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Feb 18

Three Reasons Why Multisensory Learning is Food for the Brain

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Multisensory learning (MSL) helps an individual learn by using more than one sense. For children with dyslexia, the use of the visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile modalities can be very helpful. A major component of the Orton Gillingham Approach is that it must be multisensory. This approach aligns perfectly with how our brains learn.   […]

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Feb 18

Universal Dyslexia Screening In Depth Part 3

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This is the third in series of blogs I am writing on dyslexia screening. You can view the first two here and here. We know that about 80% of the school population is able to learn successfully from general education instruction, which leaves 20% for whom regular public or private school is not working. Universal […]

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Feb 18

Interactive Read-alouds Part 2

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In a previous blog, we discussed the benefits of interactive read-alouds for older students and especially for struggling readers. Now, let’s look at specific steps for planning and implementing this type of read-aloud. I’ve also included a sample of a read-aloud that I’ve used with a group of third-grade students.       Steps for […]

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Feb 18

Preventing Learned Helplessness in Students with Dyslexia

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By the time I was twelve, I believed that no matter how hard I tried in math I would fail. My grade 6 teacher was the catalyst to this negative, fixed mindset. She had tried to help me three times to understand fractions and in failing to do so she asked, “Why are you so […]

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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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