Carter’s Story: Diagnosing and Treating Dyslexia

Jun 16, 2015 by Hallie Smith, MA CCC-SLP
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Carter dyslexiaMeet Carter, a 4th grader from Northern California. He has dyslexia, and without that diagnosis and the help of the Fast ForWord program, says his mom, he would not be where he is today – in fourth grade with his peers.

 

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.

Reading to Learn: Do We Expect Too Much of Fourth Graders?

Nov 10, 2014 by Norene Wiesen
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Reading to LearnA new study out of Dartmouth University shows that the 4th grade “shift” from learning to read to reading to learn isn’t as clear cut as educators have thought. What does the study reveal about reading development and what does it mean for teachers?

Dyslexia Legislation is on the Rise. But Why?

Oct 23, 2014 by Hallie Smith, MA CCC-SLP
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dyslexia legislationIn the past few years, more than a dozen states have passed or proposed new laws to raise awareness about dyslexia through increased screening, intervention programs, and teacher training. What’s behind the surge in legislation?

Congratulations to the 2014 Champions of Literacy!

Sep 29, 2014 by Hallie Smith, MA CCC-SLP
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Scientific Learning is pleased to announce a select group of educators nominated for this year’s Champions of Literacy award. We recognize these educators, selected from across the U.S., for their commitment on behalf of students, parents, and colleagues. 

Inside the Brain of a Struggling Reader [Infographic]

Sep 16, 2014 by Hallie Smith, MA CCC-SLP
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When a child struggles to read, we look to factors such as socioeconomic status or access to books. But brain differences are also part of the equation and should not be overlooked.

Top 10 Tips for Working With ELL Students

May 13, 2014 by Hallie Smith, MA CCC-SLP
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How can you help your ELL students participate more fully in the classroom so they can achieve to the best of their ability? Try these 10 tips for supporting English learners in improving their language skills and subject knowledge.

Latin and Greek Morphemes Build Vocabulary

Apr 29, 2014 by Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D
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Phonics teachers know that knowledge of word families can help students sound out many words such as tall, call, calling, west, crest, tallest, etc. It’s much the same with Latin and Greek morphemes, which not only provide clues to the pronunciation of words, but also help students determine the meaning of words.

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 Neglected (But Necessary) Goal of Your Reading Program

Oct 22, 2013 by Norene Wiesen
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How is fluency the necessary bridge between word recognition and comprehension, and how do we get students there?  Learn more from reading and fluency expert, Dr. Timothy Rasinski, as he shares more on the link between fluency and comprehension.

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