Month: January 2020


The Painful Truth: What Causes Learning Disabilities?

The exact cause for learning disabilities (LD’s) has not yet been proven, although three factors are considered to have significant effects:

Genetic Influences – there is a possibility that learning disorders are passed down from one generation to the next, as children with learning disabilities can be traced to older relatives with the same or similar symptoms.

Education, Learning Styles, Memory and Learning Difficulties Concept Vector Illustration.

Brain Development – before and after the birth of a child, there are many factors that affect brain development – positively or negatively. Low birth weight, premature birth, lack of oxygen and head injuries may hamper development significantly.

Environmental Impacts – poor nutrition and an unhealthy air or water environment may cause learning disabilities in children, whether in youth or adult life.

A child who has learning disabilities is not necessarily less competent than another who has none- intelligence is not dampened by learning disabilities. Some children with LD’s have proven to be more intelligent than their counterparts. Albert Einstein, Walt Disney, and Alexander Graham bell had learning disabilities.

The most common struggles for children with LD’s are related to reading (dyslexia), writing (dysgraphia) and mathematical (dyscalculia) ability. Learning Disabilities affect the brain’s ability to receive, process, analyze or store the information it receives. This manifests itself in different ways, but the usual result is that these children lag behind academically.

For young children with reading difficulties, it is helpful to teach them to associate pictures with words and sounds. This can be done while storytelling, shopping, or when walking past signs (exit, entrance, walk, don’t walk, etc.). Action pictures can be discussed and studied with the child, to encourage him or her to put observations to intelligible words.

Some children with LD’s are placed in Special Education, where their learning needs are met more accurately, and they have higher chances of succeeding with their studies. Children in Special Education may feel isolated from or inferior to their peers, even if they are capable of thinking intelligently. They find solace in after-school activities such as sports, where there is no academic grade to …

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Removing a Splinter: Tips for Handling This Painful Condition and a Squirmy Kid

Splinters give me shivers. I not only cringe when remembering my painful run-ins with tiny shards, the memories of having to hold down my terrified child while I attempted to remove a splinter are ever present. But since touchy-feely kids like mine are like magnets to the slivers, it is important to know the best way to remove splinters.

Quick and easy ways to remove a splinter, (and more difficult but necessary ways)

Tape it – So much time spent trying to grab the little shards with my finger nails could have been skipped if only I knew this little trick. Next time I encounter a splinter my first line of defense will be a piece of tape. Place a small piece gently over the tip of the exposed splinter and pull off. Pull in the direction the splinter entered for best results.

Glue it – White glue is another remarkable tip. Spread a little glue over the area, let it dry and then peel off. My girlfriend said this even works well for glass shards.

Tweezers – If that fails, you will need a good pair of tweezers. Dip the tips in rubbing alcohol to sterilize and the grasp the splinter and pull. Add a magnifying glass to help you see exactly what you are grabbing and to be sure you have a solid grasp of as much of the splinter as possible.

Double team – If the splinter either breaks off completely or is entirely embedded under the skin it is time to pull out the big guns. You will need a needle, sterilized with rubbing alcohol, tweezers and a magnifying glass. If you can find another adult to help with this minor surgery that would be best for all involved. The needle is used to gently break the layer of skin that the splinter is under and then used to lift the splinter so that the tweezers can grab it.

Soak it – If your child will not let you near them in order to do any of the above techniques or if you tried and failed, …

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How Lacrosse Saved Me from Another Painful Year of Youth Baseball

Hey baseball parents! Are you tired of sitting on those cold aluminum bleachers in February and March while waiting for your child to get up to bat? Does the thought of sweating for two hours in the hot summer sun while waiting for the ball to get hit to your child sound unbearable? Are you concerned that your ballplayer did not move enough during the entire six inning game to compensate for the calories in the hot dog and snow cone he got from the snack shack after the game? If you are like me, the answer to each of these questions is an emphatic yes.

Let me first tell you that I actually love the game of baseball. I played it as a kid and was fortunate enough to play in high school. While I was not good enough to play beyond high school, the passion for the game never went away after I stopped playing. That is, of course, until I became a parent and had to sit through two seasons of youth baseball. It left me thinking: Was it really that awful when I was a kid? If so, then why didn’t my parent’s tell me how painful it was?

For the sake of my son, I was prepared to fight through the dread of another boring year of youth baseball. To add to my misery, I was even willing to coach and put myself in charge of eleven other kids who’d rather be playing video games than baseball. Thankfully, however, a chance opportunity for my son to learn about the game of lacrosse set me free. After attending a clinic put on by the local lacrosse club, my son was hooked and, after learning that the season is played at the same time as baseball, I suddenly took a liking to it as well. We decided to give it a try and, after that first season, never even considered going back to baseball.

Unlike baseball, lacrosse is a sport of constant motion. Most of the players on the field are required to play both offense …

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