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Students who learn the six major syllable types and their corresponding division patterns will possess one more important strategy in their arsenal of decoding tools, especially valuable to help students read multisyllabic words. Although syllables are considered to be units of speech – not writing, grammar or structure, difficulty in their analysis for writing/spelling purposes results from confusion... read more

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i. Rate of processing and letter naming speed weakness RAN: Rapid (Accurate) Automatic Naming   ii. Fluency   What do these two terms mean and how do they impact learning to read and spell.   i. Rapid Automatic Naming (RAN) is the accurate, quick, repeated naming of a series of letters, objects, numbers or colors, in a random order.   ii... read more

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Handwriting is a kinesthetic activity. Kinesthetic memory is thought to be the earliest, strongest, and most reliable form of memory within the human language learning experience.   Research results support the importance of learning handwriting, letter and word-forming skills activity as a factor in learning to read. Handwriting is thought to aid (spellers) in remembering orthographic... read more

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EX: New Feature: Spelling /ay/ at end of word, as in play or stay.   Engaging guided discovery using magnets. Teaching spelling for a sound unit that has more than one spelling option requires imprinting with specificity. Guiding the student in a discovery experience, rather than ‘talking’ an explanation can accomplish this.   For example: There are many ways to spell... read more

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i. Individual instruction: O.G. approach typically pairs teachers with students on a one to one basis.   ii. Diagnostic and prescriptive: As a warm-up and review at start of every lesson consisting of letters and sounds already taught: The process of learning to read goes from symbol to sound, thus symbol recognition must be the first drill segment engaged for instructional emphasis... read more

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Developmental dyslexia is characterized by an unexpected difficulty in reading experienced by children and adults who otherwise possess the intelligence and motivation considered necessary for accurate and fluent reading. Dyslexia is a specific languagebased disorder affecting an individual’s ability for acquiring proficiency with different language forms including reading, writing and spelling... read more

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Are you frustrated with homework nightly wars, confused about your smart child who can't spell, amazed by your child's brilliance despite his low reading ability?  View this newsletter and video seminar from Bright Solutions for some support.   http://x.brightsolutions.us/w.aspx?j=310938050&m=F37F9E976ACC413AB8252B2AACC4D4BE

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Just about every parent asks me this question.  It is so difficult to answer because there is no set formula. So my honest answer: I don't know.  Every student is different.  There really are no easy fixes when it comes to learning differences.   (And I can't believe I said that-right?)   I like to think that teaching someone to read is like teaching... read more

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If your child has not succeeded in any school "reading pull out" programs or traditional reading tutoring, stop the torture!  Your child likely needs an Orton-Gillingham based reading program that is multi-sensory, systematic, and does not encourage guessing at words.  Please do not let your struggling reader stay involved in any program that encourages "guessing"... read more

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Often schools don't identify children with Dyslexia until they are in third or fourth grade, and by that time, if not properly dealt with, children with Dyslexia tend to lag miles behind their classmates in reading. If you suspect your child of having Dyslexia, the sooner this disability is either ruled out or identified, the better. Try to seek testing from your child's school district; if not,... read more

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Being a struggling reader can affect a child's entire school experience. Everyday functioning in the content areas as well as confidence levels and enthusiasm towards school take a big hit for many students who experience reading difficulties. Part of my practice as a special education teacher and tutor who works with struggling readers is to turn reading into something that can be fun and rewarding,... read more

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  Dear readers,   Many times I have been asked about dyslexia by concerned parents, parents who see their child struggling at school or even as early as Pre -K, but don't know what to do or if they panic over nothing.   As a certified dyslexia tutor with a lot of experience, I can identify the warning signs right away. I would like... read more

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Handwriting difficulty can be caused by poor fine motor skills, sensory difficulty or a learning disability such as dyslexia or dysgraphia. Here are a few suggestions for helping those children. Strengthen hand muscles • Touch the thumb of each hand to each finger in turn, index finger to pinkie, and back. • Touch the tip of each finger in progression to the palm. The thumb is... read more

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Parents,   If you can't understand why "working harder" at reading with your child is NOT WORKING then watch this trailer and subsequent film to learn how your child may need to learn how to "work smarter" rather than "work harder."  Children with Dyslexia need a different type of reading strategy than what is taught in most schools.  Understanding... read more

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Did you ever wonder why your student sometimes yawns all throughout your session or when doing homework?  He is not being disrespectful and I trust you are not being terribly boring!  The reason why he is  yawning (especially those with Dyslexia) is because his  brain is working so hard to process this new information you are giving him.  And, it is... read more

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