Dyslexia Mindset: Positivity and Progress in 2021

Tutoring might have slowed down for your children during the last year, but “slowing down” will not stop reading progress—this is a positive mindset based on a dyslexic fact! Yes, having a solid remediation in place, like Orton-Gillingham or Wilson Reading, insures spiraling back for continual review. There isn’t a time table and children gain …

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Dyslexia, Sesame Street and the Pandemic

The pandemic has got me thinking more about “reading time” well spent and Sesame Street is right up there on my list… Parents are impressed today, by how their young children can “maneuver” around Apps on their iPads or iPhones. Many of them are great learning tools for all reading levels. BUT… it continually amazes me, …

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Dyslexia Diagnosis is Not a Label

Today, there is a heightened sensitivity around defining an individual with a label—case in point, calling someone “dyslexic.” How a child or adult may respond, is connected to how he has filtered this diagnosis within himself, hopefully positively, encountering great support along the way. It wasn’t until the sixties that neurological connections were made with …

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Neuropsychological Assessment and The Dyslexic Profile

As parents, you might decide to seek a neuropsychological assessment after an IEP (Individual Education Plan) is in place for the school year. You want more clarity around your child’s learning profile, whether it be further understanding a medical diagnosis like ADHD or seeing if there might be other issues, e.g., an undiagnosed learning disability (besides dyslexia) such …

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Dyslexic Roots: Should Fluency Enter the Picture?

The inspiration for this blog comes from worried parents/caretakers who ask me often about fluency. It’s a natural response when they compare their children to peers who read effortlessly. This picture reminds us that strong roots allow tree growth. Likewise, children need to establish strong roots – phonetic roots, before fluency enters the picture. Fluency grows naturally as the …

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Dyslexic Profile: Mapping Reading Progress (summer counts!)

Reading progress is a given within the dyslexic span — from moderate to severe. Both profiles intersect in their need for structured reading programs such as Orton-Gillingham or Wilson. Does progress go hand-in-hand with an O.G. or Wilson system?  The answer is YES!  Mapping progress though, can be a slippery slope.  At times, a student may …

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FACTS about Dyslexia

Facts About Dyslexia

Are you wondering lately if your child might be dyslexic?  Are you trying to sort FACTS from myths? Are you combing through sites or reading books that might be sending you mixed messages such as telling you to WAIT for a diagnosis since your child is still “young.” I suggest you read this excellent article …

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Choosing a Tutor for your Dyslexic Child over the Summer

Choosing a Tutor for your Dyslexic Child over the Summer

Summer will soon be here and many parents are thinking about finding a tutor for their child in July and August.  A mother, father, grandma, aunt (who may even be a teacher!) etc. might believe that he/she can give the student the reading enrichment that he needs. Thoughts such as “I have teacher-recommended workbooks that …

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“Just Try Harder” – Not a Good Fit for the Dyslexic Equation

I recently came across an article by Dr. Travis Harker entitled “I Used to Think My Daughter with Dyslexia Needed to Try Harder” which highlighted what I have experienced at times with parents whose children are struggling. Often moms and dads think reading improvement is about trying harder, e.g., “if my child would spend more time reading …

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Can You Spell “Dyslexia?”

Can You Spell "Dyslexia?"

Parents often wonder that if their child has difficulty with reading will he automatically have difficulty with spelling.  In my experience, the answer is usually yes and easy to understand. Children that need to be taught through a structured reading approach, such as Orton-Gillingham or Wilson Reading also need to understand spelling through that same …

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Focus on Dyslexia Awareness In October

The most important word in this header is AWARENESS, awareness targeted in part to parents, and their crucial role in observing their child’s growing relationship with language through listening, speaking, reading, spelling and writing. As a toddler/preschooler does your child enjoy rhyme, flipping through books and playing with language? Does your kindergartener recognize alphabet sounds …

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Dyslexia Does Not Take a Summer Vacation!

Dyslexia Does Not Take a Summer Vacation!

When summer vacation nears, I receive emails from parents who want to know whether their dyslexic children should be tutored two, three or up to five days per week.  In addition, I am often asked whether they should enroll their daughters or sons in summer reading enrichment programs that consist of small group instruction. My …

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