The Learning Hawk--a GIVEAWAY!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Moms, turn up your ears. I have some super cool and important information for you. (Not to mention a super cool giveaway!)

Does your child struggle with a learning disability or sensory processing issue? Does your child fight you when it comes time to get homework done? Are you ever frustrated with the education system in your town/state/country?

Do you wish you had better tools to help you help your child succeed? Does a loved one struggle with dyslexia? Auditory processing? A.D.D.?

Do you simply want your child to find joy in learning and develop his gifts and become a successful adult?

I know I want this for Peter and Zoë. I know you want the best for your kids too. I'm anxious to see what school will be like once my children are old enough to attend. What will they struggle with? What will be their favorite subject? Who will I turn to when they are having a problem?

I have the answer to all these questions. Her name is Karla Jay and she is FABULOUS!! She is THEE Learning Hawk.

Karla has been a speech pathologist for 26 years with an undergraduate emphasis in special education and psychology. She worked in the public schools, taught in Bolivia, and has run a private practice for the last 24 years which evolved into a non-profit learning center called "U CAN LEARN". The focus of the center is on answering the "why" part of learning--as in, "Why can't my smart child learn that?"

Karla is a triathlete, with great energy and passion. Her passions include: traveling, gardening, writing women's fiction novels and she loves every aspect of children's education.

How great is it that there is someone so darling and smart and experienced out there who has the tools to help your child succeed in school?? And right at your fingertips!

Karla has just launched her new website--THE LEARNING where she addresses all of these issues and more. You can ask her personal questions about your child, watch her videos where she discusses child behavioral issues and learning, etc, etc, etc. She's the bomb! And did I mention she has a great sense of humor?

Look--Here's what's about to go down. You are going to go over to the Learning Hawk and subscribe to her blog. I mean, why wouldn't you? Every child and parent needs help in this arena. There is always room for improvement. And why  not educate yourself? Then you are going to go to her facebook page and like it. Next, you are going to leave a comment on my blog telling me you did those two things AND THEN you will leave a question for Karla ON MY BLOG.

What do you want to ask her? Anything about your child's behavior, learning, reading, school, friends--you get the picture.

If Karla chooses to answer YOUR QUESTION you will receive a $100 GIFT CARD TO


A FREE dyslexia evaluation (transferable to a friend if your child does not need it)--1.6 hours of processing testing to determine how your child learns.. (If you live in Utah)

You can still enter the contest and receive the gift card no matter where you just won't get the consultation for your child (unless you want to make the trip).

Got it?

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Leave a comment on this blog with your question for Karla.

Ready? Set. Go!



  1. I think I did everything right that we are supposed to. My question is: how young do you start testing for learning disabilities? My little grandson is 2 1/2 and seems to be learning ok, although he isn't talking as well as some children who are the same age. His cute little mom has a learning disability (reading comprehension and a bit of dyslexia). Both parents sometimes wonder if their little son may have the same thing. We love this little guy so much and want what is best for him so the earlier we know, the better. Thanks to Karla and thanks to Molly for being so kind and caring !!

  2. Check. Check. How do you talk to your child about developing differently than the other children without hurting her?

  3. Thanks for this Molly! I am looking forward to checking and learning from Karla's blog!

  4. My daughter is 6 1/2. She has been in the Special Education system from age 3. She was diagnosed with Reversed Cerebral Dominance by the Audiologist in our school district-it is so rare, my husband and I didn't really feel this was the right diagnosis. Her IEP-is just falling under "Processing problems"

    She is in kindergarten and as the demand is getting higher mentally I am worried she will fall further behind-but in other areas she is brilliant? I just finished reading The Gift of Dyslexia by Ronald D. Davis. I bought it after returning from a weekend away at the end of Dec. and finding a letter she had written me with every single letter written backwards! Every letter. That seems much harder than writing the way she has learned? HELP! Liked both pages :)

