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Feb 18

It Takes A Village to Teach a Child

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How does this child in the pictures below feel?                                                                                            This was my son 2 ½ years ago. When I asked my son to describe how he felt in each picture the words he used were: frustrated, shame, and sad. As I write this, it brings tears to my eyes. These pictures […]

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Feb 18

Dyslexia Screening Overview Part 2

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This is the 2nd part of an overview of the Universal Screening process. Part 1 dealt with the initial identification of the 20% of children in preschool and primary grades who are likely to fail in the mainstream classroom. You can read this blog here.      Now I will move on to talk about […]

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Feb 18

Dyslexia Screening Overview Part 1

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        Universal Screening   I often see questions about dyslexia screening on forums and Facebook pages, and there is never the time to address them in the detail I would like. I’m hoping I can do justice to the topic here in a series of five blogs.  We know that about 80% […]

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Feb 18

The Importance of Interactive Read-alouds

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We know that we should read to young children, even before they can read to themselves. We also know that, when reading to these youngsters, we should involve them by talking about the pictures in the books, asking questions, etc. Research has demonstrated that the most effective read-alouds are those where children are actively involved […]

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05
Feb 18

Dyslexia Myths

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  Two of my previous blogs, What is Dyslexia part 1 and part 2, focused on defining this learning difference or learning difficulty (LD.) Despite dyslexia being formally recognized for over 80 years, there are still many myths that abound and I think it would now be helpful to consider what dyslexia is not. This […]

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Feb 18

 The Importance of Identifying the Strengths of Dyslexia

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  Typically when most people first find out their child or student has dyslexia, the focus is primarily on what “they cannot do” and an instructional plan is created to bridge the gap. Unfortunately, a piece of the instructional plan is missing: acknowledging the child’s strengths. Identifying these strengths and then creating a plan around […]

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