Archive for September, 2009

When Assessments Harm Our Children by Michele Pentyliuk

Posted in Articles, Experts Speak on September 10th, 2009 by Kathryn Burke – 1 Comment

Registered psychologist and respected expert in psycho-educational assessments, Michele Pentyliuk, writes about situations where assessments can cause harm. The situations which Michele discusses are based on real people, but the names and some circumstances have been changed to protect confidentiality. When a child with a suspected learning disability undergoes a psycho-educational assessment, the results are […]

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Early Identification and Intervention by Linda Siegel

Posted in Articles, Experts Speak on September 10th, 2009 by Kathryn Burke – Be the first to comment

International expert in reading problems, Dr. Linda Siegel (University of British Columbia) asks why we wait for children to fail when screening and early intervention for reading difficulties have demonstrated their effectiveness. Why do we need early identification and intervention? Our prisons are filled with individuals who have learning disabilities that have never been properly […]

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Thank You J.K. Rowling!

Posted in Kathryn's Journey on September 5th, 2009 by Kathryn Burke – 2 Comments

In the summer months after Grade 3 and before our son entered his new school, my husband, in a frustrated moment, decided to cut our cable TV service. A representative of the cable company was going up and down our street to let us all know that somehow, the company had not charged us for a particular tier of channels. Essentially we were getting channels for free that none of us watched anyway and now our bills would be adjusted. It was a wonderful spring Saturday, and my husband was somewhat frustrated with our children’s lack of enthusiasm for being outside enjoying the Alberta sunshine. He inquired of the cable representative if there would be any difficulties in quickly reinstating cable if we cut it off that morning. Learning it could be reinstalled in a heart beat and after a quick check with me, cable service was discontinued!

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