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.   

Phonemic Awareness as a Predictor of Reading Success

Feb 7, 2017 by Kimberly Vasconcelos, MA, CCC-SLP
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phonemic awarenessPhonemic awareness: it's not innate to humans. It must be taught. Learn the 5 levels...And beware if reading instruction is bypassing weaknesses in any one of these!

Does Being Bilingual Make You Smarter?

Nov 17, 2015 by Hallie Smith, MA CCC-SLP
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November is Bilingual Education Awareness Month!
Ever wondered what age is best to learn a new language? Or whether bilinguals "think" in both languages simultaneously? Discover how bilingualism improves executive function, what the latest research is on the critical period for language learning, and whether learning a new language raises IQ. 

5 Classroom Strategies to Address the Achievement Gap

Nov 3, 2015 by Kristina Birdsong
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How can conversations help close the achievement gap?  conversationsWhat types of conversations are most beneficial?  Find out how you can implement strategies in your classroom starting today that can help boost learning for all your students.

Nearly 20 Years Later, What Have We Learned From Hart and Risley?

Feb 3, 2015 by Norene Wiesen
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Early language experienceIn 1995, research by Betty Hart and Todd R. Risley revealed how differences in early language experience fuel the achievement gap in our nation’s schools. It’s been almost two decades, so why haven’t we made more progress?  We interviewed Dr. Steve Miller to find out.

5 Things You Might Not Know About English Language Learners

May 27, 2014 by Norene Wiesen
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English Language Learners ELLsIt’s no secret that the number of English Language Learners (ELLs) in the United States is booming. By 2025, nearly one out of every four public school students is expected to be an English learner. What do you know about this skyrocketing student population?

How I Became an Early Reader

Nov 12, 2013 by Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D
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Do you recall how you learned to read? Were you an early reader, someone who learned to read before starting school? I was an early reader and so were my brother and sister. Yet, we didn’t learn to read in the way that most early readers learn. My parents didn’t read books to us at home, so what did they do right?  

The Truth About Kids’ Screen Time and Language Delays

Sep 24, 2013 by Norene Wiesen
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Excessive screen time is associated with language delays in young children, but there’s an even more important factor in early language development. Do you know what it is?

Overcoming Language and Reading Problems: The Promise of Brain Plasticity

Sep 11, 2013 by Martha Burns, Ph.D
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Find out how children around the world are rewiring their brains to overcome 'insurmountable' language and reading problems.

How to Help Your Young Child Build Literacy

Jul 30, 2013 by Beth Connelly, MS CCC-SLP
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During the early years, the brain prepares for learning through language development. Help young children build language skills with these simple and fun activities.

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