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My First Grader Can't Read! At What Point Should I be Worried?

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My First Grader Can't Read! At What Point Should I be Worried?

If you’re anything like me, you grabbed every opportunity you could to read with your children when they were young. As soon as they were old enough, I started shifting from exclusively reading to them to reading with them. For my daughter, reading came pretty easily, but for my son, there were some early indicators that he would struggle later on. As a mom with zero experience with dyslexia at the time, I had no idea that the struggles he was experiencing were red flags that he had a reading disability. Even though my son was diagnosed by second grade,...

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Should I Hold My Kindergartner/First Grader Back A Year in School if He Can’t Read?

Should I hold my child back in school

Should I Hold My Kindergartner/First Grader Back A Year in School if He Can’t Read?

You may be in the tough position of deciding whether or not to hold your child back a grade level in order to catch up in reading. For most parents, the challenge is determining whether to advance their child to the next grade even if he or she has not mastered the curriculum of the current grade. This practice is known as “social promotion”. The problem is that retaining a child often does more harm than good. What Does the Research Tell Us? The 2003 “Position Statement on Student Grade Retention,” from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) states...

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Why a Good Neuropsych Evaluation is One the Most Important Investments You Can Make

Why a good neuropsychology evaluation is so important

Why a Good Neuropsych Evaluation is One the Most Important Investments You Can Make

One of the questions I am asked most often, as a dyslexia advocate is, “Why do I need an independent evaluation when the school has already conducted their own testing?” There is no one answer to this question, but it is an important question to ask. First, schools cannot diagnose. The assessments schools conduct are simply used to determine eligibility for special education and, if eligible, the appropriate services for that student. The school, however, cannot tell you whether your child has dyslexia. For that, you must hire a specialist. So who CAN provide you with a diagnosis of dyslexia? According to...

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Nurturing Your Child's Inner Superpower!

Nurturing Your Child's Inner Superpower!

Nurturing Your Child's Inner Superpower!

Everyone has an inner superpower! It’s that thing you do so easily and so well that you don’t even think of it as a talent or a skill that someone else can’t do. It is innately part of you and you would have a tough time defining yourself or imagining life without it.  For some, their superpower is an obvious talent such as dancing, sports or art, but for others, it may be more subtle. For example, you may be particularly charismatic, or funny or a walking encyclopedia of knowledge about a particular subject. Whatever it is, it is your...

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5 Reasons Why Audiobooks are a Great Option for Struggling Readers

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5 Reasons Why Audiobooks are a Great Option for Struggling Readers

One of the questions I get asked fairly often is whether audiobooks are a good option for struggling readers. The answer is a resounding “YES” and here are five reasons why. Listening to Audiobooks Will Support the Process of Teaching Your Child to Read -  Some parents view the use of audiobooks as providing a crutch to struggling readers when in fact, audiobooks can actually support and strengthen the development of decoding skills. Especially when paired with actual written text, audiobooks can make the learning process more fun and effective. Listening while reading offers a multi-sensory experience that supports both reading...

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