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Hi friend! If you’re here, it probably means you’re looking for some content to help people with learning disabilities in some way. This is important to me too, so I want to thank you for your efforts on that front.

Helping those with learning disabilities is so important to me that I wrote a book for these unique learners. The book Unique Learner Solutions is out and can be purchased at my website http://UniqueLearnerSolutions.com/books/, on Amazon and many other book retailers.

This page is a jump-start to provide you with anything you might need to help spread the word about learning disabilities and the unusual solutions for unique learners that I provide in my book and free newsletter. You will find bios, information about the book, sample interview topics and interview questions, as well as a link to download the full Press kit. Please reach out if there is anything I can do to help! I look forward to returning the favor in any way that I can.

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Contact Information
In the News
Press Release
Author Bio
Book Bio
Unique Learner Solutions’ Table of Contents
Book Excerpt
What to Know to Sound Like You Read the Book
Book Benefits
Who Should Read
Sample Interview Topics
Interview Questions
For the Press
Download the Media Kit
Request a Review Copy
Photo Links
Press Contact
Trade Information

 

Contact Information

Suzanne Cresswell, Occupational Therapist and Author
Unique Learner Solutions
(530)244-7686
Suzanne [at] UniqueLearnerSolutions.com or click HERE.

In the News

Movement Therapy Interview on KRCR News Channel 7
Nancy’s Bookshelf (North State Public Radio)
Parenting ADHD and Autism Podcast: Interview with Penny Williams
Always a Lesson Podcast with Gretchen Schultek Bridgers
Parenting Footprint Podcast with Dr. Dan
10-Minute Teacher with Vicki Davis
Study Tips for College Students with Dyslexia and Dysgraphia

 

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 15, 2017

Redding, California: It is not that the six million children who are part of the special education system can’t learn. It is that they learn in a different way. Suzanne Cresswell, an occupational therapist with over 30 years of working with children with learning challenges, shares the surprising truth about what many of these students have in common in her new book, Unique Learner Solutions. (Hint: it has to do with the vestibular, proprioceptive and tactile sensory systems.)

Cresswell refers to this population as unique learners. Unique learners are people you know, work with, play with, and conduct business with. Maybe you have a boss, a roommate, a spouse, or a sibling who is a unique learner. “For most of these children and adults, it isn’t that they can’t learn, but rather that they learn in a way that is different from typical learners,” Cresswell said. The parents of these children agonize over how to help their unique learner. In Unique Learner Solutions, Cresswell explains what is hindering learning and what to do about it. Unique Learner Solutions is a guidebook and a self-help manual for autism, hyperactivity, dyslexia and other learning disabilities.

The number of children and youth ages 3–21 receiving special education services was 6.4 million, or about 13 percent of all public-school students, in the 2012–13 school year (the most recent data available from the National Center for Educational Statistics). Every year some of these students enter adulthood where they continue to struggle to different degrees. The learning differences of these students are a problem made even worse as they struggle to learn in the same way as everyone else learns and feel like a constant failure. Feelings of inferiority are only one by-product of the difficulties experienced by unique learners.

Unique learners make sense of the world in their own fashion. Frequently, they gather and collect information more quickly and in a whole picture fashion, leaving the more typical sequential thinker way behind. They draw unique and multiple conclusions based on data that the typical thinker may believe has only one logical outcome. Although their heightened sensitivities may sometimes seem to get in the way of learning, often these same sensitivities contribute to heightened awareness which ultimately allows them to make profound contributions that benefit us all.

Unique Learner Solutions: Suzanne Cresswell established Unique Learner Solutions as a division of her occupational and physical therapy practice, Cresswell Physical Therapy and Hand Rehabilitation, Inc., to provide parents and teachers with practical solutions. These solutions and strategies come straight from the work Suzanne does with students every day.

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Author Bio

Suzanne Cresswell Unique Learner Solutions (530)244-7686 Suzanne [at] UniqueLearnerSolutions.com or click HERE.

Suzanne Cresswell is an occupational and physical therapist who has worked with unique learners for over three decades. Suzanne works to educate and provide proven solutions and strategies to those that parent, instruct and work with unique learners. By creating an understanding of unique learners and their learning behavior, she helps parents, teachers and the students themselves find the ability in learning disability.

 

Book Bio

Unique learners struggle to do what others find simple. Their efforts to “try harder” don’t help. Their struggle isn’t a result of laziness or lack of trying. Rather, their struggle is literally inside their own brains and bodies.

