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Susan Kruger Winter, M.Ed.

The ADHD Circuit® (Article 4): ADHD Is Not an Excuse!

December 14, 2011

We’ve done a few “special article” series before, but nothing has lit up the blog comments like the topic of ADHD. I’ve enjoyed the questions and feedback. There are excellent questions coming through and I hope to expand on most of them in future articles. Keep them coming! One of the comments came from Rita,…

Study Skills Resolve 50% of Caseloads, According to School Psychologists

December 13, 2011

Our first home as young newlyweds was a small bungalow built in 1942. We purchased the house in the month of August, many months before we discovered the drafty windows. As the Michigan winter rushed in, it literally rushed right through our house. Day after day. Month after month. Winter after winter. It took a…

The ADHD Circuit® (Article 3): My Personal Journey Through The ADHD Circuit®. . .for a Cup of Milk!

December 1, 2011

I would like to send a special call-out to my cousins! I am the youngest of 32 “first” cousins; Minta, a cousin by marriage, says that we all have the same eyes. Apparently, the genetics do not stop there because many of us -and our children- have ADHD. There was a lot of buzz about…

When Study Skills Cause Misery

November 29, 2011

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! For me, the holiday lived up to its name and was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all of the blessings in my life. We hosted 30 people for the holiday, but I didn’t cook a thing! My husband’s parents graciously took control of the turkey and mashed…

The ADHD Circuit® (Article 2): A Breakdown of the ADHD Circuit®

November 23, 2011

I have always been fascinated by strings of lights. It amazes me how a simple strand of light bulbs can illuminate any space and transform it into a warm and festive atmosphere. While shopping for party decorations this summer, I came across an inexpensive set of lights that would fit perfectly in our kitchen. I…

Thanksgiving Tribute to Parents and Teachers

November 22, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving! In the spirit of this wonderful holiday, this week’s newsletter is a tribute to parents and teachers. I have shared many details about struggles we have had to help my son over the past several months, including a shocking situation that caused us to pull him from his school abruptly last spring. We…

The ADHD Circuit® (Article 1):
Introduction to the ADHD Circuit®

November 14, 2011

Dear Parents and Educators, ADHD affects nearly 8% of the world’s population. Regardless of country or culture, one in thirteen people have the condition. Many are quick to think that ADHD is “over diagnosed,” “just an excuse,” or simply “not real.” For anyone who has it, or has lived with someone who does, you know…

How Do Study Skills Improve Standardized Test Scores?

November 8, 2011

Educators are under enormous pressure to have students perform well on standardized tests. Since standardized tests assess students’ mastery of state benchmarks, it is well known that the best way to improve scores is to provide clear instruction of those benchmarks. As a result, teachers and administrators are spending vast amounts of time “mapping” their…

Can Phonics Improve Student Motivation? Tips for 6-12 Interventions

November 2, 2011

Two-thirds of students entering high school are not proficient readers! This is a crisis, but there is a simple piece of the puzzle to fix this problem. It would dramatically improve student performance! However, most of us don’t know anything about it. The problem is that we do not teach a COMPLETE set of English…

Learning Disability or Instructional Deficiency?

October 27, 2011

The more I learn about learning disabilities, the more I see that the “best practices” for educating students with learning disabilities are actually considered “best practices” for all learners. For example, math and reading interventions focus heavily on “hands-on” and “experiential” learning activities. Isn’t it well known that all students learn best when they can…

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