Sarah Blake LaRose (3kitties) wrote,
Sarah Blake LaRose

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old notes from a presentation

In March, I presented at a conference for homeschooling parents of children with special needs. I was able to attend the keynote address, which was given by Mel Levine. I finally got around to typing out some of my notes.

If the child has a writing problem, work on alternative skills. Don't label the child.

Active working memory is what you hang on to while you read something new.

His interviewing technique is interesting. He asks the child, "Why can't you read?" The child knows. "The words are too hard." "I forget this while I'm reading this."

What to do about active working memory: take notes and review.

The cure for many kids is niche-finding. Why do we value well-roundedness in childhood?

Neurodevelopmental functions are basic processes that contribute to learning (e.g. visual memory, word retrieval, etc.) There is no such thing as an activity that requires only one of these. Everything is a recipe. Word problems require procedural memory, visualization, pattern recognition, focus on detail, and many more. Most items that are problems are not on psych tests. The teacher sees the problems because she relates to the child every day (phenomenology).

You can pick a career that sidesteps your dysfunctions--unless you're a kid [or young adult still trying to please Mom and Dad]. Grades and SAT scores are poor predictors of career success.

Affinities are as important as strengths. He quotes a computer specialist who formerly could not read. "I learned to read by reading those (computer manuals). I learned to communicate by communicating with my colleagues."

Two things are poisonous: public humiliation and pessimism about the future. Kids need options.

Kids need to learn about learning.

The other half seems a bit disorganized to me now... I remember that he was working with handouts, and I had difficulty following the presentation since I couldn't see the handouts. I'm going to read his book, A Mind at a Time, and compare the info in the book to what's in my notes. I have no idea where the handouts are now so can't scan them. (I still want my Reading Edge back from the repair place in CA because it's much more efficient with handouts!)


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