Celebrate Dr Seuss’s Birthday by Reading

Dr. Seuss

March is nationally recognized as Reading Month and for the past fifteen years, the National Education Association (NEA) has sponsored the Read Across America Day. It takes place yearly on or near March 2nd, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss was born March 2nd, 1904 and passed away on September 24th, 1991 at the age […]

NJ Gov. Chris Christie is Dyslexics’ Hero?

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As of August 2013, the State of New Jersey has taken two giant steps forward in special education law thanks to its legislature and Governor Chris Christie. New Jersey’s special education regulations now officially define “Dyslexia” as a disability (Assembly Bill 3608) and school districts must now provide professional development opportunities for dyslexia and reading […]

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Magic Word Books from How Do I Teach This Kid to Read?

How Do I Teach this Kid to Read?

In honor of Better Hearing and Speech Month, I selected an activity to spotlight from Kimberly A. Henry’s book, . A printable called the Magic Book is included on a CD that accompanies this book and it helps teach phonemic awareness. An Interactive Tool A Magic Word Book is an interactive tool for helping children […]

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Flash Cards and Learning Activities

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Flash Cards can be an easy and cost-effective way to work with your kids on various skills. With these fabulous cards created by Mudpuppy, teaching and learning can be fun. These cards have lots of fun and colorful illustrations and there are a variety of cards for different subjects. Each set consists of 26 5 […]

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9 Ways to Bring Literacy Alive: Books are Not Just for Reading

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My bookshelves are overflowing with books. I am quite the book junkie. I love books of all sizes and shapes, and find a need to have one (or more) for every topic I teach. Many years ago, as I started to discover the multiple integrated ways children learn, books took on a whole new dimension […]

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How to Sneak in Pre-Reading Skills for Young Children

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As a School Psychologist, I often field questions about what parents can do to help a child learn and be ready for school. My answer is simple – read to your child. However, when you have a child with learning, social and/or behavioral challenges reading time can be tricky! I know what is like to […]

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Enhance Memory and Reading Skills with a Picture Game

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allows for three different games to be played by 1 to 4 players. This game can be customized to fit the needs of your child. If 36 potential matches are too many, scale the game back to a more suitable amount as you build your child’s skills. Features 2-sided game mat with a duplicate of […]

Visual Perception Activities: Part 2

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In Visual Perception Activities, Part 1, I explained how visual perception comes from combining visual skills with all other sensory modalities, including the vestibular and proprioceptive systems. I then provided activity ideas for working on visual perception using (1) form constancy and visual discrimination and (2) figure ground perception. Today I will present activity ideas […]

Visual Perception Activities: Part 1

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A.M. Skeffington, an American optometrist known to some as “the father of behavioral optometry”, believed that vision cannot be separated from the total individual nor from any of the sensory systems because it is integrated into all human performance. His model describes how visual processes mesh with auditory input, proprioception, kinesthesia and body sense. Visual […]

Special Needs and Song Writing

Song-writing

Historically, songwriting has been a very powerful voice for people to share their feelings, their stories, their achievements, their motivations and so much more. It can also provide a great way for children to express strong emotions that come with life’s transitions, such as going back to school.  At this time of year especially, children […]

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