Help for the Special Journey

Sep 27, 2018 | Posted by Jennifer


The month of October is filled with special observances from the silly to the serious. For example, the month claims to be, among other things, National Positive Attitude Month. Other observances include Bullying Prevention Month, National Sarcastic Awareness Month, and International Dinosaur Month. Among this plethora of observances, though, is one that is especially significant to me—Learning Disabilities Awareness Month.

According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities, one out of every five children in the United States has either a learning disability or ADHD. So, assuming a classroom size of twenty-five students, five of the students in that classroom will struggle to learn due to a learning disability. That’s a huge percentage! In order to properly meet these students’ unique needs, we need to provide an educational approach that works and allows each student to achieve his or her potential.

For my family and me, the numbers are real people. Two of my three children are diagnosed with learning disabilities. Having a learning disability does not mean a child is unintelligent. Often, it is just the opposite! But by having a learning disability, the child affected struggles to learn information, retain it, and maintain the same rate of educational growth as peers.

Fortunately I had already discovered IEW curriculum before my children were officially diagnosed. Having used IEW with my oldest child and seen such wonderful growth in his writing and communicating skills it made perfect sense for me to use IEW with my younger children too. Following the EZ+1 approach to adding skills, I took each of my special learners through many IEW programs, being sure to move at their individual paces. It has paid dividends, too. All three of my children are now in college and are doing very well. They just needed to be taught in a manner in which they could learn.

Do you have special learners in your home or classroom? Don’t despair. We have many programs that will help them experience success. If you are new to IEW, I suggest you first explore our web page dedicated to special needs. On it you will find curriculum, blog posts, podcasts, webinars, and articles that will inform and empower you to help your struggling learners succeed. Take a tour of the page, and when you are ready, explore some curriculum options for your students. Some of the products you may want to consider include the following:

Having a student who struggles to learn can be daunting, but don’t let it get you down. Equip yourself with information by becoming educated about your student’s needs, and then explore what IEW has to offer. We earnestly desire to help parents and teachers meet their students’ needs―all students, including those who struggle! And if you find you need additional support, contact us. We are always very happy to help you help your students succeed.


Jennifer Mauser has always loved reading and writing and received a B.A. in English from the University of Kansas in 1991. Once she and her husband had children, they decided to homeschool, and she put all her training to use in the home. In addition to homeschooling her children, Jennifer teaches IEW classes out of her home, coaches budding writers via email, and tutors students who struggle with dyslexia.

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