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.

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. 

10 Facts About Your Wacky Brain

Sep 27, 2016 by Kristina Birdsong
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facts about the brainWe've translated some lesser known facts about the brain into "kidspeak" to share with your learners. Did you already know #4? How about #7? Take a look!

Watch From Anywhere: Summer Professional Development

Jul 12, 2016 by Carrie Gajowski, MA
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Professional Development webinarsMake the most of summer by watching some of our most popular webinars to date on topics such as poverty, auditory processing, dyslexia and more. These can be viewed from anywhere so pull out your laptop, tablet or smartphone.  Enjoy!

How to Improve Auditory Processing Speed Using Fast ForWord

Jun 28, 2016 by Ann Osterling, MA CCC-SLP
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Sky GymIn this post, a veteran Fast ForWord provider explains how the exercises in Fast ForWord work to improve auditory processing speed -- plus, she offers advice on what to do when your child, student or client begins to struggle on the most challenging exercises: Sky Gym and Jumper Gym.  If you have experience with successful strategies too, share in the comments! 

Poverty's Effect on Working Memory

May 3, 2016 by Carrie Gajowski, MA
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PovertySometimes it's easy to think a child isn't paying attention because they're being defiant, or dare we say it - "lazy"? This is usually not the case, especially for children from poverty, and it behooves us to understand better what's happening in their brains. Read Dr. Eric Jensen's poignant and timely messages about how to help students from poverty build the skillls that will break the cycle of underachievement. 

5 Don’ts (and Do's!) for Brain Awareness Week

Mar 8, 2016 by Kristina Birdsong
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When students understand the limitless potential of their brains, anything is possible!Brain Awareness Week  But what if you're using new information in the wrong ways? Read more to see if you're on the right track, and plan some time next week to talk with your students about the brain's fascinating ability to change for the better. 

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.

When Test Scores Go Up, Do Cognitive Skills Increase?

Dec 2, 2014 by Norene Wiesen
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The amount of attention schools devote to improving standardized test scores is controversial. A new study by John Gabrieli at MIT is shedding some light on what’s not being measured. The results are food for thought.

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