The “I Can” Kid

by Carole Richards   Recently I met with a delightful smart and insightful ten-year-old fifth-grade girl. She spoke lovingly about spending time with her family. She was a happy child. Her mother brought her to see me because the parents thought she had dyslexia. The girl described school as difficult and reading was hard. However, when I tested her, she …

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Helping with homework

BY CAROLE RICHARDS Helping with homework First, I think kids get too much homework.  They need to run, jump, play and be kids. Ask yourself these questions: Can my child do the assigned homework on their own? Is it a reasonable amount of homework for my child’s age and grade? TIPS TO MAKE IT LESS STRESSFUL If the child is …

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Connecting for Kids — November 2017 Programs

Community is what brings us all together.  In this big world, it’s comforting to know that there are people out there just like you.  Same interests, same hobbies, same backstory.  When you find someone you can relate to, that big world can seem just a little bit smaller.  Connecting for Kids helps make the world seem smaller. Connecting for Kids …

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New Enrollment Update for the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship

BY CAROLE RICHARDS The Ohio Department of Education has two exciting programs for children with disabilities: Autism Scholarship Program (since 2004) Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program (JPSN) (since 2012-13 School Year) In this article, I will explain the Jon Peterson Scholarship Program. Who is eligible to apply for the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship? Any child with a disability, …

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Vive Le Difference — The North Coast Tutor

For over 30 years, North Coast Education Services has been providing quality private in-home tutoring to the families of Northeast Ohio.  NCES Vice President John Kusik shares some of the key factors that have led to our success in his latest article. Vive Le Difference! with North Coast Education Services John Kusik, NCES Vice President Yes, there is a tremendous …

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Multi-Sensory Phonics Workshop

When students struggle with reading skills, it is often recommended that they learn to read by using a hands-on approach, like a multi-sensory method.  Each fall, North Coast Education Services proudly offers a multi-sensory phonics workshop for those who wish to learn Richards Learning Systems®, an award-winning approach to reading.  What is Richards Learning Systems®? Richards Learning Systems® is a …

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Free Ohio Special Education Workshop — IEP, IQ and Achievement

Are you a parent of a child on an IEP (Individualized Education Plan)?  Does your child have a learning disability?  If you are confused about the testing reports and documents, you are not alone.  Read on for more information about a free Ohio special education workshop that will help you feel informed about your child’s education. Linking Your Child’s IQ, …

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Even Doctors Need to Read

BY CAROLE RICHARDS About fifteen years ago, I got a call from a doctor who was dyslexic.  He was obviously bright.  He had graduated from college and medical school.  But, he had not passed his written medical licensing board exam. The Magic Pill I met with the doctor and his wife and to discuss the structure of words…the sounds, syllables …

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Smartphones and Our Children’s Brains

BY CAROLE RICHARDS   I grew up in an era where everyone had one landline in their home without even voicemail.  We all survived and communicated often in person or by phone. Today we communicate by text, voicemail, email, Twitter, Facetime and much more.  However, social interaction is missing.  These handy gadgets eliminate the need to talk in person and …

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Are You an Encourager or an Enabler?

  By Carole Richards   Our company works with many students with disabilities.  (Click here to learn about our special education services.)  It is fascinating to see how some of our students are very independent and others extremely dependent on their parents or others. Our Encourager Families For example, we had a camper who weighed just 1 pound 2 ounces …

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