September 28, 2017

Reading without Understanding

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By Kathy Kuhl        “You just read it! Can’t you remember what you read?” We all have days like that. But the answer is always “no,” for some children, teens, and adults. For them, sounding out words from letters on a page is so hard, they have no attention left for holding onto the meaning of […]

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September 07, 2017

Help! My Teen is Dyslexic

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by Kathy Kuhl What if you didn’t know your child was dyslexic until they hit high school? This happened to a family I learned about yesterday.  They just discovered that their bilingual high schooler is dyslexic. For years, the experts kept saying, “She’s only struggling with reading because she’s bilingual.” It’s an easy mistake to make, […]

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March 16, 2016

Developing Basic Skills in Reading & Writing

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by Kathy Kuhl      Review of Diana Hanbury King’s A Guide to Helping Your Child at Home: Developing Foundational Skills in Reading & Writing  Suppose you could get one of the best writing teachers, a specialist in helping struggling learners, to come over to help you understand how to teach your child? What if she […]

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March 08, 2016

What to read to feed your brain

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By Kathy Kuhl Reading is one of my favorite ways to feed my brain. Of course, homeschooling also feeds your mind. Studying with your children keeps you learning, which will keep your brain growing. But reading lets you explore a wider range of subjects that what you are teaching. As I recently wrote, it can be hard to find time to read, […]

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February 10, 2015

Choosing a reading program for a child with learning challenges

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By Kathy Kuhl Some kids learn to read as Mom or Dad’s finger slides along below the words of their picture books. Some will learn with any good reading program. Others, like one of mine, need a program based on Sam Orton and Lillian Gillingham’s methods (“Orton-Gillingham,” aka Multisensory Structured Language, or MSL). And some […]

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February 22, 2013

Reading gives you “a lot of bang for your book”

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The complete article from LiveScience.com on the value of having books in your home is here.

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February 22, 2013

Finding the right book for your child

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It can be hard to get a struggling learner to read, especially if he or she is contending with a learning disability, attention deficit disorder, or other learning problem. Scholastic offers a book wizard tool online. You can enter a title or a subject to find a particular book. If you child liked one book, you […]

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February 22, 2013

Software and technology tools

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My local Virginia support group, GiftsNVA, had the privilege of hearing Joan Green. Joan helps parents find software and other tech tools to help their special children. Joan’s newest book is out, The Ultimate Guide to Assistive Technology in Special Education. This gold mine of resources includes technology to improve verbal expression, to improve auditory comprehension, and […]

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February 15, 2013

Review of The Dyslexic Advantage by Brock and Fernette Eide

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Review by Kathy Kuhl Dyslexia, an advantage? I have heard people say that disabilities were really advantages. I thought they were in denial or confused. I agree that disabilities and challenges can benefit us: I’ve seen my son’s learning disabilities make him more compassionate and persevering. But I wouldn’t have called dyslexia in itself an […]

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January 09, 2013

Home Schooling Children with Special Needs by Sharon C. Hensley, MA

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Review by Kathy Kuhl I am excited that Sharon Hensley has updated her book; the 1995 edition has been hard to find. This new edition offers more resources and is easy to read, with very short chapters; many are five pages long, making it easy to read in limited time. Her approach is realistic and […]

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