Back to school – Season 5 Special Event! Our host Dr. Richard Selznick kicks off our Fall season with an outstanding interview.

Franklin, age 8, can build wonderful Lego cities. He is also a fount of information when it comes to anything in nature – he can talk about swamps like no one’s business. The problem is Franklin has a little understood difficulty that causes him (and others around him), a great deal of frustration, particularly in school. Franklin shows processing speed problems which results in a great deal of inefficiency.
Completing worksheets, carrying out multiple-step tasks and performing any writing activities is brutal.
I evaluated Franklin and he was sluggish in practically everything that required a degree of efficiency. Tasks that normally took five minutes, took nearly 15 or 20. On paper and pencil processing speed measures, Franklin only scored in the 10th percentile (compared with his 90th %ile verbal and spatial thinking).
Teacher s were sure he was “ADHD,” but a period on simulant medication did not seem to have much of an effect on him.

Poor Franklin just couldn’t keep up in school and he was getting frustrated each day, as he had to bring home work that he couldn’t complete in school.

Dr Selznick is excited to be talking about the Franklins of the world with Dr. Ellen Braaten, author of “Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up” on my internet radio show, “School Struggles.” Dr. Braaten is a psychologist and director of the Learning & Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Here’s a quote from Dr. Braaten’s wonderful book:

braatenProcessing speed isn’t a one-dimensional concept. It’s not just about how fast received, or how fast we write or how fast we can process what we’ve heard. It’s really a combination of all those factors. In fact, processing speed deficits can be observed in visual processing, verbal processing and motor speed. Problems in one or more of these areas can manifest and problems with academic fluency and general difficulties….In every day life there is a cost to processing everything more slowly.
My interview with Dr. Braaten will take place over two sessions. Within the first, she will discuss some of the more common variables with processing speed weaknesses and in the second, she will discuss different aspects of how parents and teachers can approach children with processing speed weaknesses.

This two part special event will air on 9/2 and 9/3 at 8:00 p.m E/5:00 pm P

To listen to the interviews click on the links below.

Part 1 – Dr Ellen Braaten


In Part I Dr. Ellen Braaten author of “Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up” discusses many of the signs and symptoms of children with “processing speed” or sluggish cognitive tempo.  Dr. Braaten highlights the many factors that can affect processing speed and what to watch for at home and in the classroom

Part 2 – Dr Ellen Braaten

In Part 2, Dr. Braaten and Dr. Selznick discuss ways to help children who show processing speed problems.  Dr. Braaten presents many down-to-earth ideas about these children.  She will also highlight her model of the “Three A’s of Processing Speed.”

Go to Dr Richard Selznick’s show page for upcoming and archived shows

Read all of Dr Selznick’s outstanding writings and interviews on his website www.shutdownlearner.com

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