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Permanently Solving Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities, and Attention Challenges YES! There are real and permanent solutions for bright but struggling students. For 38+ years, Stowell Learning Centers have been helping parents and students transform their lives by delivering permanent solutions to bright students who struggle in school because of Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities, Attention Challenges, Auditory Processing, Executive Function, memory, and more. The result is that kids don’t have to go through school or life using accommodations. Instead, they can easily compete on an ”even playing field” with peers because the difficulties caused by learning challenges no longer affect their performance. Parents get to see a more peaceful home life because students can do homework successfully on their own. Parents no longer have to worry that they haven’t done enough or be baffled as to what they should do to help. What makes it all work? That’s what we cover in the podcast.

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7 days ago

"The students we’ve worked with are bright and as teens they look pretty grown-up. So it’s really easy for their challenges with organization or getting work in on time to be misunderstood." - Jill Stowell
Executive Functioning skills are our mental control skills help us to focus attention, plan, organize, follow through, and manage our behavior.
These real life skills are not taught in school but are expected and are key to success.
In this episode we're talking to Natalie Borrell and Alison Grant, Academic Life Coaches at Life Success for Teens. Learn about:
Executive Function challenges in teens
How a teen's Executive Function challenges affect self-esteem, behavior, and their parents
Procrastination: what's going on + strategies to help
Advice for parents and teens with ADHD
Natalie Borrell and Alison Grant, Founder and Coach of Life Success For Teens
Website: Life Success for Teens
Life Success for Teens on Facebook
Life Success for Teens on Instagram
Episode Resources and Transcript
"7 Ways to Stop Procrastinating" - Free Download from Natalie Borrell
Executive Function Information Page
Stowell Learning Center's Learning Skills Continuum
Take the Stone Out of the Shoe - Chapter 11: Executive Function and Organization
At Wit's End - Chapter 19: Executive Function (and the teenage brain)

Friday Mar 17, 2023

"The brain is a powerful resource. At any age, we can stimulate our cognitive skills for more efficient thinking and functioning."
-Jill Stowell
Processing skills are a group of skills essential to learning that aren’t really taught, but are assumed to be in place. These are skills like memory, attention, auditory, visual, and language processing, logic and reasoning, and processing speed.
These skills impact each other and if any of these underlying skills are underdeveloped or inefficient, it will stress the attention system, impact behavior, and cause learning to be harder than it should be.
In this episode, we'll talk about processing skills in detail:
What they are
What processing skills challenges look like in struggling students
Training that can permanently eliminate those struggles
Episode Resources and Transcript
Take the Stone Out of the Shoe - by Jill Stowell - Chapter 5: What Do Challenges With Processing Skills Look Like?
At Wit's End - by Jill Stowell - Chapter 17: Processing Skills Development
☀️ Learn about our Summer Intensive programs (limited availability): https://stowellcenter.com/summer
➡️ Schedule a free 1-to-1 consultation with a Learning Specialist at https://stowellcenter.com/

Friday Mar 10, 2023

"It will pass. Every time you’ve had anxiety or a panic attack, it has passed. In that moment, it sure does feel awful, and like it’s never going to end, but every time it has happened, it has ended. So know that there is relief in sight." - Jamie Roberts
In this episode, we're talking with Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Jamie Roberts about teen anxiety. Learn:
How to define anxiety
Strategies to get a handle on anxiety
The importance of self-talk
How mindfulness affects anxiety and why it helps
Share this episode with a teen in your life, and make sure to pick up a copy of Jamie Roberts' book, Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety: A Practical Guide to Manage Stress, Ease Worry, and Find Calm. It’s written for teens in a format and style that they’ll really connect to and not feel overwhelmed by.
Jamie Roberts, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Website: https://equilibriumcs.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EquilibriumCounseling/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/neurodivergenttherapist,  https://www.instagram.com/equilibriumcounseling
Newsletter: https://equilibriumcs.us4.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=beaf37ab74511c0738d17403e&id=ed7f14e523
Book: Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety: A practical guide to mange stress, ease worry and find calm https://amzn.to/3spMKIi
Episode Resources and Transcript: https://stowellcenter.com/2023/03/10/episode-54-teen-anxiety/
Take the Stone Out of the Shoe - by Jill Stowell: https://stowellcenter.com/takethestoneout/ 
➡️ Schedule a free 1-to-1 consultation with a Learning Specialist at https://stowellcenter.com/ 

Friday Mar 03, 2023

"It is important to realize that the root of challenges with attention, behavior, anxiety or learning are so often in the underlying neurodevelopmental or processing skills." - Jill Stowell
Retained reflexes and neurodevelopmental skills may be at the root of poor behaviors, attention challenges, anxiety, and struggles with learning. In this podcast episode, we'll discuss these critical underlying skills and tools for developing them to eliminate the challenges.Take an in-depth look at Retained Primitive Reflexes and how using Core Learning Skills Training and Quantum Reflex Integration (QRI) helps with integration.
SHOW NOTES- Episode Resources and Transcript: https://stowellcenter.com/2023/03/03/episode-53-anxiety-attention-behavior-and-learning-jill-stowell/ - Stowell Learning Center's Learning Skills Continuum: http://stowellcenter.com/continuum/ - Retained Reflexes and Core Learning Skills Information page: https://stowellcenter.com/core-learning-skills/ ➡️ Schedule a free 1-to-1 consultation with a Learning Specialist at https://stowellcenter.com/

