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5 Hidden Dangers of a Dyslexia Test

5 Hidden Dangers of a Dyslexia Test

Should you test your child for dyslexia? It can be helpful, and seems important, to know if your child is dyslexic. It is essential to take action if you’re seeing dyslexic patterns in your child. But is an assessment the right thing? There are 5 dangers with this that you might not have considered.

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Why Working Memory Matters for Reading

Why Working Memory Matters for Reading

If you sent your child to their room to get three things, would they come back with all three? At Helping Children to Read, we regularly ask parents this question because it gives us a picture of how strong the child’s working memory is.

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What Are the Symptoms of Dyslexia?

What Are the Symptoms of Dyslexia?

The symptoms of dyslexia can vary a lot, which makes it hard to identify whether a child is dyslexic. But far more important than the dyslexia label itself is understanding what is really causing the difficulty with reading and spelling.

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Autism and Reading Difficulties

Autism and Reading Difficulties

Phonemic awareness was in the lowest possible bracket when autistic children took standardized tests. Having a good awareness of the sounds that make up our language is key to being able to decode and blend words. This trait is shared with children with dyslexia, and causes much frustration.

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Is it really ADD? Or could it be APD?

Is it really ADD? Or could it be APD?

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) can sometimes be mis-diagnosed — and even on some occasions, for each other! The symptoms overlap so much, that it can be confusing to tell what you are actually seeing in a struggling learner.

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The Single Best Trick to Boost Reading Fluency

The Single Best Trick to Boost Reading Fluency

It is so simple that you might already be doing it, without realizing. Or maybe reading this will cause a head slap, with an exasperated “of course!” directly following it. Whether you have an early reader or a struggler who cannot seem to crack fluent reading, there is one trick that you have to try to promote this essential skill.

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No Life Sentences for Dyslexics

Dyslexics are often told they cannot learn to read like other people. That is not actually true. David Morgan introduces the nine different causes of reading difficulty and what you can do about each of them.

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How to Help a Child Blend Sounds into Words

How to Help a Child Blend Sounds into Words

Have you noticed that your child can identify the individual sounds in a word like t-r-a-ck, but struggles to combine those sounds to make the word? Or perhaps you’ve seen your child sound a word out correctly and then say a completely different one! It can be pretty baffling.

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Will reading more make your child a better reader?

Will reading more make your child a better reader?

Newsflash: struggling readers tend to read less than proficient readers. OK, so maybe that’s not as newsworthy as you were hoping. But here’s something that might pique your interest. A recent study found that it is generally a child’s level of reading ability that determines how MUCH they read, and not vice versa.

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5 Top Tips for Helping Your Child Learn To Read

5 Top Tips for Helping Your Child Learn To Read

Why is it that learning to read is a walk in the park for some children, but a nightmare for others? You might do everything the teacher tells you, getting your daily reading practice in without fail, but still make absolutely no progress. Meanwhile your friend’s child of the same age, at the same school, doing the same things “seemed to learn to read overnight”!?

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The Dyslexia Tax

Most of us are unaware that one in every five people passing us on the street is unable to read simple text. And most of us are unaware just what an enormous impact that has on their lives. It is easy to say “she is dyslexic” without really knowing what that means for someone’s life, if reading is still hard for that person.

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The Lifetime Effects of Poor Literacy

The Lifetime Effects of Poor Literacy

When children struggle to read, it can feel devastating in the moment for them and their families. The psychological effects of falling behind does leave an emotional mark, not to mention the impact of reading difficulties in seemingly unrelated subjects like math and science.

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How to Turn Your Guesser into a Reader

How to Turn Your Guesser into a Reader

So you know your reader has a bit of a guessing habit. They read ‘the’ instead of ‘there’. Or they see a picture of a cookie on the page, and read ‘cookie’ instead of ‘cake’. You ask them to sound out words, and instead you just get another guess based on the first letter. It can be frustrating. To put it mildly.

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How to Teach a Child with Dyspraxia to Read

How to Teach a Child with Dyspraxia to Read

Dyspraxia is a neurological condition that affects motor movement, sensory moderation, and coordination of tasks. Though not directly labelled a “learning difficulty”, it has challenging implications for the classroom setting. There is hope for every dyspraxic child to learn to read, with the right support.

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Why is there a K on my son’s report card?

Why is there a K on my son’s report card?

Last Thursday, when my son brought home his kindergarten report card, I only really had one question: was he reading at grade level? But the report card didn’t give me a simple answer. Instead, it read like a mysterious code. There was a box labeled “Independent Reading Level,” an inscrutable letter “H” written beside it, and no explanation of what that meant.

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Uncover Your Child’s Learning Strengths

Uncover Your Child’s Learning Strengths

You are your child’s first and greatest champion in the world, and you will find good solutions to most issues when you look. In our specialist area of literacy, we find that every child can see good progress with the right support and guidance for them, as individuals.

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Should Your Child Be on a Learning Schedule?

Should Your Child Be on a Learning Schedule?

One of the key ways parents can become more engaged in their child’s learning is to take a more proactive role in their schoolwork. Life coach and former learning specialist Elizabeth Colella Frank champions this sentiment, explaining that parents need to be proactive advocates for their children.

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