Category: Research & Fun Facts

Creating a Safe Space to Learn

Does your child have a safe space to learn?  When I talk about roadblocks to learning I usually talk about learning differences.  An entirely different kind of roadblock to learning comes when children feel unsafe.   Both physical safety and emotional safety are important in any learning environment.     When we feel unsafe our …

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The Reading Brain and Why Multisensory Learning Works

Here we all are, walking around with our own versions of a reading brain.  As a species, humans haven’t been reading for very long.  Oh, only for about six-thousand years or so.  According to evolution, that’s not nearly long enough for our brains to have developed one specific region dedicated to the act of reading. …

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Educating Teachers About Dyslexia – A Paradigm Shift

Dyslexia education often fails to reach teachers in the general education system.  Yet what we don’t know about dyslexia CAN hurt us.  More precisely, what teachers don’t know about dyslexia hurts our students.  When students with dyslexia and other learning differences pass from grade to grade without learning how to read, or to write, or …

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The Comeback Kid of Effective Reading Instruction

Reading instruction doesn’t often grab headlines in mainstream media.  More and more news outlets across the country, though, report on a growing shift in reading instruction in early education.  That’s good news.  Even better is the welcome return of phonemic awareness and phonics, key building blocks of good, effective reading instruction.  Good for students AND …

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Is This Another Legal Victory Against Dyslexic Student Neglect?

Dyslexic student neglect, that’s a pretty harsh phrase, isn’t it?  If you have a child with any type of learning difference, and the school fails to meet your child’s educational needs, then you have some idea of what I mean when I say dyslexic student neglect.  A legal victory for students who endure such neglect, …

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A Legal Victory for Dyslexia Intervention in Public School, Maybe – Part 1

Could a lawsuit lead to real change for dyslexia intervention in public school?  For at least one California school district, it might.  This year (2021) a federal class action lawsuit against Berkeley Unified School District not only ended with a settlement; it required some significant, district-wide changes.     In the past I’ve encouraged parents …

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