LD Expert

The comprehensive solution for permanently solving dyslexia, auditory processing, learning disabilities, and attention challenges.

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Friday May 10, 2024

With 40 years of experience and the brain research to back it up, Jill Stowell's basic premise has always remained the same:
Struggles associated with dyslexia and learning disabilities CAN be changed.
 
Kids do well when they CAN. Not "when they want to," but when they CAN.
 
In this episode, Jill Stowell explains that when kids aren't doing well, whether that's in school or with behavior, there's something deeper at the root of the challenge.
 
You'll learn what that looks like and what can be done about it as Jill shares stories of past students and digs into the Learning Skills Continuum.
 
SHOW NOTES
Learning Skills Continuum - Free Download: Get your free copy of the Learning Skills Continuum developed by Jill Stowell, including a list of skills at each level of the continuum.
Take the Stone Out of the Shoe: A Must-Have Guide to Understanding, Supporting, and Correcting Dyslexia, Learning, and Attention Challenges - by Jill Stowell
Retained Reflexes and Core Learning Skills: Take a deep dive into definitions, symptoms, testing and treatment
Dyslexia: Take a deep dive into definitions, symptoms, testing and treatment
Executive Function: Take a deep dive into definitions, symptoms, testing and treatment
Auditory Processing: Take a deep dive into definitions, symptoms, testing and treatment
 
➡️ Click https://stowellcenter.com to schedule a free call with one of our Learning Specialists today.
 

Friday Mar 08, 2024


In Part 2 of this episode of the LD Expert Podcast, Jill Stowell is joined by the authors of “The Language of Advocacy” - a workbook for parents who are in the midst of the emotional journey of advocating for their special needs children.
 
Episode Highlight
“You are the expert at your child, and your opinion and your input is just as valid as anybody else’s.”
- Julie Cole
 
In Part 2 of this episode:
Empowering parents to create a collaborative IEP environment (as opposed to an intimidating power struggle)
Diagnoses and qualifying for an IEP
What to expect from the IEP process
"The Language of Advocacy" workbook: a step-by-step guide for parents navigating the IEP process
 
▶️ Watch Part 1 here
 
SHOW NOTES
Language of Advocacy: Speak for Your Child with Confidence: Advocating for a Neurodivergent Child
Episode Resources and Transcript
Julie Cole: Educational Consultant
Jolee Hibbard: Hibbard Psychological Services, PC
StowellCenter.com
 
 
Want to speak directly to a learning specialist about your child? Click here to schedule a call now.

Friday Mar 01, 2024


In Part 1 of this episode of the LD Expert Podcast, Jill Stowell is joined by the authors of “The Language of Advocacy” - a workbook for parents who are in the midst of the emotional journey of advocating for their special needs children.
 
Learn:
The emotional piece of advocating for your child
Communication strategies to help parents feel confident about crafting their message to the school or IEP team
Issues about triggers that impact your emotions as a parent and impede communication
 
Episode Highlight
"Parents of kids that struggle can have vicarious experiences.
Parents feel as though their children are extensions of themselves.
Parents will have the same kind of neural responses as if they had gotten some sort of feedback about themselves when they get feedback about their kid."
- Jolee Hibbard
 
 
In Part 1 of this episode:
Factors that affect you as the parent of a neurodivergent child
Barriers you are facing and strategies for effective communication with the IEP team
Communication skills that help you get your message across for the best outcome for your child
Informed advocacy: How parents can get educated and prepare for an IEP
 
SHOW NOTES
Language of Advocacy: Speak for Your Child with Confidence: Advocating for a Neurodivergent Child
Episode Resources and Transcript
Julie Cole: Educational Consultant
Jolee Hibbard: Hibbard Psychological Services, PC
StowellCenter.com
 
 
Want to speak directly to a learning specialist about your child? Click here to schedule a call now.

