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Mar 18

The Great Reading Debate Part 1

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  Ever since colonial times, educators have debated the correct way to teach reading. A century ago, this crystallized into distinct factions teaching either explicit decoding using phonics or more implicit learning through whole-word instruction methods. The argument between researchers, reading professionals, politicians, teachers and parents has become very heated at times, and in the […]

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Feb 18

Dyslexia Screening Part 5: The Diagnostic Evaluation

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This is the last in a series of blogs I am writing about how schools determine which children need remedial instruction and of those, which have dyslexia.     You can find the preceding blogs through the bullets below: ● Introduction and overview, part 1 and part 2 ● Finding those that need a careful […]

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Feb 18

Dyslexia Screening Part 4

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  This is the fourth in a series of blogs I am writing on dyslexia screening. You can find the first two here and here, for an overview of this topic, and the third dives into universal screening.      The universal screener is a quick and easy test to run on every student. When […]

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Feb 18

What is Ear Reading and How Can it Help Someone with Dyslexia?

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What is ear reading?       According to the International Dyslexia Association, ear reading is defined as reading using audiobooks or similar text-to-speech software. Instead of the written word taken soley through the eyes, the verbal words are processed through the ears and eyes simultaneously and then processed in the brain.   What is eye […]

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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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