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How Anxiety Affects Learning

Dyslexia can cause students and adults to feel anxious in so many situations. Reading and spelling are both a big part of our daily lives. We read menus, grocery store packages, and road signs everyday. Filling out job applications, writing reports, and texting/emails are just some of the examples of times when spelling is important. In the school setting, students are required to read, write, memorize, and retain information daily. Anxiety is common in students with learning differences and can make learning difficult by creating uncomfortable learning environments, impacting working… Read more How Anxiety Affects Learning

Anxiety in Students with Learning Differences

Studies show that students with learning and attention difficulties are at a greater risk for anxiety. Students with dyslexia may feel anxious because they don’t understand why reading is so hard for them. They see other students reading with ease and feel embarrassed because of their inability to read fluently. Fear of reading in a group or fear of other students seeing their writing/spelling is intense and very real. Self-loathing can eat away at their self-esteem. Many of my students exhibit anxiety to a certain degree. The amount of mental… Read more Anxiety in Students with Learning Differences

Early Intervention

Originally posted on Reading Within Reach:
Most teachers and parents delay evaluating students for dyslexia, or other learning disabilities, because they think children will outgrow whatever reading and spelling difficulties they have. This is not true. The Connecticut Longitudinal Study demonstrated that 3 out of 4 students who struggle with reading and spelling in elementary school, continue to struggle as they get older. By high school, these students’ difficulties can no longer be overlooked. Without early identification and early intervention, these students will continue to struggle into adulthood. Early intervention…

What Type of Reading Instruction Works Best for Struggling Readers?

The school year is almost half way over and you are watching your child continue to struggle with reading. Teachers tell you that he/she will catch up eventually. Everyone tells you to read aloud to your child and they will learn to love to read. You are doing everything you are told to do, but you know the struggle is real and you see no improvement. You see the tears, frustration, and damage to self-esteem and realize that you need to take further steps. What type of reading instruction works… Read more What Type of Reading Instruction Works Best for Struggling Readers?

Building Phonological Awareness

What is phonological awareness? Phonological awareness is not just phonics, but includes the ability to hear sounds and isolate them from one another (sound discrimination), to segment, blend, and rhyme sounds.  Building phonological awareness is an important step in preparing children to read. A curriculum is not required. You can help build phonological awareness with the following activities: Sound discrimination involves being able to identify if sounds are different or the same. Simple activities, such as giving a child 2 sounds to compare will help build sound discrimination. For example,… Read more Building Phonological Awareness

Benefits of Reading Aloud to Your Child

Books, books, books! I love books! I love a variety of genres. Some of my favorite times with my sons, as they grew up, was reading aloud every night at bedtime. From The Warrior series to Lord of the Rings, we were able to spend many quality hours together exploring different worlds and getting to know exciting characters. Reading aloud to your child regular has many benefits, no matter what age they are. Here are just a few of those benefits: Quality time-From infants to teens, there is nothing like bonding over a… Read more Benefits of Reading Aloud to Your Child

Partnering With Your Child’s Teacher

As the school year is ending, are you satisfied with your child’s progress? Do you feel that your child is working at grade level, or do you have concerns? If you are not satisfied with his/her progress, if you have concerns or may even suspect your child has a learning disability, there are some steps that you can take to insure that they will have a better year next year. Communication with teachers is a crucial part of their success. Most teachers desire open communication with parents. They want your… Read more Partnering With Your Child’s Teacher