Syllable Division Rules

“Sound it out” is a common direction that students are given when they can’t read a word.  “Sound it out” makes sense to most of us because it’s what most readers do when they can’t read a word.  They sound it out.  But, what if you don’t read like most readers?  What if you are […]

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Reading Disability vs. Dyslexia

Get the Facts I’d like to share a quick story with you. A few years ago I was asked by a parent to communicate with their child’s educational psychologist regarding recent testing. The psychologist explained the student’s strengths and weaknesses to me and proceeded to say the child was diagnosed with a reading disability. When […]

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What To Look For In A Spelling Program: 7 Research Based Components

Rule Based Most people don’t realize that only 4% of American English words are truly irregular and have to be learned through whole-word methods such as memorizing. Building understanding through applying spelling rules takes away the need to rely on memorization to spell words. Secondly, memory can be an area of trouble with students who […]

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Find The Right Fit: Some Spelling Programs Don’t Work

I’ve used several different spelling programs. Why haven’t they worked? If you have tried spelling program after spelling program with no real success, then you know first hand that not all programs work for all types of spellers. The English language has a lot of rules and the rules have a lot of exceptions. Many […]

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Does spelling really matter?

Does spelling really matter? Poor spelling should not be ignored. Spelling directly correlates to reading and writing skills. Spelling also affects confidence and the ability to communicate clearly. Save time, money, and frustration by looking for a spelling program that is based on research in learning disabilities.  In my next post, seven key research based components […]

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Reading Fluency & Comprehension

Reading Fluency Slow fluency and poor accuracy can make reading unbearable and will negatively affect comprehension. There are research-based guidelines for how many correct words per minute a student should be able to read by the end of their grade level. If your student is extremely slow and/or very inaccurate when reading, you should consider […]

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Background Knowledge & Vocabulary

Background Knowledge & Vocabulary If students limit their reading by only reading what is necessary, then year after year this lack of exposure compounds and can creates problems with reading comprehension. After several years of minimal exposure to text, students miss out on different types of vocabulary and expanding their background knowledge on various topics. […]

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Less Reading, Less Comprehension

Less Reading, Less Comprehension Difficulty reading leads to less reading, which in turn can lead to reading comprehension trouble. This is one reason comprehension may suffer for dyslexic readers.  This makes a lot of sense. When reading is hard it becomes a chore. When reading is a chore, reading for pleasure doesn’t happen. The more […]

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Difficulty Reading, Difficulty Comprehending

Difficulty Reading Can Lead to Difficulty Comprehending This statement may seem like common sense, but is often something that is misunderstood. It’s always important to consider why someone is having difficulty with comprehension. There are students who can read beautifully with very smooth fluency, yet not comprehend anything they’ve read. This is often the case […]

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Reading Comprehension & Dyslexia

Why is my child struggling with reading comprehension and what will help? Here’s a scenario. Kim is an 8th grade student who has just been diagnosed with dyslexia. Kim has always been very bright and curious. She asks great questions and has always really excelled in science because of the hands on projects and experiments. […]

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