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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
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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
Livia McCoy
The Importance of Teaching Students To Write By Hand

May 01, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Elementary School

Ever since writing my earlier blog post about whether we really need to teach cursive handwriting, Do Children Still Need to Learn Cursive?, I have been thinking more about it. Many parents are concerned that their children a... Read more
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Making Friends From a Wheelchair Can Be Difficult for Kids

Apr 26, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in SchoolFamily.com, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Elementary School

Living in a wheelchair is difficult. Children and teens who use wheelchairs often have a hard time making friends. Yet, having at least one good friend is essential for good mental health. Other children can be afraid of some... Read more
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Help Your LD Student Have a Successful Trip To the Library­

Apr 10, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in SchoolFamily.com, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Educational Trips

Libraries are supposed to be fun places. But if you are dyslexic or have a problem reading and spelling, they might not be so much fun. I work at a school for dyslexic students. We have a nice sign in the school library titl... Read more
Livia McCoy
Why Do Some LD Students Act Out in School?

Apr 03, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, ADHD

Recently, I read Nelson Lauver’s book, Most Unlikely to Succeed. The first part of the book was difficult for me to read. When Nelson was a child, he was abused by his teachers because he couldn’t read and do math... Read more
Livia McCoy
Moving Up to Middle School Can Be Frightening for Some Kids

Mar 29, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in SchoolFamily.com, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Elementary School

Moving from elementary school to middle school can be especially scary for students with learning disabilities. If your child will be moving into middle school next year, it might be a good idea to think about what things wil... Read more
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Expert Sue Scheff Offers Parents 10 Tips to Help Prevent Teen Drug Addiction

Mar 22, 2012 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Teenagers, Teen Girls, Teen Boys, SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Middle School, High School

Sue Scheff is an author, a parent advocate, and the founder of the Parents' Universal Resource Expert (P.U.R.E.). Scheff helps families with at-risk teens, and specializes in educating parents on the daunting industry of teen... Read more
Livia McCoy
Eliminate Distractions While Doing Homework

Mar 20, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Teen Girls, Teen Boys, Technology, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Homework, High School, Cell Phones, ADHD

 Many students have a hard time staying focused on a task. Much has been written about teenagers who are growing up in the media age. Most agree that they are very good at multitasking. In a report featured on NPR, the a... Read more