Experts Speak

Why IQ is irrelevant to the diagnosis of learning disabilities by Dr. Linda Siegel

Posted in Articles, Experts Speak on January 26th, 2011 by Kathryn Burke – 6 Comments

Larry, at age eight, received a score of 78 on an IQ test. This score is in approximately the bottom 10 per cent of the population. He was placed in a class for “mentally retarded” children where he remained until age 14. I tested him at 34, when he was enrolled in a graduate program […]

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What I have been Hearing about Inclusion: Perspectives of a School Trustee Candidate by Michael Janz

Posted in Articles, Experts Speak on September 16th, 2010 by Kathryn Burke – 4 Comments

The purpose of LDExperience is to share. In this unique piece, Michael Janz, who is presently a Trustee Candidate for the public school board in Edmonton, Alberta, shares his observations from the campaign trail on the issue of special education. Mr. Janz is one of a unique group of younger Trustee candidates who has invigorated the normally sedate Trustee election process. […]

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Special Education: My Perspectives on the Role of a Trustee by Dave Colburn

Posted in Articles, Experts Speak on September 8th, 2010 by Kathryn Burke – Be the first to comment

In Canada, K-12 education is a provincial jurisdiction. The highest level of authority is the provincial Minister of Education. With the exception of New Brunswick which has abolished Boards, the highest local levels of authority are School Boards which consist of locally elected Trustees. A majority of Trustees determine the actions and positions of Boards. These […]

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Myth-Busters! Blasting Apart the Dyslexia Myth by Michele Pentyliuk

Posted in Articles, Experts Speak on July 26th, 2010 by Kathryn Burke – 4 Comments

Put up your hand if think that people with dyslexia have difficulties with letter and word reversals.  From where I am sitting, it looks to me like most of you have your hand raised.  I can’t really see you of course, but my experience tells me that the majority of people, even teachers, believe that […]

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The “Illusion” of Behavior in Children with Learning Disabilities by Dr. Kristin Morrison

Posted in Articles, Experts Speak on May 19th, 2010 by Kathryn Burke – 1 Comment

As a community pediatrician with a special interest in developmental and behavioral pediatrics, I frequently am referred children because of behavior problems.   While some people may shudder at the thought of being locked in a small room for 2 hours with “whirling dervish” or “Tasmanian Devil”, I have generally enjoyed this type of referral.   I […]

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Some Simple Truths About Advocacy by Marty Hornstein

Posted in Articles, Experts Speak on March 31st, 2010 by Kathryn Burke – Be the first to comment

Listen to an audio version of this article. Some Simple Truths about Advocacy by Marty Hornstein Marty Hornstein is the Executive Director of the Calgary Chapter of the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta, a position he has held for several years. He has extensive experience helping people to advocate for their children or themselves. Drawing […]

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These ‘Special Needs’ Learners Shaped My Life by Dr. Stephen Murgatroyd

Posted in Articles, Experts Speak on March 8th, 2010 by Kathryn Burke – Be the first to comment

Stephen Murgatroyd has his PhD in psychology from The Open University of the United Kingdom. He is a respected author and consultant whose insightful pieces have been published in periodicals all over the world. In this article, he looks back almost four decades ago to when he taught 16 students in Wales. His insights about […]

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Avoiding Flying Iguanas by Michele Pentyliuk

Posted in Articles, Experts Speak on February 25th, 2010 by Kathryn Burke – Be the first to comment

Michele Pentyliuk is a registered psychologist and respected expert in psycho-educational assessments. She is an active volunteer and advocate, and well respected speaker and teacher.  In this article, Michele  writes about the importance of considering many variables from different sources when conducting a psycho-educational assessment. The situations which Michele discusses are based on real people, […]

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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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