  5. This is amazing. Thanks for linking us to this wonderful resource, Molly!
    I've subscribed to the blog and liked Karla's facebook page...and my question is regarding my 6 year old daughter, Isabella. She has a rare genetic syndrome called Kabuki, which, among many other things, has left her with a sensory processing disorder which causes her to have irrational fears and anxieties about typically benign things. Some of her fears have come and gone over the years, and most have been related to a sound or a texture that she has had an adverse reaction to, but lately she is having severe anxiety over movies (dvds), which is so hard to understand because she used to LOVE to watch movies. Now she refuses to look at or be near dvd cases (even her once favorite Disney classics) and has serious physical reactions if somebody puts a movie on while she is nearby, including screaming, crying, shaking, turning pale, etc. She can't explain to me what it is about movies and dvd cases that she is afraid of. She has become quite obsessed with the issue, talking about and asking about movies all the time and constantly asking if we are planning on renting any movies or if she has to watch any movies in school in the near future. She has other fears like this (little figurines she used to play with endlessly, balloons, etc) and they are starting to interfere with school, as she must be taken out of the room if the class is watching movies or working with one of the things that trigger her fears. I would love to know what the best way to handle this would be. I do not push the fear inducing stimuli upon her and I try not to get angry or frustrated when she shows fear towards something I don't understand, but I would love to help her become less afraid of these things so they don't stress her out and interfere with her learning and her play. Thanks for considering my question!

    1. Have you tried taking her off gluten? A good friend of mine has a daughter that had very similar, some exactly the same, as your daughter. She had read a lot about the effects gluten has on some and so she took her daughter off gluten for a month and saw HUGE improvements. To be sure, she put her back on gluten for a month and knew for sure that that was causing all of these hardships for her daughter. It might be worth trying and could be an easy fix. Just a thought. Good luck! : )

    2. Have you tried taking her off gluten?

      I would recommend reading this article. It sounds. A lot like what your daughter struggles with.

  6. Did both. Honestly, I was reading on and I think I may have found some new information for my 6 1/2 year old son. He has been diagnosed ADHD, but after reading some information on CAPD, I think he has that maybe as well or even instead. He have done MANY hearing tests and currently has tubes in his ears due to ear infections. I even saw a book for kids she recommended on her site about ADD/ADHD and I bought it right away. What a great resource!!

    My question is: is there a testing process we have to go through for CAPD? And if so, where do I start?

  7. Thanks Molly for doing something like this that will help our children learn. I too have liked Karla's Facebook page and I also subscribed to her amazing blog.

    This excites me a lot because my 8 year old daughter had a not so good Kindergarten teacher, and she has been struggling a lot. I guess my question would be is it because she didn't learn the proper resources in kindergarten? Or is there something else lacking for her in her learning?

    Thanks again :) this is really great!

  8. I subscribed and liked. My son is 14. He was diagnosed with ADHD in 1st grade. We took him to the Dr. after I visited with his teacher at Parent Teacher Conference and she CRIED. My son is smart kid, but he struggled in school behaviorally, academically and socially. He was always very difficult at home too. After consulting with the Dr., we decided to start giving him Ritalin. Since then, he has done quite well in school and seems to be doing great socially too. It makes a huge difference when practicing his cello. He has a much easier time being responsible and helping out. And, he is much less argumentative. He even agrees that he does better and likes himself better when he is on the medication. Overall, the Ritalin has had a very positive affect on my son. But, there has been so much negative said about kids taking drugs in order to behave and focus in school. Because of that, I have always had this nagging feeling that maybe we made the wrong decision, and we should just take him off the Ritalin. What are your thoughts on this? Thank you! :)

  9. Thank you so much for sharing this!! We are in the process of diagnosis with my 7.5 year old son, we/his doctor believe that he has ADHD and possibly some sensory processing issues.

  10. What a great opportunity. I have liked and subscribed. Now for the question. I have a child with a rare chromosome duplication (similar to autism). He (age 12) struggles with mood regulation(anxiety, depressive disorder, ODD), low muscle tone and physical delay, processing abstract ideas (difficult in math), speech - expressive - answering compound questions that require reflection and emotion, and so much more. Where do I begin. :) One question I have revolves around teaching social skills and controlling angry responses. Because he has anxiety, expressive speech is a challenge, and he prefers to be home rather than in groups, how do I help him understand why it is important to work on social skills and help him gain a desire to put himself out there? How can I help him develop those skills? (We've tried many things, just wondering about your thoughts.) How can we get him to understand that he needs to speak to people (mostly at home) kindly and talk respectfully rather than yelling when he doesn't want to do something? We use a variety of homeopathic options as well as medication. The piece we need help with his more of the behavior therapy. Thanks so much.

