We have known for a long time that our immune systems keep the growth of disease in our bodies in check. Even if we have a genetic predisposition for a specific disease, a healthy lifestyle, including good nutrition, exercise, and stress reduction practices can help reduce the growth of cancerous cells and diminish the … Continue reading Early Identification and Intervention
Until recently, my favorite book on reading research was Why Our Children Can’t Read and What We Can Do About It by Diane McGuinness, Ph.D. The book was published in 1999, and it literally changed the way I thought about reading instruction. It was groundbreaking at a time when the science of reading was in … Continue reading Book Review: Language at the Speed of Sight
“Take a picture walk through the book.” “Get your mouth ready.” “Look at the first sound.” “Think of a word.” “Does it look right?” “Does it make sense?” These are just some of the cues that young children learning to read are actually taught. Even reading specialists using a popular and very expensive first … Continue reading Errors Take a “TOLL” on Reading
On a recent visit to Panera, my husband and I sat near a mother with her young son. She was busy on her cell phone while her son was on his, playing some game that made the most awful, loud noises. She didn’t seem to notice or mind because she was engrossed by her phone. … Continue reading Let’s Put Our Phones Down and Talk
According to the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), dyslexia is defined as “a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities.” The key word is “neurobiological,” an illness of the nervous system caused by genetic or biological factors. … Continue reading Dyslexia or Dys“teach”ia?