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you are not alone

November 24,2020

Do you have a child for whom learning to read is especially difficult? Has it ever crossed your mind that your child might learn differently? If so, you may be glad to know that help is available – and best of all, it is free!

The Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education funds Parent Technical Assistance Centers across the country. These centers provide parents with free information regarding learning differences, other disabilities, early intervention, school services, therapy, and more. The centers also provide one-on-one consultations which can be invaluable.

So, if you have a nagging feeling that perhaps your child does learn differently, trust your instincts and have your child tested. For information regarding where to have your child tested, (or, if your child has already been diagnosed and you need support regarding next steps) visit your Parent Technical Assistance Center website or pick up the phone and call for advice. You and your child may be very glad that you did.

walk on the wild side

October 25,2020

With the pandemic forcing us to minimize social interaction, it’s a great time to spend time in nature. Enjoy nature this fall by putting on your face masks and your walking shoes taking your family on a long walk outside in a city park or just around the neighborhood – anywhere outdoors that you can enjoy the changing colors of the season, natural vistas, and the sounds of critters. Spend the time talking about what each of you sees and answer questions that arise.

Recent research suggests that walking in nature correlates with reduced stress, increased happiness, and improved mental health. Research has also proven the important role that talking to children plays in brain development.

So unplug, unwind and enjoy the natural world wherever you can find it. It’ll be good for you and your children.

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.