Dyslexia: What it is, and what it is not

Mar 21

Dyslexia: What it is, and what it is not

People often believe that dyslexia is a visual difficulty which presents as reversing letters and numbers. In attempt to find a quick fix for the problem, parents often take children to optometrists where they are ‘diagnosed’ with visual difficulties and prescribed glasses to “stop the letters jumping all over the page.”   Dyslexia is...

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Critical Thinking: App Review

Feb 28

Critical Thinking: App Review

Critical thinking involves analyses of information in order to make a judgment. It is therefore, a vital skill for academic success. The All Critical Thinking app from Virtual Speech Center provides activities to address some of these important skills. The app is geared for students from 10 years of age and is also appropriate for adult users. There are 11...

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Expect Literacy, presume competence

Jan 24

Expect Literacy, presume competence

Expect literacy; presuming competence.  This mantra is ‘trendy’ in the AAC world but it is important to understand the rationale behind it. A recent post from SpeakforYourself AAC  addressed this topic.   However, the post emphasized that presuming competence is not idealism. Idealism ignores that there are challenges or barriers to...

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Back to School: Let’s talk about it

Jan 03

Back to School: Let’s talk about it

The start of the new school year and going back to school can be a difficult time for many children. As a child, I experienced what my parents dismissively labeled ‘schoolitis’ throughout my school career. This ‘affliction’ caused tummy aches, insomnia and sometimes school refusal.   There can be a number of reasons why children get...

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Are we nearly there? Language Games for the Holidays

Dec 03

Are we nearly there? Language Games for the Holidays

As we wind down for the holidays, the thought of entertaining your already bored children can be daunting, and you may be already yearning for the start of the new school year before the holiday season has started. 😥   Travelling long distances to reach your holiday destination can put a damper on the holiday spirit because of squabbling/bored...

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Keep Calm and Apologize

Nov 12

Keep Calm and Apologize

Dear Readers I need to apologize for my absence this year. I have been neglecting my blog because I am studying.     The reason that I am studying is that I enjoy writing for my blog. I thought that it would be easy to transition from writing a blog to writing a thesis. I was wrong.  😳    It is tough to juggle and balance work, home, studying...

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What’s the pic? Articulation: App Review

Oct 14

What’s the pic? Articulation: App Review

Articulation often requires drill and practice. What’s the Pic? Artic from Home Speech Home  is a fantastic way to practice speech sounds in a fun and exciting way! If you are sceptical about how drill and practice can be exciting, here is how it works:   What’s the Pic Articulation has 25 sounds in initial, medial, and final positions, including L,...

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