Crossing the midline (Bilateral integration)

Bilateral integration is the ability to use the two sides of the body in a coordinated way, for instance when walking your left leg and right leg need to work together in order in for you to move forward.  Crossing the midline is an important element of Bilateral integration.  Imagine for a moment an invisible […]

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Kids learning to read: visual figure-ground perception

Visual figure ground perception refers to the ability to distinguish a figure or object from it’s background and is a vital element to reading.  This ability enables emerging readers to focus on words and letters and ignore background prints or blots and smudges on a page.  Practice this skill by letting your emerging read information […]

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Signs and symptoms commonly associated with Dyslexia

There are about 27 accepted definitions of Dyslexia and experts cannot seem to agree on exactly what this learning disorder is and how it presents itself in young children. There are dozens of Dyslexia Tests on the market, but not one single universally accepted test to try and identify this learning disorder. For this reason […]

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Child's spelling

Spelling strategies for kids

There are 26 letters in the alphabet, which make about 44 sounds individually and combine into a possible 577 letters and sounds. This can be intimidating for even the most confident child.  Spelling is not quite as simple as understanding what sound each individual letter makes, a child also needs to understand what sound it […]

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Reading games for preschool kids

Here are some reading games to play with your preschool kids:  I spy: play I-spy to introduce phonics, ensuring that you use the letter sound and not the name, for example, ‘ah’ (a), ‘buh’ (b), ‘cuh’ (c), rather than ‘Ay’ (A) ‘Bee’(B), ‘See’(C). The game goes like this: “I spy with my little eye, something […]

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