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7 Powerful Strategies To Improve Processing Speed

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Dear Friends: This is my second post on processing speed. Last week, I addressed the definition, causes, assessment options, and revealed 5 ways that a slow processing speed can impact learning. This week, I discuss 7 power strategies for student success as well as reasonable accommodations in the classroom. A Quick Review: Processing Speed: The speed at which one makes sense of incoming information from the senses and then generates a response. Tests such as the WISC intelligence test and the Woodcock-Johnson IV Test of Cognitive Ability and Test of Oral Language offer subtests that assess some types of processing...

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Literary Devices: Free Handout and Link to New Publication

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Over the years, my students have come to sessions seeking help with literary devices, and I have had fun creating a number of resources that you may find  helpful.  What's the Confusion? My students have expressed confusion over the terms: literary devices, literary terms, literary elements and figurative language, and they also struggle with the many definitions.  What are Literary Devices, Literary Terms, Literary Elements and Figurative Language? Literary Devices are creative writing strategies used by an author to convey his or her message(s). When used well, literary devices help readers to visualize, interpret and analyze literary texts. There are two...

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7 Main Causes of Reading and Spelling Difficulties

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It is estimated that up to 10% of the general population struggles with dyslexia. While some studies call that a conservative estimate, many more people of all ages struggle to read and spell. Many parents with dyslexic students or even adults with dyslexia or other learning disabilities find themselves in this situation. They are armed with a label but no real solution and some may feel it means that those with reading and spelling difficulties will never come to love reading and written language. However, with the right help that is almost certainly not the case! There are Many Ways to...

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Reading Comprehension Problems: 4 Causes and 12 Solutions

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I'm sure most you have experienced the act of reading a book while your mind was wandering elsewhere. Consequently, you can probably appreciate how easy it is for youngsters to miss meaning while reading. Although teachers, reading specialists and even parents spend an enormous amount of time instructing young learners how to decode the written word, they often neglect to fully teach the metacognitive skills required to comprehend text. What are the Common Causes of Reading Comprehension Problems? There are a number of indicators that can be used to flag students who will likely require explicit instruction in reading comprehension....

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Pros and Cons of Every Student Succeeds Act for Dyslexia

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On Friday, December 10th, 2015 Barack Obama Signed the Every Students Succeeds Act. This new law now rewrites the No Child Left Behind Act and offers a number of changes that could have both positive and negative ramifications for students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. As with any new law, the true pros and cons will be revealed over time, but here is a list of considerations. The Pros and Cons of ESSA The true test of this law lies in the specifics that will soon be defined by each state. Clearly, it will be important for advocates to...

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