Category: General

Does your child need to be assessed for a learning disability?

on 11 June 2015

Your child is bright, confident and healthy. He loves school and making new friends, but you’ve noticed a gradual change in his enthusiasm for attending. You carry on asking him about his days, his friends and his activities, and mostly everything is positive. But some days he just seems defeated and can’t explain why.

For parents new to the school system it can be difficult to know what is a typical experience and what are signs that your child may be struggling. Report cards may show that your child is...

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October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month.

on 3 October 2016

Learning Disabilities Awareness Month is a time when people pay special attention to children and adults with learning disabilities.

One in 10 Canadians live with a learning disability. Some people may think that learning disabilities are due to a lack of intelligence or laziness. However, children with learning disabilities regularly have average to above average intelligence, but may have weaker neurological processes that can be strengthened through evidence-based instruction.

What does the...

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Interview with Dr. Vanessa Lapointe – Part One

on 25 June 2015

Dr. Vanessa Lapointe is a registered psychologist and the clinic founder of The Wishing Star Lapointe Developmental Clinic. She and other clinicians offer psychoeducational assessments as well as many other services at their clinic in Surrey, BC.

I recently had the opportunity to ask Dr. Lapointe some questions.

James Cameron School: What questions should parents ask their children’s teacher about the learning...

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Interview with Dr. Vanessa Lapointe – Part Two

on 9 July 2015

Here is part two of our interview with Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, registered psychologist and the clinic founder of The Wishing Star Lapointe Developmental Clinic. 

JCS: How does an assessment work?

Dr. Lapointe: Some clinics use a set battery, a set series that they administer to every single child. We do not.

We create the assessment based on what the referral questions are...

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The road to James Cameron School – Part One

on 23 July 2015

Navigating the school system and learning to advocate for your child’s education can be a struggle for many parents. Adding a suspected learning disability to the mix can make things even more difficult.

No one experience is the same. If you are trying to determine if your child has a learning disability, such as dyslexia, the road can be long and winding, full of detours or sometimes clear and direct. Whatever the case, we hope to give you some insight through the experiences of the following families in their...

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