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 NOT...

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What Apps can I use to help my Child? Spelling

Sep 29

What Apps can I use to help my Child? Spelling

Reading and spelling are very closely linked because they rely on an understanding of the relationship between letters and sounds.  The importance of spelling goes beyond just getting all the words correct; it facilitates reading and writing. There are a number of apps that can be used to help your child with spelling and this may minimize the grind of spelling...

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Cracking the Code: A Comprehensive Reading Program

Aug 11

Cracking the Code: A Comprehensive Reading Program

In order to become competent readers, students must learn to ‘crack the code’ of written language. An understanding of the individual speech sounds of language  helps children to understand the relationship between spoken and written language.   Reading Doctor  is a comprehensive reading program made up of a number of different apps that target...

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Letter Sounds Pro: App Review

Mar 26

Letter Sounds Pro: App Review

Research has shown that children who are  strong readers are skilled in using letter-sound knowledge to learn new words when reading. Difficulty with grapheme (letter) – phoneme (sound) correspondence is one of the difficulties that significantly affect the ability to learn to read and spell because there is no relationship between the way letters look and the...

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25 ideas for Spelling Practice

Feb 26

25 ideas for Spelling Practice

Some kids just get it, whilst for others it is a daily grind and chore. As the weekly spelling test approaches the anxiety of learning the weekly spelling list intensifies and by the following week, the words are forgotten.   The importance of spelling goes beyond just getting all the words correct; it facilitates reading and writing.   A child who sees...

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