School caused learning disability

Educational Psychologist Jane Healy, PhD, explains how wrong curriculum or instruction in schools may exacerbate a child's preexisting learning disability, and what can be done to prevent this
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It seems odd to think that a school can actually cause a child to have learning disability. They are supposed to be in the business of treating these things. Unfortunately, if the curriculum is wrong, the instruction is wrong, it may exacerbate a problem that the child already has. The way this breaks out is, really, too much of the wrong thing, too soon or too little of the right thing, too late. We now know specifically that there are ways to teach children's reading that will prevent problems and even change the brain in a positive direction. It is very important that your school keep up-to-date on keeping its teachers informed on research-based and tested ways of instruction. Also, not to expect every child to learn in exactly the same way. One of my books is called, "Different Learners." It really means that we all have different brains and that schools need to adapt to each child's individual differences, which in the long run, is actually makes what's so wonderful about the human race after all.

Educational Psychologist Jane Healy, PhD, explains how wrong curriculum or instruction in schools may exacerbate a child's preexisting learning disability, and what can be done to prevent this

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Jane M. Healy, PhD

Educational Psychologist

Jane Healy is a teacher and educational psychologist who has worked with all ages from pre-school to graduate school.  Her major research interest has been in finding practical applications of current brain research for teachers and parents.  A graduate of Smith College, she holds a MA from John Carroll University, a PhD from Case Western Reserve University, and post-doctoral work in developmental neuropsychology.  She has served on the faculty of Cleveland State University. Her many years of experience include: parent, classroom teacher, reading/learning specialist, elementary administrator, and clinician.  She is recognized internationally as an author, lecturer, and consultant. She has received international media coverage, including Nightline, Good Morning America, the Today Show, CNN and NPR, for her ideas about the impact of technology, media and culture on children's brain development and learning.

Although Jane has received many honors, including being twice named the "Educator of the Year" by Delta Kappa Gamma, she claims that she and her husband have learned most of what they know from the process of raising three sons (and now their six grandchildren).

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