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Bonnie Terry Assessment Tool
Branson Academy

Children's Software Online
Little Giant Steps




Beacon College

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Many intelligent individuals have learning disabilities.  These individuals need to learn how to tap into learning strategies which help them process, retain, and transfer knowledge and information.  If you are an individual with a specific learning disability you are in the company of many prominent individuals. Famous people in all walks of life, from government to entertainment,  have dealt with learning disabilities or dyslexia or ADD/ADHD:  Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, dyslexia; fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger, dyslexia; former NFL quarterback Terry Bradshaw, AD/HD; and Virgin Records CEO Richard Branson, dyslexia.

Students with learning disabilities process information differently. These students need to receive information in a manner that makes sense to them. It is okay to process information differently.  It is not okay is to have to struggle within traditional learning environments to makes sense of the content and the knowledge, to bring that information into the student’s schema.  Too often the typical, large-classroom lecture setting at many universities plunges the student with learning disabilities into a downward spiral of juggling information and figuring out or trying to figure out how to grasp the information. This is the point where Beacon College shines in bringing that information home to students who have learning disabilities.

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BT Assessment Tool

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Bonnie Terry, M.Ed., BCET has been an educator, learning disability specialist, and educational therapist since 1973. She is a popular national and international speaker and is also one of the top experts in the country in helping identify students with learning disabilities/learning difficulties. At-Risk/Low Achieving/Learning Disability/Learning Difficulty/Dyslexia Screening Tool is an assessment tool designed to provide a better understanding of specific learning problems, learning difficulties, dyslexia and learning disabilities that students may encounter. Ms. Terry notes in the book that “…even the most dedicated and devoted teachers and parents often misinterpret a learning difficulty or a learning disability as a behavioral problem.” The Screening Tool explains how learning challenges impact the learning process. 

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Branson Academy
Review by Danica Davidson

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Homeschooling can be an intimidating matter for many parents, but luckily Branson Academy is there to help. With more than twenty-five years’ experience, the people at this academy know what they’re doing, and deal entirely with students learning at home, whether it is independent study, unschooling or homeschooling.

“A child’s training and teaching begins at home,” say the people of Branson Academy.  “The first smile, the first step, the first words are accomplished because of the efforts of loving parents. Home-based education allows parents to continue that close relationship, sharing values, strengthening their children’s hearts and minds, and preparing them to be independent, self- sufficient and responsible adults.”

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fresh    Children's Software Online
Review by Natasha Pirtz

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If you are looking for educational computer software that’s fun, exciting and appropriate for your child, then you should experience Children’s Software Online (CSO) on the web at www.ChildrensSoftwareOnline.com. They approach the children’s software industry in a different way. With over 700 software titles, one would think ordering would be overwhelming. However, it’s not, because CSO provides guidance to their customers in more ways than one. Their website is very user friendly, with NO academic pricing forms to fill out or other requirements; you can search for software by age or by subject so there is less time searching and more time comparing the products you are interested in. If you are not sure what you want and don’t know what titles to pick, which can be the hardest task of all, you can contact their “Ask Our Expert” email service and they will help you decide what will be the most beneficial for your child.

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Little Giant Steps – Drug-Free Help for the Learning Disabled of Any Age

Many homeschooling families come to homeschooling due to having a child diagnosed with one or another learning disability or learning challenge. As one develops experience with the testing, evaluation and diagnostic process, one’s awareness grows that what seems to be missing in the equation is a holistic or global approach to the biological child. Each body is a group of integrated systems working together, or not, rather than a group of isolated systems, each one functioning without reference to the others. It becomes apparent that a new way of seeing learning disabilities is called for.

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