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 SchoolFamily.com.


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
Poor Social Skills Can Lead to Bullying

Apr 18, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Bullying

Children with learning differences may have problems socially (see Kids Who Do Poorly in School More Likely to Become Bullies). According to the Pacer Center, "children who bully suffer as much as those they target. They ar... Read more
Social Skills and Learning Disabilities

Apr 13, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Fun Learning Activities

Some children who struggle with their schoolwork also struggle with social skills. This is especially true of children who have nonverbal learning disabilities. They may not pick up on normal social cues like other children... Read more
How to Help Struggling Students Build Self Esteem

Apr 04, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities

My heart broke just a little when one of my students recently told me, "I’m just ready to give up." I thought a lot about him and what might help him feel better about himself. Children who struggle in school need some... Read more
Using Webbing to Study for a Test

Mar 28, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

Webbing is a great study strategy for some students. It is especially good for visual learners and those who need to see the "big picture" -- the ones who focus on the overall concept rather than the details that support it.... Read more
The Quick Fix for Learning Disabilities

Mar 21, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, ADHD

When you have a child with a learning disability or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) you yearn for a way to help. Parents are confronted with offers for reading programs, diets, vitamin regimens, and medical d... Read more
Computer-Assisted Reading

Mar 14, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Reading

If your child has trouble reading, or reads too slowly, she might benefit from text-to-speech software. Text-speech-software takes any text in digital format (such as on the Internet or in a word processor) and reads it alou... Read more
Study Strategies that Match Your Child’s Learning Style

Mar 08, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Students do better in school if they understand how they best learn. Some need to see a demonstration to learn something new. Others need to read about it and study illustrations in a book. A few people just need for someo... Read more
When Smart Students Cannot Write What They Know

Feb 28, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Homework

Some students have difficulty getting their excellent ideas written down. This can be from a variety of problems such as dysgraphia (a physical problem that prevents handwriting or typing), or a specific language learning di... Read more