  11. This is great!!! I'm excited to look over her sight more. So after reading the other questions I feel very blessed and feel like my question is small in comparison. I do not have children who have been diagnosed with any severe learning disabilities. But, my second child, a boy is going to be starting kindergarten this coming fall. I have done some reading and am starting to heavily consider holding him back. He will be turning 5 this month. He is bright and active. Very social. According to his preschool teachers he is ready for kindergarten. However, he has a different learning style then my other two children. He is more visual and at times doesn't seem to grasp things as quickly. My concern comes from research I have read in "Boys Adrift" and in "Outliers" that seems to indicate being older when starting school gives a child - especially a boy - significant advantage throughout life in many areas. Also, that some researchers believe we are seeing a higher incidence of ADHD and ADD because we are pushing boys too quickly in school and they are just not ready. Their brains are not ready. So my questions is, do you think it is wise to hold him back a year? I have some concerns in doing so - like will he seem socially too far ahead, he will be 19 when he graduates and now that mission age has changed to 18 I wonder if that will effect him, etc? It's really stressing me out so I'd like some added input. Thanks!!

    1. Meg, I'm not the expert answering your question, but I am a Mom of 4 boys. I had my 3rd son repeat kindergarten because he was really struggling. It was the best decision I've ever made, he is now in 1st grade and doing well for 1st grade standards but would be drowning in 2nd grade! I think with boys it is better for them to have a little extra maturity! Just my 2 cents, for what it's worth :)

  12. So awesome!! Okay, so my son (10 years old) is severly hearing impaired. He has top of the line hearing aids and an FM system that we purchsed ourselves. He currently has a individual learning plan, but the school continues to place him in with special education kids. Becuase he learns a great deal (especially language) by imitation, he needs to be with peers that are on his educational level (his ONLY disability is is hearimg impariment). The school has consistently tried to reclassify him as either speech impaired (his mild language delay is a symptom of his disability), or learning disabled (he is on par with kids his age - he does not have a learning disability). We ALWAYS fight this. I know that they do this becuase they have funding and services for these programs, but in the end it negatively impacts my son. How do I get the school to provide REGULAR education for special needs instead of trying to force him into a special education path?

  13. My cute little guy is struggling with reading. He was a preemie born 8 weeks early because he was gestationally too small and wasn't growing. He has struggled growing still. He is now 7 and in first grade, he is improving on his reading but is still very far behind from his grade level (we sent him to kindergarten at 6 since he had a summer birthday). He has been diagnosed as anxiety and OCD and is in resource to help him catch up to his age group which is helping calm down his anxiety as well. I just struggle in knowing what to do to help him learn to read better. He is so burned out with school work by the time he gets home frm school he often just needs time to decompress and be a kid but he really needs extra time on his school work. It's hard to know what to do for him.

  14. Subscribe to the Learning Hawk blog: check! Like on Facebook: check! I am so excited not only to read the post, but to learn about this website! I have 3 children. My 2 older children (6th and 9th grade) are straight A students. I never ask about homework, projects, tests, nothing!! They just come home with perfect grades. The baby of the family...she is a different story! She is in 4th grade. She has never really "enjoyed" school. She received her first "F" on her 2nd grade report card. (Honestly, who has ever heard of a 2nd grader getting an F?) Obviously, I was concerned. So rather than wait for the school, I had her tested. The psychologist informed me her IQ was near genius! I was convinced she had a learning disorder or a terrible 2nd grade teacher. For 3rd grade, I met with the principal and asked for the best possible teacher. She was pretty good, but not good enough to earn higher than C's. I was still concerned about my daughter. So I decided to home school for the 4th grade. I worked and worked my little heart out. We would review and review, study and study. And when it came time to take a test, it was like it was the first time she had ever heard or read some of the materials. I am going crazy. After 1 semester of home schooling, I send her back to the public school. Only for her to come home two weeks later of a progress report of C's and F's! I am wondering what my next step is? Do I have her tested again? Do I insist that there is a problem? Do I give up? (I'm kidding, I don't want to give up!) But I just don't know what the next step is. Her current teacher says that she really tries hard in class, participates, and turns in all of her assignments (even if they are done completely wrong.) It is like she has a retention problem. She cannot remember a THING!! Help!!

  15. I'm a long time reader, but a poor commenter :) I subscribed and liked. I have a very small 4.5 year old son has a fear/hatred of a specific sqiushy plastic. he is aware of it, and will take steps to avoid exposure to toys in that material. when playing at a new friend's house, he will very politely ask the parents if they have any plastic toys. does this qualify as any kind of sensory issue? what can we do to reduce his fear and anxiety? thanks so much for introducing this resource!

