Helping Struggling Students + Say This, Not That


Barbara Dianis, author of Don’t Count Me Out!
Topic:
Better grades and test scores for kids with educational difficulties.
Issues: Building strong bonds between academically struggling students and parents as they learn to understand and alleviate educational issues.

 


Carl Alasko, author of Say This, Not That.
Topic:
How to always say the right thing at the right time.
Issues: The five rules of effective communication; what to say–and not say–in stressful situations; exploring the biology behind communication; how to avoid spilling emotional blood.

Debunking the Myths about What Causes Learning Disabilities

Dear Mr. Dad: Our 7-year old son has been diagnosed with a learning disability (specifically dyslexia). Some friends of ours with a child the same age have been telling us that our son’s condition might have been caused by vaccines he had. They also say that vaccines cause autism and worse. We asked our doctor about this and he says vaccines are perfectly safe and that our son’s dyslexia was caused by other factors. Who’s right?

A: Your doctor. There’s been a lot of research in the past few years looking into the connection (or lack) between vaccines and learning disabilities or any other health risk. And the evidence is quite conclusive: According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), there is absolutely no evidence—scientific or otherwise—that vaccines cause learning disabilities. [Read more...]