Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Empowered Learning

Learning disabilities and neurologically-based processing problems and we are starting to learn more and more 

about them as the years go on. The most common learning disabilities are dyslexia, ADHD,Dyscalculia, 

Dysgraphia, and Processing Deficits, but there are many others that are not as common. According to PBS

“Close to half of the secondary students currently identified as learning disabled are more than three grade levels 

behind in essential academic skills. And it’s widespread. Roughly 2.4 million students — that’s more than the 

entire population of Houston, Texas — are known to strugglewith it.” 

So, what types of learning disabilities are there and what can we do about them? Keep reading to find out 


Auditory Processing Disorder

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is also known as Central Auditory Processing Disorder. People with APD do 

not recognize differences between sounds in words. They can find it difficult to tell where sounds are coming from

and have trouble blocking out background noise. An interesting fact about APD is that people with Auditory 

Processing Disorder can have completely normal hearing and when that happens, it is just a 

problem with the understanding aspect/their brain.


Dyscalculia is a pretty common learning disability. Individuals that have this have a hard time understanding 

numbers and learning math facts. They also may have poor comprehension of math symbols, and may 

struggle with memorizing numbers, and telling time.


Fine motor skills and handwriting comes into play with this learning disabilities. Some signs may be 

illegible printing and/or cursive writing, mixtures of print and cursive, upper and lowercase, irregular sized writing, 

etc., inconsistent spacing between words and letters, has difficulty thinking and writing at the same 

time, has an unusual grip on a pencil, and exhibits strange wrist, body, and paper position.


Dyslexia, or Language-Based Learning Disability is a more commonly known learning disability compared to 

some of the others. This disability affects reading and language-based processing skills. It can affect 

reading fluency, decoding, reading comprehension, writing, spelling, and more.

Language Processing Disorder

Language Processing Disorder is a specific type of Auditory Processing Disorder. This type of disorder 

makes it difficult to sound groups that form words, sentences, and stories.

Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities

Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities commonly comes by NLD, or NVLD. It is a disorder characterized by a 

significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.

Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit

This disorder affects the understanding of information that a person sees, or the ability to draw or copy. A 

characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD, it can result in 

missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, 

holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.


Most everyone knows about ADHD. It is a disorder that makes an individual have trouble staying focused 

and paying attention. One fact that is not commonly known is that it can also be difficult to control behavior with A

DHD, which is why hyperactivity is another common symptom. ADHD is not always perceived as a 

learning disability, but research shows that about 30-50 percent of individuals with ADHD also have a 

learning disability. Combined, learning is extremely challenging, but not impossible.


Muscle control difficulty is the major symptom when it comes to Dyspraxia. This can cause problems with 

movement and coordination, language and speech, and can affect learning, as well. It is also commonly 

associated with dyslexia, dyscalculia, and/or ADHD.


Memory is huge when it comes to learning disabilities and everyday life, as well. There are three types of 

memory that are important when it comes to learning: working memory, short-term memory, and long-term 

memory. All three of these are used in the processing of both verbal and non-verbal information.

According to Empowered Learning Transformation Centers, “Research and developments in neurology over the

last 30 years have shown that the brain is not static and can be rewired (neuroplasticity). This has 

validated the ELTC approach of effectively “rewiring” the brain by increasing and strengthening the neural 

pathways, which has a positive effect on an individual’s ability to learn.” Success for a student with learning 

disabilities requires a focus on individual achievement, progress, and learning, and that is what Empowered 

Learning Transformation Centers offers to their students. Led by Co-Founders Peter Riddle and Dr. Richard A. 

Reutter, The Empowered Learning Program is being used in three Empowered Learning Transformation Centers 

and has a 90+% success rate, which is validated by pre- and post-program testing over the span of 

fifteen years. “The Empowered Learning™ Program is an exclusive combination of “outside-the-box” 

educational and medical technologies that works on the brain’s processing abilities, directly affecting 

underdeveloped cognitive, visual and sensory-motor functions and literally changing the brain physically as it

eliminates barriers to learning.”

President and Co-Founder, Peter Riddle is a recognized expert in the self-development field, parental 

involvement in children’s learning, and strategies that facilitate learning where traditional classroom methods 

have failed.

For more information you can also follow on their social media pages:


Market Fresh Salmon & Chicken For Maximus

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Thanks to  Maximus got to try some Fussie Cat Market Salmon & Chicken Grain Free Cat Food. When I first checked it out online, I was excited for him to try it because it said that it is made with fresh ingredients, that's important to me for him!

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It comes in several flavors which is great because cats are like us, they don't always like everything! I had fed Maximus some salmon that my husband had cooked as a little treat for him and he loved it, so I knew he would like this flavor.

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It's packed with flavor because he chowed it down! He loved it and that made me extremely happy because it's high in protein and vitamins. It also contains Omega 3 & Omega 6 fatty acids.