When children struggle in school they often feel shame that they are not “normal”. The term learning disability reinforces their belief and suggests that they are unable to learn. Nothing could be further from the truth. They just learn in unique ways. The capabilities and talents of this population are frequently overlooked because their skills and abilities often don’t fit with the requirements of traditional education.

Unique Learner Solutions provides strategies that target what is really happening in the brains and bodies of unique learners. Parents and teachers can use these solutions to help their unique learner make significant improvement and make sense of the “why” behind their child’s behaviors and attitudes. This will not only make a difference in their scholastic world but also in their family life both now and in the future.

 

Book Table of Contents

  • It’s All About the VPT
  • Parenting or Teaching a Unique Learner
  • Calming the Chaos: Dealing with ADHD
  • Modulating the Brain: Dealing with Autism
  • The Core Problem: Dealing with Gross Motor Problems
  • The Small Things Matter: Dealing with Fine Motor Problems
  • Reading to Learn: Dealing with Reading Problems
  • Heroes and Other People Who Change the World

 

Book Excerpt

Introduction

Picture yourself at a train station in Italy with no knowledge of the language, no understanding of the train schedule or monetary system. You must be at a specific destination at a pre-established time to meet a friend. You stand in front of the ticket station having painstakingly entered what seems like nonsense words into your smartphone to translate. Although you have the skill and ability to do this, it requires strict attention and focus because it is a novel experience. On several occasions, you had to re-enter the information because of train station distractions. The man behind the counter is clearly growing increasingly irritated with you. The echo of the Italian voice on the loudspeaker, the bustle of the families gathering together and the persistence of the long lines at the information desks combine to challenge good concentration. People flow around you, jostling and speaking quickly, adding to your tension and confusion.

After what feels like a very long time, you finally decide which train you need and attempt to speak with an attendant. This involves more translation as he doesn’t speak English. You hesitate, unsure if you understand correctly. You debate returning to your hotel and simply calling off the trip altogether. Stress has you feeling irritable and worried. When you finally sink into your seat, you are exhausted.

Now imagine that chaos every day of your life.

For those fluent, or even proficient, in Italian, the difficulty seems ridiculous. In the same way, many adults cannot understand why the child in their life is unable to do the simplest thing. Simple to them, that is, in the same way that boarding a train in Italy is simple for one who speaks Italian.

This is the case for many children who are unique learners.

Parents and teachers have admitted that they fail to grasp the difficulty of their child’s day. Their coaxing to “try harder” and “just focus” is intended to help. The inability of the child to put the well-meaning advice into practice results in high levels of frustration for the child, the parent, and the teachers. Teachers are often focused on areas related to academics or behavior. The parents are often focused on problems with clumsiness or following directions. The child may have expressed difficulty with making friends and the three parties never realize that the underlying issues are all from the same root cause.

In my observations and treatment of hundreds of different unique learners, I have discovered some remarkable similarities between their behaviors. Nearly all of these learners have difficulty in a similar part of their brain and body system. The messages taken in through any portion of their sensory system can become compromised. The message cannot be coherently delivered to the brain. The brain, then, responds inappropriately. Input and output don’t work. The loop between the input to the brain through the sensory system and output by the body in an action taken doesn’t flow smoothly. This can happen when just one small developmental building block doesn’t fall properly into place.

Many of the differences in how these students learn is a problem made even worse when trying to learn in the same way everyone else learns. This book will help you develop your own strategies for teaching and parenting a unique learner. This book will help you realize that it is precisely these differences in how unique learners learn that can offer tremendous benefits to both the individual and to the world in which they live.

 

What to Know to Sound Like You Read the Book

Unique learners around the world have a few things in common. First, they learn in different ways from their peers. This is true whether the unique learner excels or struggles at school. Second, many unique learners have problems in their vestibular, proprioceptive and tactile sensory systems (VPT). Everyone is familiar with the sense of touch, or tactile system. Less familiar to people are the vestibular and proprioceptive sensory systems. The vestibular system is basically your sense of balance and the proprioceptive system is your sense of movement. These three systems are foundational to learning. When these developmental building blocks don’t fall into place properly, unique learners will struggle to effectively use their sense of sight and hearing, which provide the looking and listening ability so much a part of a typical classroom’s learning environment. Suzanne Cresswell, an occupational therapist who has worked with students with learning disabilities for over 30 years, provides parents and teachers with solutions to many of the issues faced by students with learning disabilities. Time management and organization for ADHD, creating an optimal learning environment for autistic learners, and improving eye tracking for dyslexic learners are a few examples of the practical solutions and strategies Cresswell provides in her book, Unique Learner Solutions.

