• A Guide to help you prepare for your Child’s IEP Meeting

      What is an IEP? In British Columbia an IEP is an Individualized Education Plan. It is a document that summarizes the education plan of a student with special needs. This guide is written for students with language based learning difficulties/disabilities, although IEPs are used for students with many different learning challenges. The IEP is typically assembled by a resource and/or classroom teacher using input from student support workers, parents, student, and other community specialists who are involved in the student’s education including speech and language pathologist, psychologist, tutor, etc. The purpose of an IEP is to guide and monitor student growth and progress through goals identified for the student […]

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  • Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up

    Processing speed weaknesses are frequently a characteristic of students with learning disabilities.  Ellen Braaten, a Clinical Psychologist, defines processing speed as “how long it takes to get stuff done” or a little more technically as how long it takes to “perceive information, process information, and/or formulate or enact a response.” She also notes that it has no relation to a students overall intelligence. Read Ellen Braaten’s full article at  

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  • Accommodations – Fair Isn’t Always Equal

    Students with a learning disability diagnosed by a psychologist and recognized by the school board are eligible for accommodations within the class and during tests.  A common accommodation is to get extra time on certain assignments, tests and exams.  Extra time is given to students with learning disabilities because it takes them longer to process information. Without the extra time, these students likely wouldn’t be able to complete the test or exam, and therefore wouldn’t have the opportunity to show their knowledge.  Unfortunately, other students (and parents) sometimes think that receiving extra time is akin to cheating and gives students receiving that accommodation an unfair advantage.  In an article by author […]

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