A Teacher’s Cry for Help

A Teacher’s Cry for Help

Yesterday I received a message from a teacher in Northern British Columbia that brought me to tears. She wrote to me asking for help with one of her students, who is significantly behind her peers in reading. This family has a history of dyslexia, so that means there...
What is Executive Functioning?

What is Executive Functioning?

What are Executive Functions? Executive functions are cognitive (brain-based) processes an individual uses to concentrate, pay attention and get things done. They are sometimes referred to as executive control, cognitive control or executive skills.  Executive...
Specific Learning Disorders

Specific Learning Disorders

According to the DSM-5*, the term Specific Learning Disorder (aka SLD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder with a biological origin that affects an individual’s academic skills, not their developmental milestones.   Let me break down some of those terms for you and...
Beyond Decoding to Reading Fluency

Beyond Decoding to Reading Fluency

Reading Fluency ** A guest post by Lynn Givens ** Fluency is made up of “accurate reading of connected text at a conversational rate with appropriate prosody or expression.” (Hudson, Lane, & Pullen, 2005) Reading fluency is an essential component of reading....
Literacy Screening

Literacy Screening

Literacy Screening Most children begin kindergarten excited by the prospect of finally learning how to read. The idea of reading excites them because it opens the door into a world they only had access to when someone else would read to them. They are excited to be...
Phonemic Awareness

Phonemic Awareness

** A guest post by Lynn Givens ** A phoneme is the smallest unit of sound in spoken language. There are about 25 consonant phonemes and about 18 vowel phonemes, or sounds.  Seven phonemes such as /ch/ and /sh/ are represented by two letters. Phonemic Awareness is:...
A Parent’s Guide to IEP Meetings

A Parent’s Guide to IEP Meetings

A Parent’s Guide to IEP Meetings There is no way to deny it, IEP meetings are stressful and hard for any parent. I know professionals who go into meetings as advocates for other families regularly but still struggle with attending an IEP meeting for their own...
Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Glossary

Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Glossary

There are so many different terms that parents need to understand when it comes to Individualized Education Plans (IEP).  It can be very stressful going into an IEP meeting or reading through documentation about supports available to your child, and the last thing you...
Test Anxiety Strategies

Test Anxiety Strategies

** A guest post by Colleen Wildenhaus ** Test anxiety is no longer associated with only high school finals and college entrance exams.  Sadly, it is being seen in children as young as kindergarten due to the abundance of standardized tests required in most schools. ...