Friday Feb 24, 2023

"Testing and diagnosis is an important first step towards creating a plan to strengthen weak underlying skills so that kids do not have to continue living with the daily chronic trauma of going to school." - Jill Stowell
In this episode of the LD Expert Podcast, we're talking with Dr. John Danial, Clinical Director at Simi Psychological Group, about "stealth dyslexia" and the trauma of undiagnosed and untreated learning challenges.When students struggle with reading, math or other aspects of school, there are almost always underlying processing skills that are weak or inefficient that become roadblocks to learning. Mental health is critically important. In addition, it is important to recognize that kids do not just grow out of learning challenges. The only way to make real and permanent change is to identify and develop those underlying skills - to retrain the brain to process information more effectively in order to eliminate the struggles associated with dyslexia and other learning disabilities.
GUESTDr. John Danial, Clinical Director at Simi Psychological Group- Website: http://www.simipsychologicalgroup.com - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/simipsychologicalgroup SHOW NOTES- Episode Resources and Transcript: https://stowellcenter.com/2023/02/24/episode-52-stealth-dyslexia/ - LD Expert Live - Recognizing Dyslexia, with Dr. Dan Peters - https://stowellcenter.com/2021/10/05/recognizing-dyslexia-dr-dan-peters/ - Stowell Learning Center's Learning Skills Continuum (Download) - https://stowellcenter.com/continuum/ ➡️ Schedule a free 1-to-1 consultation with a Learning Specialist at https://stowellcenter.com/

Friday Feb 17, 2023

"About 50 - 60 percent of people with ADHD also have a learning disability. About 3 in 10 people with dyslexia also have ADHD. ADHD does not cause dysgraphia, but research indicates that those with ADHD have a higher risk of developing dysgraphia." - Jill Stowell
In this episode of the LD Expert Podcast, we're discussing the key characteristics and differences between dyslexia - difficulty with reading, dysgraphia - difficulty with writing, and ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and some strategies that you can use to support students with these challenges.
SHOW NOTES- Episode Resources and Transcript: https://stowellcenter.com/2023/02/17/episode-51-dyslexia-dysgraphia-and-adhd/ - FREE DOWNLOAD: "At Wit's End" by Jill Stowell: https://stowellcenter.com/book/ Neurological Impress Reading Studies:- Increased Fluency: https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1165244.pdf - Increased Fluency and Reading Comprehension: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00220671.2017.1393650 - Article: A Neurological-Impress Method of Remedial-Reading Instruction: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/105345126900400406?journalCode=iscb - Brain Gym (Cross Crawls and Lazy 8s Exercises): http://www.braingym.org ➡️ Schedule a free 1-to-1 consultation with a Learning Specialist at https://stowellcenter.com/

Friday Feb 10, 2023

"We've always known that the brain could change, and the marvelous thing about neuroplasticity is that it's creating new connections with our neurons. That's what we do when we do therapy and when we work with people who have learning issues also. This gives us hope that change can always happen." - Dr. Joan Smith
In this episode of the LD Expert Podcast, Dr. Joan Smith explains the neuroscience behind the dyslexic brain.
SHOW NOTES- Episode Resources and Transcript: https://stowellcenter.com/2023/02/10/episode-50-wired-differently/ - "You Don’t Have to Be Dyslexic" by Dr. Joan Smith: https://www.amazon.com/You-Dont-Have-Be-Dyslexic/dp/0962875813 - "Dyslexia Perplexia" by Dr. Joan Smith: https://edu-therapeutics.com/ ➡️ Schedule a free 1-to-1 consultation with a Learning Specialist at https://stowellcenter.com/

Friday Feb 03, 2023

"Having dyslexia or a learning disability can be quite traumatic. These kids go to school every day afraid that they will be singled out in front of the class and embarrassed by their poor reading, spelling, or slow work.
They live in fear that their peers will notice that they can’t do the work. Recognizing dyslexia helps you, your child, and the teacher understand that this is not your child’s fault, or the result of laziness or lack of motivation. That change in perspective will make a huge difference." - Jill Stowell
In this episode of the LD Expert Podcast, we’re discussing dyslexia - what it is and how to determine if you or your child might have this thinking style that can be both a challenge and a gift.
- Episode Resources and Transcript: https://stowellcenter.com/2023/02/03/episode-49-is-my-child-dyslexic-am-i/
- Download the At-A-Glance Dyslexia Screener:  https://stowellcenter.com/dyslexia/
➡️ Schedule a free 1-to-1 consultation with a Learning Specialist at https://stowellcenter.com/

Monday Jan 09, 2023

"I could only focus for 20 minutes to half an hour. After starting at SLC, I have been able to go through the entire hour of my lesson, and then I'm able to go through the entire hour - and sometimes 2 hours - in my exams." - James Whyte, SLC Student
Contrary to popular belief, a brain is never too old to make profound improvements with the right therapies.
This week on the podcast, hear from SLC student James Whyte and his mother Nicola about what it's like to do cognitive learning therapy, how they've grown and what they've learned. James is one of our remote learning students living in the UK, and he was already in his teens when he started at SLC. You'll hear about his successful transformation with grades and exams after he began therapy.


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