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If you have a picky cat when it comes to food, give this a try! Maximus loved it, and you'll love the fact you are giving your kitty something he/she can benefit from with all of it's nutrients and vitamins! ships directly to your door in lightening speed so be sure to check them out for all your pet needs. 

Maximus needs a nap since he has a full belly! Thanks!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Taking Care of Your Skin!

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Taking care of your skin is extremely important and keeping it hydrated during the cold months is essential. There's nothing attractive about itchy skin from the cold weather drying you out! I end up not wanting to put any makeup on because it makes it feel worse. 

There's a few products I wanted to share with you that are currently helping me out this season! They are the newest products from Lady Soma.

First is the toner made with sea salt and bee pollen.

I have large pores and this is specifically formulated to help close pores and rebalance the levels of pH in your skin. It's hypoallergenic so even those with the touchiest of skin can use this! It's extremely easy to use, I simply pour it on a cotton swab, no mess no fuss! 

The next item is my favorite because it's extremely moisturizing and smells amazing! It's the Ocean Mineral Restorative Moisturizer and offers a clean scent.

This not only helped keep my skin moisturized but it also helped fill in some of the fine lines I've noticed appearing around my eyes. It's consistency is like a thick cream, not runny at all and goes on smooth. It's easy to blend in and leaves your face feeling smooth and smelling great.

Of course we can't forget about their lip balm!

I'm the type of person that wears lip balm all year long. The mint tingle lip balm that they offer not only helps my lips keep moisturized but it also has a minty tingle. It's filled with antioxidants and goes on smooth. Easy twist bottom lends you a hand with keeping it at just the right amount.

All of their  products are made in the USA. They use small batch production, which means they produce products in small batches every three months to ensure the freshest quality. The manufacturing facility in Oregon is powered using 80% wind energy, and 15% solar power energy. 

They are extremely eco friendly so you can be sure you are helping the environment while helping your skin!

Thursday, March 15, 2018


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Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times

"You'd be hard-pressed to overstate the extent to which fear, anxiety, and worry permeate our lives today. Fear wreaks havoc on our relationships and communities. It leads us into making bad decisions. It holds us back from the very pursuits that promise fulfillment and joy. 

Making matters worse, not a week goes by when some new threat or calamity isn't dominating the headlines. Why are there so many tragedies? we wonder. What will happen next?

As the senior pastor of a large, diverse church in America's heartland, Adam Hamilton has seen the cost of fear up close. When he surveyed his congregation on how fear affects them, 2,400 people responded--and what they said was eye-opening. Eighty percent admitted to living with moderate or significant levels of fear.
Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times is Reverend Hamilton's insightful and impassioned response. 

Drawing on recent research, inspiring real-life examples, and fresh biblical insight, Hamilton shows how to untangle the knots we feel about disappointing others, failure, financial insecurity, loneliness, insignificance, and aging. Then he helps readers understand and counter fears related to such outsize perils as terrorism, death, and the apocalypse.
Writing with generosity and intelligence, Hamilton shows how believer and unbeliever alike can develop sustaining spiritual practices and embrace Jesus's recurring counsel: "Do not be afraid." For anyone struggling with fear or wondering how families and communities can thrive in troubled times, Unafraidoffers an informed and inspiring message full of practical solutions."
This book is for anybody who has ever doubted themselves, felt that their fears were more than themselves and that there wasn't any other person going through what they were/are going through. Very easy to read, turn by turn this book offers insight to people that need it, want it and are willing to accept it.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Grace Revealed

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Grace Revealed

"You can’t escape the inevitable crises that will face you throughout your lifetime. Whether it’s health problems, emotional issues, career challenges, gut-wrenching losses, or other failures, these experiences can destroy your morale and lead you into despair. Some crises may be a result of your own choices, while others may be completely out of your control. Whatever the source, there is a lasting solution that comes to you free of charge from above: God’s amazing grace.
In Grace Revealed, you will:
—Experience real-life stories of others who discover they are not alone and that relief is within their grasp.
—See how devastating afflictions can be overcome through faith in Jesus and His love, mercy, and grace.
—Learn how God’s grace transforms lives and leads you into enduring and rewarding Christian service.
—Be inspired to encourage others who are suffering but cannot seek help on their own.
Read these undeniable, modern-day examples of God’s loving grace and its transformative power, and discover that God is always present in your time of need."

This book is very well written. I was able to clearly understand the point without underestimating its worth! There are personal reflection parts in the book that really make you think and are so beneficial to the reader. We all need an uplifting read from time to time!

The author:

Fred Sievert is a speaker, author, and former president of New York Life Insurance Company. Following his early retirement at age fifty-nine, Sievert attended Yale Divinity School and received a master's degree. Sievert remains actively engaged in his greatest passions, which include speaking and writing about his faith, mentoring young executives, and serving as a lay leader of his church and on the boards of several organizations with missions well-aligned with his beliefs and values. Fred and his wife have five grown children, three grandchildren, and reside in East Falmouth, Massachusetts.