  16. I could not have clicked on your blog at a better time!! I was literally on the phone with my friend pouring out my frustrations with the school system and the troubles my son is having, and feeling very helpless! Thank you so much for posting this very important, very valuable information! I have a son who is 8 and in second grade. Near the end of 1st grade his teacher contacted me about having him evaluated for special education services. They said he seemed to be having a problem learning and was behind his peers, and could benefit by having extra help and services. The school did their evaluation and determined that he would qualify for speech services, and spending time in the resource room one on one. They determined that he had a Specific Learning Disability with emphasis on listening comprehension. He followed this for the rest of 1st grade, which was only a month, and into second grade this year. I got his report card last night and in all the subjects he is getting modified instruction in he has dropped at least 2 letter grades. In the subject he is not getting help in he went up 2 grades. My question to you is, can you give me a definition of Specific Learning Disablitiy as they have not, and any advice on the best way to help him learn. Thank you. Sarah

  17. I am following her blog and liked her on FB.

  18. I have a 7 year old son with a confirmed diagnosis of ADHD (by our pediatrician). He is a very intense personality and I would like some tools on how to deal with him. He is not currently medicated because he is functioning fine without it. But as Mom I feel like what I am doing isn't very effective and I would like some more ideas of how to help him and discipline him.

  19. Thank you for this valuable tool!! I sent the information to my daughter. She has a 2 and 1/2 year old son they adopted at birth, so we don't have access to family history. He is still not speaking, and was showing some concerning signs of autism, although at 2 it is hard for someone who is not a specialist to tell what is not normal behavior and what is just the fact that he is two. She has had him evaluated by two different specialists, and the most recent one (today) said that he shows no signs of autism whatsoever, but is just mildly delayed in speech. The other evaluator had asked many questions of my daughter, observed the child, and when she was told that the child still doesn't let them know when he has soiled his diaper, that it is a MAJOR red flag for autism and/or mild retardation. I have never heard of that being an indication of a child's mental capacity -- I think it would depend on whether the child was miserable with the dirty diaper and how involved he is in an activity that he doesn't want to take his attention away from. I would love to hear your take on this. Thanks so much. Chris

  20. Liked and followed.
    I have a 4 year old son whom I struggle with nearly every day. Diagnosis' have been thrown around. Anxiety? High functioning? ADHD?
    He is extremely irritable, hates changes, throws many a tantrum, reacts in fits if he disagrees, becomes "attached" to things and lacks that social connection with other kids his age.
    I am feeling on my last threads some days trying to find the best ways to help him cope with life and help me cope with his fits and moods.
    I would gladly take any advice on what he might possibly have or even just how best to deal with it.

  21. Liked and followed.
    I have an 8 year old daughter in the second grade. She struggles greatly in reading and recently her teacher told me she seems to be struggling in everything. She is very focused and determined to do well on her work but there is something that is just not connecting.
    I have had concerns for the past 2 year and all the teacher up until now have just told me she's average. She tends to turn words around and doesn't recognize words in a story that are on page after page. She continually mixes up constanant blends that are not the normal blends. She still struggles with vowel sounds/blends. We have worked with flash cards and she knows her sounds there but the transfer to words and sentences is not there.
    She is very frustrated because recognizes that whatever is going on is not normal. She doesn't enjoy school anymore when she sees her classmates finishing everything before her.
    She does get pulled out 2x's daily for extra reading help. The teachers were hoping that would help. She is currently only reading at a beginning 1st grade level. She is not showing progess but seems to be regressing. This seems to be the pattern, progress then regress in short periods of time.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  22. I also "Liked and Followed" and am thrilled to have access to any information that will aid our family! We have a 4 year old son, one of our twins, who struggles a great deal with anxiety, outbursts and OCD. For the past two years he has been receiving Speech and Occupational Therapy for delays in those areas and in October it was discussed that perhaps it was time to "take the bandaid off" and finally test him for Autism. I cried when we talked about it for several reasons, the twin aspect, the label issues and even my pride, but knew we needed to have the discussion. After his IEP meeting in Dec. we decided to wait until the end of the school year, implement some additional strategies and see how he progressed. I feel really good about the outcome of the meeting and the decisions that were made and look forward with ALOT of faith to see how he does! My question is, is what are your feelings about medicating for any of the issues that our son faces? Our current and biggest struggle is the anxiety combined with the OCD. I see the angst in his eyes and have wondered if perhaps medication might be helpful. I don't want to medicate, in fact I am a strong opponent to it, but I do wonder if it could help calm his head and ease his troubled heart. Your thoughts on this would be interesting and insightful. Thank you! Charlotte :)


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