Posts Tagged ‘Doc Meek’
It’s nothing short of tragic that Kevin Hickling’s great work for special needs children at Ability Camp may come to an end!
As a Neurological Learning Specialist I know how good Kevin’s Conductive Education and Hyperbarics are!
Please help Kevin continue to rescue children and adults if you are able!
Location: Picton, Ontario, CANADA (about 2.5 hours east of Toronto, Ontario, CANADA)
(Picton is across Lake Ontario from Rochester, NY)
- Doc Meek, Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA, Thurs, Nov 7, 2013
Here’s another huge FREE gift announcement from Pat Wyman of HowToLearn.com:
Enter to win $3,000 in school supplies and the Amazing Grades book for your favorite school
The URL (LINK) for the website for this contest is:
Nordic Naturals, the #1 fish oil company in the U.S., is sponsoring the What’s Essential(TM) School Supplies Giveaway September 20 – October 31, 2013.
To enter your favorite elementary, middle, or high school, click here.
Nordic Naturals, a global company based in Watsonville, CA, is committed to giving each generation what it needs to grow healthy and strong. That begins with exceptionally pure and fresh omega oils–essential for optimal health at any age.
Omega-3 fish oils are especially critical for children and students because of the many ways they support brain health.
In Amazing Grades, contributor Dr. Keri Marshall, Chief Medical Officer for Nordic Naturals, writes:
“Recent research suggests that the brain’s frontal lobe, which is associated with impulse control, planning, organization, and decision-making abilities, continues to grow well into a person’s twenties.
“We need all those skills to succeed in life, but especially to succeed in school.”
Dr. Marshall goes on to explain that extensive clinical research shows that the omega-3 essential fatty acids found in fish oil help nourish the brain and offer key benefits in these areas.
“This imbalance in the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats,” Dr. Marshall says in Amazing Grades, “can promote inflammation and may contribute to a variety of health problems, including attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, autism spectrum disorders, and other behavioral and psychological issues.
Attention and Behavior: In a University of South Australia clinical study, 132 children with ADHD between the ages of 7 and 12 who were not on medication were given fish oil capsules. At the end of the study, they were calmer, less impulsive, and showed improvements in attention, behavior, and vocabulary.
Higher Grades and Test Scores: Studies show that just the simple addition of cold-water fish to the diet once a week improves grades and leads to higher scores on intelligence tests.
Learning and Literacy: Improvements in verbal learning and spelling, better information retention, and even taking fewer sick days from school were some of the outcomes noted in a group of children who regularly took omega-3 fish oil supplements. That research was conducted with 355 children between the ages of 7 and 12.
Memory and Problem Solving: During pregnancy, mothers preferentially transfer their own stores of omega-3 to their developing babies. “Researchers have found that children whose mothers consumed enough of these healthy fats while pregnant are more likely to score higher on tests of memory function,” Dr. Marshall writes, “while other evidence suggests that babies who receive formula supplemented with EPA and DHA do better at problem-solving tasks than their peers.”
Lasting Benefits: Research also supports the fact that taking omega-3s has lasting cognitive benefits. Eighteen-year-olds who ate more fish at 15 outperformed their non-fish eating counterparts on tests of combined intelligence, verbal performance, and visiospatial performance.
Dr. Marshall summarizes, in Amazing Grades, “Studies like these demonstrate just how important it is to get omega-3s throughout childhood and adolescence. Yet most people aren’t getting anywhere near what they should. That’s why I and many health care experts recommend supplementing with omega-3s in the form of fish oil (algae oil if you’re vegetarian).”
Dr. Marshall recommends Nordic Naturals award-winning supplements for children because of their exceptional purity and freshness, delivery systems kids enjoy (gummies, chewable soft gels and liquids), and great taste.
To read more of Dr. Marshall’s article, enter your school in the Nordic Naturals What’s Essential School Supplies Giveaway and win a copy of Pat Wyman’s best-selling book Amazing Grades for your school library!
Founder, www.HowToLearn.com (707) 837 8180
Best selling author, Amazing Grades; Spelling Made Easy and more - Amazon Author Page
College Professor for teachers”Be ashamed to die before you have won some victory for humanity.” Horace Mann”There are two ways to live your life; one as if nothing is a miracle, and the other as if everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein
Call (587) 400-4707 right now to set up your FREE initial consultation with Dr. Meek, or click the banner below.
Image from: photobucket.com
Today I am full of gratitude for people like Jennifer Kahn, who asks, “”If everybody knows that test scores and grades aren’t the keys to success, how do we teach, and measure, the things that are?” – Doc Meek, Wed, Sept 11, 2013, Calgary, Alberta, CANADA
In an article in The New York Times, Education Issue, Sept 11, 2013, Jennifer Kahn outlines programs some schools and some teachers are successfully using to mitigate the damage caused by emotional trauma. It’s not just the emotional damage, it’s the educational damage! Thank you, Jennifer Kahn!
