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  • Working WITH our brain
    August 13, 2014

    The extra letters spoken will have activated more of the brain ‘compartments’ and the extra pause will allow the brain to assemble its thoughts without any stress or rush. Trick #4 Keep spelling the word, but try and do it in chunks or groups of letters that you may know or be able to hear. […]

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  • WHY READ OUT LOUD
    May 23, 2014

    There is a natural transition towards silent reading, as young readers develop in their proficiency and this is strongly encouraged at school.   Research supports this in an effort to have children ‘own’ their reading and it might also be helpful for teachers trying to maintain a learning environment in their ‘quiet’ classrooms.   There […]

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  • Why can’t they see it?
    May 22, 2014

    Isn’t it great reading a good book?  You join the author on a journey of images, emotions and ideas. Ask any lover of books whether they prefer reading the book or seeing its movie and invariably it will be the book. Why?   It has to do with the journey taken whilst reading which is […]

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  • WHAT YOUR CHILD NEEDS – TO LEARN TO READ
    May 21, 2014

    Learning to read and spell can be difficult, particularly if there are underlying difficulties with phonological awareness. Phonological awareness is a metalinguistic skill that requires the ability to reflect upon the structure of language and the ability to think about a word separate from its meaning. Phonological awareness is important as it has been linked […]

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  • What can Naplan tell us?
    May 20, 2014

    Naplan has received much press over the last couple of years and despite criticism by many professionals, it does provide parents with a snapshot of how an individual child is doing at school within the constraints of the test.   As a professional allied to the education industry through our reading and speech pathology clinic, […]

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  • The Boutique Reading Clinic
    May 19, 2014

    Literacy is a hot topic in our community and so it should be.   The good news is that reading remediation has never been better, particularly with the help of boutique reading clinics.  These small clinics are often well placed to take advantage of the rapid growth in research and implement it in a timely […]

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  • Struggling to Read? What help is right for my child?
    May 18, 2014

    It is often difficult for a parent to know what help their child needs to help him with his reading.  Several options are presented to parents, including tutors, Learning Support Teachers, Learning Centres and Specialist Reading Clinics.  But every child’s needs are different and what is right or best for one child may not be […]

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  • Sound Play Makes all the Difference for your Child’s Literacy Learning
    May 17, 2014

    Now that your child has started school, are you wondering how they are growing in terms of their ability to read and write?  Children need to have the basics first!  We call the basic building blocks of reading and writing, ‘phonological awareness skills’.  This term refers to a child’s sound awareness, or their dawning understanding […]

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  • Simple sequencing for amazing learning

    There are lots of big words that can be used when trying to explain the brain and how it works but most are pretty unnecessary.   If we are very observant it is interesting to see what is revealed.   Try these simple exercises with your kids (7 years and older) and observe what happens. […]

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  • SIGHT WORD Headache
    May 16, 2014

    Sight words are a real struggle for many children and can often provide a source of frustration for their parents.   There has been a lot written in support of sight words, but for many children the complexity of the method is overwhelming.  In essence, the method relies on the idea that by having a […]

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