Blog - Insight into LD


Oh, homework. There is little else in school that is more controversial. Does it benefit the students or not? Research indicates that homework at the high school level has a positive effect on student achievement, but the effect is much less at the elementary level.


Parents and students always feel a bit nervous about the start of a new school year. This can be especially true for families when the previous school year was not the best. Our children look forward to reconnecting with friends, getting some new clothes and being with new teachers. At the same time they may be concerned about riding the bus for the first time, entering a new classroom or transitioning to a new school.


They’re here. I saw them the other day, and I don’t know how I feel about them. School supplies are out in full force at Kroger and Target and just about any other store you walk into these days, meaning that the start of school is just around the corner. 


Many students have assigned reading for the summer. Some have math review sheets to do. If your child waits until the last minute – that would mean NOW is the time to get working.


On the last day of the Adventures in Summer Learning program, students wrote about what they learned this summer. Many essays focused on not being afraid to raise your hand if you need help or have a question. The students wrote about no longer feeling embarrassed if they had a question, or worrying what a classmate might think. Sometimes it is not clear to students how that insight applies outside of school.


Springer’s Adventures in Summer Learning program concluded last week, and students took an opportunity to reflect on what they had gained during the four-week program. Students were encouraged to become “students of themselves,” and to observe where their strengths lie, and what challenges them. They learned strategies that will support them in the coming school year. And beyond the strategies, they discovered that they are not alone.


Adventures in Summer Learning, Springer’s summer program for struggling students, is in its third week, and students in first grade to eighth are coming to know themselves as learners, and gaining tools and strategies for success.


“What Avi accomplished at Springer in three years is nothing short of a miracle.”

In third grade, Avi was still laboriously working out three-letter words while her peers were fluently reading chapter books. By fifth grade, her teachers had given up on her ever learning to write. But this spring, Avi was accepted at the School for Creative and Performing Arts to pursue a double major in Costume and Fashion Design and, yes, Creative Writing.


“My child’s learning difficulty is no longer invisible to me – just to everyone else.” “I keep thinking that if I try hard enough, I can convince myself that it will all just get better – something will click.”


Springer's Dr. Mary Ann Mulcahey answers questions from parents about their children's educational needs.  Sometimes a parent's intuition tells her something is not right, and many times she is right!

Blogger Mary Ann Mulcahey, PhD, shares her expertise in assessment and diagnosis of learning disabilities and ADHD, and the social/emotional adjustment to those issues.