HERE IS THE LINK to Jennifer’s article:
THE EDUCATION ISSUE of The New York Times, September 11, 2013
Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught?
|Image from: Photobucket.com|
Today I am full of gratitude that I live in a literacy culture. I am so glad that my mother learned to read as a child. She is 95 years old now and can’t do many things, but she still enjoys reading! Even when she’s confined to her bed. – Doc Meek
In all my years as a learning disability specialist and educational therapist I can easily say that about 95% of the students I’ve seen in my 35+ years of teaching kids with reading problems have had reading fluency problems. Reading fluently describes how a skilled reader reads aloud.
Let me give you an example…I met Jason in March; he was in 4th grade. He had brown straight hair and a great smile, although he didn’t smile very often then. He was floundering; it took what seemed like ‘forever’ to read. He repeated, skipped, and substituted words when he read, too. It was painful to listen to his stilted repetitive reading. His classmates were zooming right past him. His mom Kate was losing sleep over what to do and how to help him. She had already been told by the school that Jason would most likely be held back.
Kate, at a loss for what to do contacted me and told me what was going on. First I reassured her that there was much that she could do as a parent to help Jason. Then we got started.
I knew we needed to work quickly to get his reading level up so that he wouldn’t be held back. One of the keys to Jason’s improvement was reading fluency training which helped him to sound out words more quickly and read accurately without repeating, skipping or substituting words. By the end of his third session of specific fluency activities he had already improved his reading speed and accuracy. Within several days he went from 30 words per minute to 60 words per minute. His confidence soared.
What Causes Reading Fluency Problems
Reading problems are typically due to a combination of learning skills, areas of perception, that aren’t working as well as they could, should, and can. And you can have a reading problem without having dyslexia or a learning disability.
So, what specifically was going on with Jason?
Jason did not have an actual learning disability or dyslexia. What Jason did have was a variety of areas of perception (visual, auditory, and tactile/kinesthetic) that weren’t working as well as they could have been which impacted his ability to read fluently.
|Pat Wyman, The Center for New Discoveries in Learning, Inc., 4535 W. Sahara Ave., Suite 200, Las Vegas, NV 89102Unsubscribe | Change Subscriber Options|
|Image from: Photobucket.com
School counselors and psychologists tell about the huge number of students referred to them for suspected learning disabilities, only to discover that a large percentage of these students simply lack organizational skills.
Parents are totally dismayed because they try to keep everything organized, but they aren’t at school to oversee organization, when it seems to matter most.
Why Is This Happening?
There are three main reasons students have trouble staying organized:
They have too much “stuff.” Most students have 12 to 16 different folders and notebooks to keep track of across a whole lot of transitions: from home, in the car/bus, to school, in the locker, back into the book bag, into class, back to the locker, and then home again. (Elementary students may only have a half dozen folders, but that’s still five more than they should have!)
Everything looks alike. When those folders and notebooks are stacked in the locker or book bag, they all look the same!
Any time students are managing papers, they are in a hurry. Whether they are rushing out of class at the end of an hour, rushing from their locker at the end of the day, or rushing to finish their homework at home, they are always in a hurry.
Let’s Relate This to Our Lives as Adults
Imagine having 12 to 16 different email accounts to maintain every day. Imagine if you were expected to log into each account several times each day, respond to emails and retrieve old/sent emails at the snap of a finger? It would be overwhelming to transition between them quickly.
However, this traditional system is actually creating the problem. The sheer volume of folders and notebooks (not to mention textbooks and workbooks) makes it hard for students to find the right ones, especially when they are in a hurry!
|Pat Wyman, The Center for New Discoveries in Learning, Inc., 4535 W. Sahara Ave., Suite 200, Las Vegas, NV 89102|
Thank you, Pat Wyman and Susan Kruger!
Doc Meek, Saturday, August 31, 2013, at Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA
Today I am full of gratitude for women and mothers and grandmothers everywhere. They make the world work. I am also grateful for Janelle Cox, Elementary Education Guide, for her back-to-school guest newsletter below.
- Doc Meek, Mon, Aug 26, 2013, Calgary, Alberta, CANADA
“Today I am full of gratitude for those who make it more possible for girls the world over to receive a proper education.”
– Doc Meek, Fri, Aug 23, 2013, Calgary, Alberta, CANADA
|Sign Up | Donate | Take Action | Contact Us1800 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036
© United Nations Foundation