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A Cautionary Tale for Parents of Slow Readers

DANGER, WILL ROBINSON! A Cautionary Tale for Parents of Slow Readers! In my previous blog posts here and here, I began educating parents and drawing attention to some of the concerns to be aware of when considering having assessment and standardized testing completed....

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An Alternative to Testing for Dyslexia

Often people get really hung up on how to diagnose dyslexia or how to test for dyslexia.  There is often a desire to test for a learning disability or to diagnose a learning disability.  As humans, we are very eager to explain things, and we feel like a diagnosis will...

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Language Roots In Reading Accuracy And Comprehension

This post is a continuation of the previous blog post - LINKING SPEECH & LANGUAGE TO LITERACY.  Please read on to learn about the complexities of the language system, and how it relates to reading. The purpose of reading is to extract meaning from the words you...

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Linking Speech & Language To Literacy

Making the Case for a Speech – Language Expert as the most qualified person to teach your child reading We get distracted when we talk about reading. We think about how to teach a whole class of children. We think about how to arrange our classroom.  We think about...

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Wholly Language, Batman!

Understanding the Whole-Language Approach The Whole-Language approach to literacy is a philosophy which emphasizes the perspective that language is a meaning-making system and advocates that dren should focus on meaning and strategy instruction to determine the...

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Could Hooked on Phonics Work for You?

Understanding Phonics Phonics is an approach or method of teaching literacy skills that focuses on matching letters to the sounds they make. A big focus of phonics is “decoding” – the idea that letters or groups of letters represent sounds through a “code”, that can...

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Reading Instruction: Who Needs It?

It’s worth examining who benefits from specific and explicit reading instruction.  Our minds immediately picture the students with dyslexia – we imagine them trying to make sense of the letters moving around on the page, or seeing the letters and words backwards (this...

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Defining Terms: From Speaking to Reading

We need to define our terms:  What exactly are we dealing with when we talk about reading? Reading is the automatic extraction of meaning when encountering words in text – on a page or on a screen. That’s what it means to read – as you encounter text, your brain...

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