WIL Blog

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  • How Can We Support the Development of Self-Reflection Skills?

    Jaclyn Baharestani
    Special Projects Coordinator, Winston Innovation Lab

    Self-reflection can often be the gateway to the independence and self-efficacy we hope to foster in our students. This awareness of self, particularly one’s own strengths and weaknesses, gives them the tools to consciously pause and assess their thoughts, actions, successes, and needed supports. 
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  • Struggles with Math and Comprehension? Visual-Spatial Skills Could Be the Reason.

    Michele Heimbauer
    Associate Director of Winston Innovation Lab

    Does your child often confuse their left from right? Do they struggle when asked to copy information from the board or a book? Do they have a hard time arranging their materials in their desk, locker, or room? Do they get lost easily, especially in a new place? Do they have trouble reading a map or chart? Do they bump into people or have difficulty estimating distance between themselves and others? Do they struggle to recreate a Lego construction based on a picture?
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  • A Comprehensive Look at Learning Disabilities and Math Development

    Learning Disabilities And Math Development by Kristen Atkins Head of School, Winston Prep, Marin, CA

    Math, who needs it? We all do! It is a sobering fact that many students with learning differences are falling behind in the study of mathematics. According to a study completed by the National Research Council entitled, “Everybody Counts: A Report to the Nation on the Future of Mathematics Education”, only half of our nation’s students take more than two years of high school level mathematics. 
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  • What is Dysgraphia?

    Kelly Thompson, Monmouth County Project Coordinator and WPS Teacher

    Dysgraphia is a condition that affects a child’s ability to effectively acquire writing skills. Although dysgraphia is primarily linked to poor handwriting, its scope is actually much wider and more complex. Similar to a child learning to read, the process of writing and learning to write incorporates many steps including forming individual letters, recognizing and spelling simple words, transcribing ideas into sentences, correctly applying grammatical and mechanical rules, and maintaining organization and clarity throughout a written piece. Struggles in any of these areas can translate, or point to, dysgraphia.
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  • More Than Just An ADHD Diagnosis

    Michele Heimbauer, Associate Director of Winston Innovation Lab

    Students are often diagnosed with ADHD when they struggle to perform in ways that are expected in the classroom. Though this label can be comforting to some, it is largely inadequate in helping to understand an individual student so that we can develop an effective program for that child. To deeply understand a student, it is vital to go beyond the diagnosis of ADHD, which is simply a label that describes behavioral symptoms that are organized into two categories.
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  • Non Verbal / Right Hemispheric Learning Disorders

    The landscape of diagnostic understanding regarding right hemispheric learning disorders, Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD), Aspergers, and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) remains murky. We, and other professionals (NVLD Project) do not believe the current diagnostic framework captures the nuanced patterns of strength and weaknesses for students impacted by this general category of issues.
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  • Can a Fidget Spinner Help My Child Focus | Toys for ADHD and Autism

    Fidget toys have become more and more popular WPS teachers and leaders are frequently asked whether these fidget spinners are an Autism and ADHD treatment. At WPS teachers are dedicated to helping students who struggle with self-regulation acquire the strategies they as an individual need to succeed independently, as opposed to offering a universal treatment such as a fidget toy.
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  • Executive Functioning Difficulties

    Executive Functioning difficulties are not well understood. We frequently hear from parents, students and educators who have questions and express confusion about this area of struggle. They see many kids diagnosed with ADHD and ADD, which are ostensibly about “attention”, but many people don’t fully understand what these diagnoses really mean, where the core deficits really lie, and what else is involved beyond a general understanding of what it means to “pay attention”.
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  • What Is Non-Verbal Learning Disorder?

    Caroline Miller, Editorial Director, Child Mind Institute

    This is the first in a series of articles about non-verbal learning disorder developed in collaboration with Winston Preparatory School, a New York area school that has taken a leading role in working with students with the disorder.
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  • How Can We Help Kids With Non-Verbal Learning Disorder?

    Caroline Miller, Editorial Director, Child Mind Institute

    Kids who have non-verbal learning disorder have a wide variety of learning challenges. All of them involve trouble recognizing patterns, but there are many different kinds of patterns they may have trouble with: visual patterns, social patterns, abstract reasoning, math concepts, organizational skills.
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Winston Preparatory School is a leading school for students with learning disabilities, including dyslexia, executive functioning difficulties (ADHD) and non-verbal learning disorders (NVLD).

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