Why Prosody Matters: The Importance of Reading Aloud with Expression

Jun 13, 2017 by Logan De Ley
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Reading prosodyReading aloud isn’t just for beginning readers.  Expressive oral reading is a foundational reading skill that all students should be developing between first and fifth grade.  Find out why.  

5 Tips for Parents of Struggling Readers [Summer Edition!]

May 30, 2017 by Carrie Gajowski, MA
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summer learningIt has many names: "the summer slide" or "the summer brain drain." But no matter what you call it, summer learning loss is a major issue. In this blog, you'll get 5 tips for how to help your struggling reader actually make learning gains over the summer. Check it out! 

A Rewarding Journey: Summer Learning with Auditory Processing Disorder

May 16, 2017 by Carrie Gajowski, MA
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Auditory Processing DisorderWhen Manuel and Carol's twin boys were diagnosed with central auditory processing disorder, they began a journey to help their sons that led them to Fast ForWord. Now 18, the twins are preparing to graduate from high school. Read this compelling interview to learn more about one family's rewarding journey with Fast ForWord.

Listen Up! 5 Tips to Improve Students' Attention Span

May 2, 2017 by Carrie Gajowski, MA
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paying attentionDid you know that goldfish now have a longer attention span than the average human? Distractions don't stay at home. Many follow students into the classroom. Continue reading to receive five tips for ways you can improve students' attention span. 

Just the Beginning: How Fast ForWord Helped Monicia's Son with Autism

Apr 18, 2017 by Hallie Smith, MA CCC-SLP
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Monicia autismMeet Monicia, a parent whose vulnerability, strength, and optimism are contagious. No matter what the "experts" tell her, Monicia stays focused on helping her son with autism. After only 5 weeks of using the Fast ForWord intervention, Monicia is amazed. You might be surprised why.

3 Ways Poverty Impacts Children Learning to Read

Apr 4, 2017 by Kimberly Vasconcelos, MA, CCC-SLP
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poverty impacts childrenResearch shows that children who come from homes in poverty often struggle to learn to read. But there is hope. In this blog, you'll learn about the three primary factors that impact children from homes of poverty and how educators can positively influence reading and learning skills by understanding how students' brains function.

Impaired Auditory Processing in Children from Low-Income Homes

Mar 7, 2017 by Hallie Smith, MA CCC-SLP
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sound-povertyThe "30-million word gap" has received a great deal of well-deserved attention. But, focusing on vocabulary only is missing the point. The problem begins way earlier than previously thought and has serious implications for reversing the seemingly intractable achievement gap.   

5 Ways to Boost Parental Involvement at Low-Income Schools

Feb 21, 2017 by Leslie Ferguson, MA, MFA
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low income parentsFirst things first: leave stereotypes behind. Read on for tips to engage your students' parents more effectively. 

5 Steps to ERASE Discord in Your Home

Nov 29, 2016 by Lynn Gover
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5 StepsPeace. Harmony. Children. Do those three words go together in your mind? Build more cooperation (read: less conflict) in your household using these 5 timely tips.  As schedules fill during the holidays, and stressors mount, we can all benefit from remembering the best ways to work with the young people in our lives. 

Risks of Not Identifying Dyslexia

Oct 25, 2016 by Joanne Gouaux
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identifying dyslexiaSome are resistant to seek a diagnosis for a student or child's learning issue, worrying that a "label" may do more harm than good. But there are risks with not identifying issues as well.  Read on for pros and cons on the topic, from a mother who has weighed all options. 

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