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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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The Early Warning Signs of Reading Difficulty

The Early Warning Signs of Reading Difficulty

As parents, what can you do to ensure your child learns to read? What help is available when you see your child struggling? Below are some tips and tricks for success. When I dropped my son off for his first day of…

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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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(VIDEO) What is Trainertext Visual Phonics?

(VIDEO) What is Trainertext Visual Phonics?

It can take a moment to wrap your head around this new, alternative method. But once you do, the learning process is fun, effective and surprisingly simple for the child. This video explains what TVP is and how you can use it. Enjoy!

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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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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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Is flipping “b” and “d” a sign of dyslexia?

Is flipping “b” and “d” a sign of dyslexia?

If you’ve seen your child flip her “b” and “d”, you’ve probably worried that it’s a sign of dyslexia or future reading issues. This common notion has been popular for decades, but is it true and can they learn to read confidently?

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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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How to Teach a Child with APD (Auditory Processing Disorder) to Read

How to Teach a Child with APD (Auditory Processing Disorder) to Read

Have you battled for several years with a child struggling to learn to read, because APD is holding things back? You might be getting worried that your child will never learn to read. Perhaps you have even been told that by a medical professional or teacher. But it’s not true. We see children with APD learning to read every week.

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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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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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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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Funding and support for your struggling reader

Funding and support for your struggling reader

Your child’s school will inevitably play a critical role in helping your child to read. And – thanks to US programs, laws, and funding structures – there are good systems in place to make sure that the role they play is a positive one.

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