Friday Jan 05, 2024

“I could see so many applications for increasing awareness of self and others, self-regulation, and mental flexibility.”
- Jill Stowell, on the Ronnie Gardiner Method®
 
In this episode of the LD Expert Podcast with Jill Stowell:
✅ What is the Ronnie Gardiner Method® (RGM)
✅ How RGM uses rhythm as brilliant, fun way for people of any age to improve their thinking, energy, attention, social connection, and executive function
⭐️ NEW - First ever Young Adult Executive Function & Social Skills RGM Groups in California - starting at Stowell Learning Centers in February and hosted by Jill Stowell
⭐️ Click here for Info + Registration
 
Combining rhythm, music, color, language, and movement, RGM is designed to benefit:
➡️ Individuals with neurological conditions, such as stroke, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, and traumatic brain injuries
➡️ Seniors aiming to maintain cognitive and motor agility
➡️ Children with developmental challenges
➡️ People with ADHD
➡️ People with Dyslexia
➡️ And even healthy adults seeking a novel approach to mental and physical stimulation
 
▶️ Watch the video version of this episode on our website to see the demonstration at the end!
(You'll find episode resources and transcript here, too!)

Tuesday Nov 07, 2023

Special needs attorney and mom of a special needs child, Dina Kaplan, joins Jill Stowell for a live Q and A to help parents navigate the IEP process and ongoing services for their children and young adults with learning challenges.
 
Learn crucial things you need to know about:
✅ The assessment process
✅ IEP and 504 Plan basics
✅ How to educate yourself and navigate school and life with special needs kids
 
SHOW NOTES
Episode Resources Webpage
Dina C. Kaplan, Esq., Vanaman German
The KEN Project Parent Support Group: Email Dina Kaplan: dkaplan@vanamangerman.com 
Special Education Rights and Responsibilities
Otter AI - Voice Meeting Notes and Real-Time Transcription
SLC Mom Squad - A private Facebook Group for parents of children with learning and attention challenges
P.E.A.C.E. - Monthly in-person parent learning workshop, support group, and live Q&A
Stowell Learning Center Virtual Information Session - Have questions about SLC services? Get them answered!
Self-Determination Program
 
➡️ Want to speak to a learning specialist? Call 877-774-0444 or click https://stowellcenter.com/learning-specialist-call/

Friday Sep 01, 2023

"I don’t want kids to have to spend their life compensating for their learning challenges and so we don’t teach them to manage or to cope. We really identify and develop the underlying skills that are actually at the root of the problem in order to remove the roadblocks to reading and to learning."
-Jill Stowell
 
Jill Stowell and Suzanne McClure - Head of School at MUSE Global Schools in Calabasas - discuss ways to help our kids embrace and value their own differences:
✅ How to invite kids' passions into the classroom to help them feel more engaged
✅ When kids are part of the process, they build executive function skills
✅ How neurodivergent kids can make and keep friends
 
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➡️ MUSE highly values passion and the idea of allowing students to merge their interests, curiosities, and passions with their academic life.
➡️ As parents and educators, whenever we can help kids see that what they're learning in school actually relates to their real life, especially something they're really good at or passionate about, the learning becomes so much more meaningful.
➡️ When parents and teachers engage with students around their interests and passions, students develop a sense of confidence and autonomy and ownership.
➡️ When students and teachers work together, the students are able to build executive function skills around self-management and self-control.
➡️ Encouraging your child's passion may also lead to him finding and keeping friends who have similar interests.
➡️ Jill and Suzanne also dig into why the nontraditional approaches to education that both MUSE and Stowell Learning Center take are a key component to the future success of our neurodivergent kids. Teaching kids how to "cope" with their learning challenges will not open the door to possibility the way that getting to the root of the problem will.
 
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SHOW NOTES:
➡️ Episode Resources and Transcript: https://stowellcenter.com/2023/09/01/episode-69-embracing-differences-and-building-social-emotional-health-suzanne-mcclure/
➡️ Speak to a Learning Specialist for Free: https://stowellcenter.com/contact 
 
Suzanne McClure & MUSE Global School
🌐 MUSE Global School
ⓕ MUSE on Facebook
ⓘ MUSE on Instagram
ⓣ MUSE on Twitter
📕 The OMD Plan - by Suzy Cameron
 

