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!

Underperforming Student Success Strategies

Nov 15, 2016 by Eric Jensen, Ph.D.
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eric-jensenWhen students come to school every day, here's their question to teachers: are you on my side or not? Are you a friend or a foe? Are you an ally or adversary?  See what practical classroom activities Dr. Eric Jensen recommends to build relationships and get results with your students -- you'll see their progress skyrocket. 

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. 

#SayDyslexia

Oct 11, 2016 by Joanne Gouaux
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say dyslexiaBefore just a few years ago, hardly anyone ever used the word "dyslexia" at a school site. For Dyslexia Awareness Month, we've invited a guest blogger, Joanne Gouaux, mother of a bright 10-year old boy with dyslexia, to share her thoughts on why it's so important to #saydyslexia.  

4 Ways to Counteract the Effects of Stress on the Brain

Aug 16, 2016 by Martha Burns, Ph.D
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stressBack-to-school can be a stressful time for parents, educators and students alike. But is there "good" stress and "bad" stress?  Find out 4 ways to counteract the effects of stress on learning for any at-risk learner who needs help this year. 

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! 

3 New Research Findings on Fast ForWord

May 17, 2016 by Kristina Birdsong
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Fast ForWord ResearchFast ForWord is one of the most researched reading interventions ever created, but what are researchers saying about it lately?  Here are three takeaways (translated from neuroscience-speak into terms you can understand) that have practical application for those interested in improving skills for those with dyslexia, auditory processing, language and reading issues. 

Understanding Dyslexia: 5 Ways to End the Homework Struggle

Feb 9, 2016 by Joanne Gouaux
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Tired of being the homework police? dyslexia-homework-strugglesYou might be surprised by how our guest author, Joanne Gouaux, has learned to work with her sons to make homework and family dynamics easier. Teaser: it starts with compassion. 

13 Questions About The Build English Fast Solution

Sep 15, 2015 by Carrie Gajowski, MA
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As you return to school this fall, do you have an increasing number of English language learners (ELL) in your class, school or district?ELLs and Fast ForWord  During our recent webinar, "Build the ELL Brain", Dr. Martha Burns discusses how the ELL brain develops and what interventions can help with English language development.  Take a look at the questions that Dr. Burns fielded at the end of the webinar and see if you can pinpoint students that you can help this year!

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