As a youngster growing up in 70s, if I had struggled to retain facts, or to learn a second (more like third) language or did not grasp advance math or failed to finish the exam on time, I would have been lectured or yelled at. In that era, I would been reprehended for not trying hard enough or for not caring enough about my learning. Thankfully, the development in neuroscience and the deeper understanding of psychology of learning has opened our eyes to the possibilities that student’s learning difficulties may not stem from his/her stubbornness nor is it an indication of poor character. In the 21st century, if a child has a persistent cold, the parents will take him/her to the doctor without hesitation. But a struggling learners’ difficulties often lead to confusion and inconsistent cultural recommendations because the parents are often unsure as to what learning challenges are serious enough to require formal action.
On this episode, Dr. Judy Wolman returns to discuss why barriers in learning require specific steps, the benefit of formal evaluation, and how proper investigation clears the way for selecting the right environment for the child to thrive.
About Judy Wolman
Judy Draisin Wolman is a psychologist in Sandy Springs, Georgia, specializing in psychoeducational evaluations, family therapy regarding child-related issues, and psychotherapy for children and adolescents.
She received her Ph.D. in Developmental School Psychology at Georgia State University in December of 1984. Prior to that, she received a Masters in Learning Disabilities in 1976, and a Bachelor of Science in Special Education and Elementary Education from the University of Maryland in 1974.
Dr. Wolman has been practicing in the Sandy Springs area for almost thirty years. She was previously with the Dekalb County School System for ten years as a school psychologist, as part of a preschool assessment team, and as a Learning Disabilities Resource Room teacher. Dr. Wolman speaks to many school and community groups on topics such as behavior management of preschool and elementary age children, living happily with pre-adolescents, building self-esteem, identifying Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders and Learning Disabilities, and other topics related to successful parenting.
She is an actively involved member of many professional associations, including the American Psychological Association, the Georgia Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, the Georgia Psychological Association, and the Learning Disabilities Association.
Dr. Wolman is married and has two children, who have made it through the child and adolescent stages she addresses in her practice and lectures. She is now a proud grandmother, as well.
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