LD Expert

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

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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.
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

Friday May 19, 2023

"Our ability to be our best is under attack."
- Alex Doman
There are more mental health challenges today than ever before, and Alex Doman, founder of Vital Neuro and this week’s LD Expert Podcast guest, is on a mission to help people shift back to where they need to be for a less stressful, more balanced life.
What is Vital Neuro?Vital Neuro is a new technology for neuro performance training that is personalized to change your state of mind using real-time EEG and psycho-acoustically designed music.
More areas of the brain are involved when experiencing music than any other input to the nervous system, so this revolutionary tool can help us to:
have a healthier stress-response
optimize and improve focus
activate our executive function
learn how to more easily relax
get a restorative night’s sleep so that neuroplasticity can take place as your brain consolidates the events of the day
Alex Doman - Founder of Advanced Brain Technologies and Vital Neuro
Advanced Brain Technologies
The Listening Program
Vital Neuro
Auditory Processing Information Page
➡️ Want to know more about Vital Neuro or speak directly to a Learning Specialist? Call 877-774-0444 or go to https://stowellcenter.com/learning-specialist-call/

Friday May 12, 2023

“Am I really alone out there in the world? Am I the only mom who feels this way?”
Being the mom of a neurodiverse child can be difficult and lonely.
In this episode of the LD Expert Podcast, Jill Stowell is talking to Megan Champion, mother of a neurodiverse child, host of the "On The Hard Days" podcast, and founder of "Mothers Together."
Megan shares her story, and she has some important messages to share with other mothers.

Friday May 05, 2023

The twice exceptional, or "2E" population can be truly baffling for parents and teachers.These students are often misunderstood because they have both skills and deficits.This means that their often high intelligence and academic success can very easily mask their weak underlying behavior or executive functioning skills.In this episode of the LD Expert Podcast, Jill Stowell and Lauren Ma, Director of Clinical Growth and Operations at Stowell Learning Centers, dig into the dichotomy of the 2E population.RESOURCES- Think:Kids - "Think skill, not will" - Collaborative Problem Solving- Take the Stone Out of the Shoe - Chapter 22: Principles for Enhancing Attention, Behavior, and Executive Function- At Wit's End - Chapter 11: Executive FunctionSpeak directly to a Learning Specialist

Friday Apr 28, 2023

"In my opinion, there’s definitely some theoretical basis to understand that anxiety has increased in relation to the introduction of technology and digital media."- Dr. Keeban NamIn this episode, Jill Stowell and Dr. Keeban Nam, psychiatrist, talk about several hot topics that were only exacerbated by the pandemic.School Refusal: Why does it happen, and why is it worse after the pandemic?Digital Media: This "new" way of communicating has become the norm, but how is it affecting teens and families? What are appropriate guidelines for digital media, and how can parents connect with their kids and teens?Medication and ADHD: When is medication helpful? When isn't it? How should parents approach this topic?These are very difficult questions for parents, and if you are struggling with any of these issues, you are not alone. --GUESTDr. Keeban Nam - Child, Adolescent, & Adult Psychiatrist
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At Wit's End - Chapter 9: Attention and Memory Q&A
LD Expert Podcast Episode 33: Mental Health – Social Anxiety In Teens – Dr. Tracy Ballardo
LD Expert Podcast Episode 34: Sleep and Learning - Why is it so Important? - with Dr. Giancarlo Licata
LD Expert Podcast Episode 42: Video Games And What They Do To The Brain – Dr. Regine Muradian

Friday Apr 21, 2023

"The first step in building more mental and emotional flexibility is identifying the underlying skills that are not serving the student well enough."- Jill StowellAdapting to change can be really difficult for our neurodiverse learners, particularly those on the autism spectrum.In this episode, we’re going to talk about why change is so hard and look at some tools for helping your child build stronger comprehension and mental flexibility.You'll learn:
Reasons behind mental inflexibility
Tips for you and your inflexible child or teen
2 easy strategies you can use right now to integrate both hemispheres of the brain
- Episode Resources and Transcript- Cross Crawls- Infinity Walk Book I: The Physical Self by Deborah Sunbeck- Infinity Walk: Preparing Your Mind to Learn! by Deborah Sunbeck

