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Get Help Early

September 27,2020

For many challenges in life it is beneficial to seek help early. The same is true for reading challenges. In their book, Parenting a Struggling Reader, Susan L. Hall and Louisa C. Moats state that it “takes four times as long to improve the skills of a struggling reader in fourth grade as it does to do so between mid-kindergarten and first grade. In other words, it takes two hours a day in fourth grade to have the same impact as thirty minutes a day in first grade.”

So the lesson is clear. If your child is struggling with learning to read, seek help early.  Don’t know where to turn? Free help is available. The Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education funds Parent Technical Assistance Centers across the United States. Find yours here.

Getting help now may just save your struggling reader years of frustration and tears.

 

Get Help Early

August 23,2020

For many challenges in life it is beneficial to seek help early. The same is true for reading challenges. In their book, Parenting a Struggling Reader, Susan L. Hall and Louisa C. Moats state that it “takes four times as long to improve the skills of a struggling reader in fourth grade as it does to do so between mid-kindergarten and first grade. In other words, it takes two hours a day in fourth grade to have the same impact as thirty minutes a day in first grade.”

So the lesson is clear. If your child is struggling with learning to read, seek help early.  Don’t know where to turn? Free help is available. The Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education funds Parent Technical Assistance Centers across the United States. Find yours here.

Getting help now may just save your struggling reader years of frustration and tears.

 

Chew on This!

July 24,2020

What if there were something that could improve your emergent reader’s memory, learning ability, alertness, and mood while simultaneously reducing anxiety? Well, research implies there may just be such a product. What’s more, this product is inexpensive, widely available, and perceived as fun by children everywhere. The product? Chewing gum!

It turns out that chewing gum can increase blood flow to the brain which, in turn, can provide the benefits listed above. According to the book, Brain Changer by David DiSalvo, “Chewing gum is an example of a brain-changer tool that almost all of us have easy access to and can try. The research suggests that it may be the simplest thing you can do to give your brain a neurochemical boost.”

Now that’s something to chew on!