors who diagnose learning differences like dyslexia, a developmental reading disorder. In the spring of 2013, the 5th edition of the DSM will be p... Read more
Livia McCoy
Kids With Learning Disabilities Are Actually Quite Smart

Jun 21, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Struggling Students, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia

Students who are labeled LD (learning disabled) struggle in school and feel like they are not smart. In fact, a lot of people believe this to be true. But, if you ask many highly successful adults about their school experienc... Read more
Livia McCoy
What Do Standardized Test Scores, and Percentiles, Mean?

May 22, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Elementary School

Often when schools do standardized testing, they report the scores in percentiles. Percentiles are not the same thing as percentages (percents), even though they sound like they should be. Percentages are what most teachers u... Read more
Livia McCoy
For LD Students, Concentrate On One Big Thing at a Time

May 15, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities

When children struggle in school, they are often having difficulty with many things. They may have poor ability to focus their attention, low reading and spelling skills, working memory issues, or problems with executive func... Read more
Livia McCoy
Summer Plans for Struggling Students

May 09, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Vacation Homework, SchoolFamily.com, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities

Students who struggle in school often have gifts in areas that do not relate to academics. For example, they may be amazing artists, musicians, athletes, actors or dancers. When thinking about summer plans for these students,... Read more