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Reading and Dyslexia


So many parents come to me concerned that their child will never learn to read. Whether the child is dyslexic or a slow emerging reader, it is important to provide the child with the right tools to learn. A wonderful tool is Academic Language Therapy.  Academic Language Therapy is an educational, structured, comprehensive, phonetic, multisensory approach for the remediation of dyslexia and/or written-language disorders. I use it daily and am amazed by the results. One of my students, who is 8, tested at a .01% for basic reading in August, and in April tested at 10%! What an improvement. ALT also supports  the child who doesn't seem to have a reading deficit, the system helps to make them stronger readers as the rules become  concrete. If you suspect that your child has a reading issue, take some time to research the ALT program. And please contact us with any questions that you may have. Our goal is to always be a support!

Motivation is the key to success.

Motivation. We all know as adults how important it is to stay motivated to complete a task, but imagine yourself as a child with a learning issue. Staying on task,  much less motivated is daunting. Our goal as educators is to find ways to help motivate children. If it means standing on our heads and dancing to the tune of  The Lion Sleeps Tonight (it's on Pandora right now), then that is what we do. Motivating children is not the same thing as empty praise. Motivating a child is showing and sharing with that child the feeling of accomplishment. It is being the positive guide as they maneuver through as difficult task and helping them see that they can accomplish more difficult goals. We never want to diminish how difficult a task is, we acknowledge it but we don't let it define them. Have you encouraged a child today?

Advocates and ARD meetings

End of the year ARD meetings.

It's the end of the year and you have just finished sitting through your child's ARD meeting. Everyone is tired, ready for a break and you feel the negativity in the room as though they are tired of dealing with the needs of your child. It is always a good idea to have an advocate or another person attend the meeting with you. An advocate will guide the discussions in a more positive direction, as well as be there to support you, the parent. 
An Advocate has knowledge and expertise concerning special education and its applicable federal and state laws and works within the bounds of these laws.
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