Friday Aug 04, 2023

"What I'm really interested in when I'm working with kids is them really engaging in the learning and growing process and them feeling awesome about who they are."-Seth PerlerIn this episode, Seth Perler breaks down some time-saving strategies for parents and teachers to help build executive function skills with their kids and get student buy-in at the start of the new school year.Plus, hear Seth's empowering message to kids, and learn about TEFOS - The Executive Function Online Summit - HAPPENING AUGUST 11-13, 2023.✅ Tips for parents: How to get your kids in the right mindset and off to a good start in school✅ Advice for teachers in prepping for the new school year✅ Seth's advice for kids as they head into the new school year✅ TEFOS (The Executive Function Online Summit): What is it, who is it for, and how to get the most out of it--➡️ TEFOS is a free online event Hosted by Seth Perler, ADHD, 2E, and Executive Function coach.➡️ If your child, teen, or young adult struggles with executive function, you really don’t want to miss this opportunity to learn along with tens of thousands of parents and educators around the world about executive function and get practical strategies you can use to help your child. (If you still have a little summer vacation time left in August and can’t make it live, you can purchase the all-access pass and watch anytime).🎟️ TEFOS Info and Registration🧠 Executive Function Info Page: Definition, Symptoms, Testing and Treatment🎧 Episode Transcript and Resources📞 Speak to a learning specialist

Friday Jul 28, 2023

"Your unique, interesting, neurodivergent brain is what makes you perfect and amazing exactly how you are."-Seth PerlerIn this episode, Seth Perler offers some words of encouragement for kids as they prepare for the new school year.PLUS learn about TEFOS - The Executive Function Online Summit - Happening August 11 - 13, 2023➡️ TEFOS is a free online event Hosted by Seth Perler, ADHD, 2E, and Executive Function coach.➡️ If your child, teen, or young adult struggles with executive function, you really don’t want to miss this opportunity to learn along with tens of thousands of parents and educators around the world about executive function and get practical strategies you can use to help your child. (If you still have a little summer vacation time left in August and can’t make it live, you can purchase the all-access pass and watch anytime).🎧 Episode Resources and Transcript
🎟️ TEFOS Info and Registration
🧠 Executive Function Info Page: Definition, Symptoms, Testing and Treatment
📞 Speak to a learning specialist

Friday Jun 30, 2023

In this replay of The Refocus Podcast with Angela Stephens, Angela and Jill explore:
✅ ADHD and Auditory Processing Disorder
✅ Anxiety, especially in children
✅ Why Stowell Learning Center is the last stop for parents who are looking for permanent solutions for their kids with learning or attention challenges
 
Angela Stephens hosts the Re-Focus Podcast and she interviews CEOs, Senior Executives, ADHD Coaches, Business Coaches, Presidents, Surgeons, and more on how they focus and re-focus when they face adversity.
 
RESOURCES
➡️ The Re-Focus Podcast with Angela Stephens: Jill Stowell discusses auditory processing and managing anxiety
➡️ Go to www.ReFocusWithAngela.com to find all of her podcast episodes.
➡️ Auditory Processing Information and Free Resources Page
➡️ At Wit's End by Jill Stowell - Chapter 10: Auditory Processing
➡️ Take the Stone Out of the Shoe by Jill Stowell - Chapter 5: What Do Challenges With Processing Skills Look Like?
 
🗣️ Want to speak directly to a learning specialist? Click here.

Friday Jun 02, 2023

"I just really want the world to know that the struggles associated with learning disabilities and dyslexia do not have to be permanent. They really can change. The brain is amazing!"
- Jill Stowell
In this episode, Jessyka Coulter interviews Jill Stowell for the "Love to Learn 2023" virtual event.
Jill uses Stowell Learning Center's Learning Skills Continuum to explain why some students struggle in school.
You'll learn there are whole sets of underlying skills that need to be in place for optimal learning. If any of these skills are weak or inefficient, the attention system is going to be stressed, and the student will struggle.
Jill also explains why the vast majority of the students who are reported to have attention issues, do not actually have ADHD, but that most attention challenges are just a symptom of a weak underlying skills.
 
RESOURCES
Learning Skills Continuum
At Wit's End
Take the Stone Out of the Shoe: Chapter 3 - Understanding the Problem Beneath the Problem
➡️ Speak directly with a learning specialist

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