 

Book Benefits:

• Learn about the VPT and why you need VPT processing to learn
• Deal with specific challenges in parenting or teaching a unique learner
• How calming the chaos helps ADHD
• Why modulating the brain matters in autism
• What is at the core of gross motor problems
• Why messy printing is really a fine motor problem
• How to deal with reading problems
• Why unique learners are heroes and how they can change the world

 

Who Should Read?

Unique Learner Solutions is a guide for parents and teachers who want solutions to help their unique learners improve their ability to function in the classroom, the home, in relationships and in their everyday life. Though chapters focus on ADHD, autism, dyslexia and fine or gross motor problems, if your child is struggling in school, but doesn’t have one of those specific issues, the solutions provided can still be a big help. For example, strategies in the gross motor chapter can greatly benefit those unique learners with fine motor challenges, sensory processing disorder, or ADHD.

 

Sample Interview Topics:

 

Why You Must Use “Detective Mode” to Understand Your Unique Learner.

Children do things for specific reasons, even when it doesn’t seem to make sense. The minute you assume that they are just acting out, you’ve lost the opportunity to really help. Detective mode as a non-judgmental observer can help your child more than almost anything else you can do.

 

Try Harder Doesn’t Work

This seems to be the number one assumption about unique learners from parents, teachers, and even themselves. It’s totally wrong. Try harder doesn’t work for unique learners. If they could have fixed the issue themselves, they would have. Unique learners must try different- because nothing else is working.

 

What Do Pinkie Fingers Have to Do With Reading?

Can improving your balance change how you view yourself in the world? Does improving eye-tracking make you better at math? There is a connection between the body and brain that must work properly for children to learn. That connection is the vestibular, proprioceptive and tactile sensory systems. When those aren’t working, children struggle to do what comes easily to others. The good news is that there are real strategies and solutions that can make all the difference.

 

Interview Questions:

  • What is really going on in the brain of a unique learner?
  • Is there a brain and body purpose behind the unusual things children with autism do?
  • What are the vestibular, proprioceptive and tactile systems (VPT systems) and why does dysfunction of any of these systems cause problems?
  • How can a parent or teacher take a fresh look at the challenges of guiding and parenting a unique learner?
  • How can you tell if your child’s actions are just bad behavior?
  • How can “detective mode” help parents and teachers learn how to mindfully observe students with learning differences?
  • What is the big deal about unique learners? Don’t they just have learning disabilities?
  • How can parents and teachers promote the most ideal brain mode for learning, especially for children with autism?
  • Can these unique learners contribute to society?
  • Why are some children so clumsy?
  • Does clumsiness, or gross motor in-coordination, really create a problem with the child’s ability to learn?
  • Are fine motor problems just students being lazy and needing to try harder?
  • What are the common gifts and challenges of children and adults experiencing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?
  • What developmental milestones are needed to develop fine motor control and what can I do if my child missed them?
  • How can these individuals with ADHD move from brain and body chaos to a state of coherence?
  • How can I get my child to care about reading?
  • Is self-regulation possible for individuals with ADHD?
  • Can visual processing exercises really help my child read better?

 

For the Press:

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Download The Media Kit

 

REQUEST A REVIEW COPY

Review copies are available upon request by emailing Suzanne [at] UniqueLearnerSolutions.com or click HERE.

 

PHOTO LINKS

Click HERE for a high resolution photo of Suzanne. Click HERE for a web ready photo of Suzanne. Click HERE for a high resolution photo of the front cover of the book or HERE for a web ready photo.

 

PRESS CONTACT

Julie Marsh, Marketing Consultant

(530)244-7686

Suzanne [at] UniqueLearnerSolutions.com or click HERE.

 

 

TRADE INFORMATION

TITLE: Unique Learner Solutions AUTHOR: Suzanne Cresswell PUBLISHER: Printopya DATE OF PUBLICATION: July 1, 2017 RETAIL PRICE: $14.99 US (Paperback) ISBN: 978-1-947165-04-5 PAGES: 187

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