We’ve shared with you Mom Blogs to Soothe the Soul – where I had a lot of fun searching for blogs that parents of kids with Learning Differences could relate to. Here, I wanted to share with you a wide variety of blogs that are out there and related to life with Learning Differences.
The blogs below are all written by third-parties and couldn’t be reviewed in their entirety – but let me just say: if they’re on this list, they’re worth a look!
Blogs by Learning Differences Professionals
This blog takes an innovative approach to combining the latest research on brain-based learning with potential improvements for classrooms. It’s a refreshing take on education reform based in neuroscience and research about how we learn as a species. Many Learning Differences are taken into consideration- including dyslexia, autism, giftedness, visual-spatial learning styles and more.
Lauren, Eli and Larry are some of the children whose parents have asked Dr. Selznick for help, and whose stories (complete with what I hope to be fictitious names) are featured on this blog. Dr. Selznick is a child psychologist who carries out evaluations, like the BASC, Woodcock Johnsons, and so on. These are the evaluations you’re likely familiar with, if your child is on an IEP. Dr. Selznick’s “down-to-earth” nature comes through in his writing style, where the tone of generally serious topics is mellowed with humor and pop-culture references. The blog is helpful for anyone, parents and teachers alike, working with students who “shut-down” because of their struggle to learn.
These blogs are put together by a team of experts in learning disabilities and mental health. The blogs compile the latest scientific research on their respective topics, in order to inform readers quickly and effectively. The blogs come from the U.K. meaning that the language and terminology may differ slightly from standard U.S. English, but the content is definitely worth a read.
Blogs by Special Education Teachers
Leila has been teaching (and blogging) for 7 years! Her About Me page demonstrates just how much her role has changed throughout the 7 years she’s been working in education, but her dedication to helping kids and her love of special education has remained the same throughout all this time. Her posts are honest and portray a realistic view of life working in special education. Educators can find solidarity here and parents can see what life might look like from a special education teacher’s perspective.
Ms. Whitely is a National Board Certified Special Education Teacher teaching for her 10th year and her blog is an awesome resource for teachers and parents alike! She explains concepts like progress monitoring, gross motor skills, and RTI. These are concepts that parents or teachers might not be aware of but could find incredibly helpful when working to meet the needs of children with Learning Differences. In addition to free resources on her blog, Ms. Whitely also has resources available on TPT – Teachers Pay Teachers, a platform which enables teachers to support one another by sharing and selling their original teaching resources.
Blogs by People with Learning Differences
Each of these blogs is a Tumblr (short form) blog run by someone who has the syndrome or disorder. The blogs use Internet memes to create a sense of solidarity and a stronger connection between community members. These blogs can be especially helpful for parents and teens* to review together because they create an opportunity for discussion about which images the teen might identify with. Identifying with other teens and young adults can help to build a sense of belonging and a community of support for teens with Learning Differences.
*I say teens here because Tumblr is a compilation of thousands of different voices, meaning that the language on any blog is unpredictable and may be inappropriate for children.