Friday Apr 14, 2023

"Be comfortable with and celebrate your child being different...Different can be hard but different doesn’t mean bad. It actually can be wonderful." -Lindsey Sterling
In this episode, we're talking to Dr. Lindsey Sterling - a clinical psychologist and founder of the Sterling Institute in Naples, CA. Dr. Stirling focuses on child psychology and specializes in autism and neurodiversity research and treatment.
This conversation provides an in-depth look at the autism evaluation and diagnosis process, including where to go and what it should look like for people of different age groups.
You'll learn:
Autism Diagnosis: where to get it, why it's important, and how it helps everyone
Why autism is harder to spot in girls
Autism and mental health
Episode Resources and Transcript
The Social Survival Guide for Teens on the Autism Spectrum: How to Make Friends and Navigate Your Emotions by Dr. Lindsey Sterling
LD Expert Live Broadcast: "Autism or ADHD: Why Girls Get Missed" - with Dr. Monica Blied
At Wit's End - Chapter 20: Other Causes of Learning Problems
GUEST - Dr. Lindsey Sterling
The Sterling Institute for Autism
The Sterling Institute for Autism on Facebook
The Sterling Institute for Autism on Instagram - @sterlingautism
Dr. Lindsey Sterling on LinkedIn

Friday Apr 07, 2023

"APD is a very hidden disability. Things can actually change. I'm not dumb or stupid or slow. I just work differently, and that's fine." -Adalyn Smith
Auditory processing challenges are one of the most invisible learning challenges out there, so it is difficult to understand what students with APD are faced with every day.
In this episode, Adalyn Smith - a college student with APD - is back on the show to talk about what it's like to have an auditory processing disorder, and how big of an impact auditory training made on her life both in and out of school.
A first-hand account of what it's like to have APD as a student
What auditory training is and how it works
How auditory training can eliminate excessive exhaustion, boost confidence and self-esteem, increase academic performance, and enhance social skills
Episode resources and transcript: https://stowellcenter.com/2023/04/07/episode-58-how-auditory-training-changed-my-life-adalyn-smith/
Adalyn Smith on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/advocate4apd/
LD Expert Live episode with Adalyn Smith - Part 1 - https://youtu.be/hlicyIlFDYE
Advanced Brain Technology and The Listening Program - https://advancedbrain.com/
Take the Stone Out of the Shoe - Chapter 5: What Do Challenges With Processing Skills Look Like? - https://stowellcenter.com/takethestoneout
At Wit's End - Chapter 10: Auditory Processing - https://stowellcenter.com/book-atwitsend/

Friday Mar 31, 2023

"If you or your child are struggling because of weak auditory processing, don’t let anyone tell you that it cannot be improved."-Jill StowellAuditory processing is not your hearing - it’s how the brain perceives and thinks about or processes information that comes in through your ears.In this episode, we're discussing Auditory Processing and why it has such a profound impact on learning, social skills, and general sense of confidence and well-being.You'll learn:- What it feels like to have an Auditory Processing challenge (audio simulation)- How Auditory Processing challenges look in real-work scenarios- Auditory Processing can be developed through sound therapy and active auditory training--RESOURCES- Episode resources and transcript: https://stowellcenter.com/2023/03/31/episode-57-auditory-processing-key-to-increasing-confidence-and-learning/- LD Expert Live episode with Alex Doman. LISTEN (https://stowellcenter.com/2022/02/27/using-music-improve/) or WATCH (https://youtu.be/AvCtH7meqos)- Advanced Brain Technology and The Listening Program - https://advancedbrain.com/ - LD Expert Live episode with Adalyn Smith - Part 1 - https://youtu.be/hlicyIlFDYE - Brain Gym - https://www.braingym.com/ - Take the Stone Out of the Shoe - Chapter 5: What Do Challenges With Processing Skills Look Like?- At Wit's End - Chapter 10: Auditory Processing☀️ 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 24, 2023

"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)


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