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R U Serious?

With the average teenager sending about 6 texts per waking hour, it is becoming the most common form of communication, and many fear that it is destroying spelling skills. However, recent research shows that “textese” doesn’t affect traditional spelling in students with high phonological awareness. It is this skill that allows texters to create and decode abbreviations like gr8, 4evr, and 2moro…

Personal Triumph for a Student

When Eilis Leptien began coming to ALP, she hated spelling in school. After 12 weeks of treatment to improve her orthographic processing andphonemic awareness, she doesn’t quite have the same opinion on the subject…

Why Can’t My 4th-Grader Write? Part 3

The process of learning to write is complicated.

you have to learn how to form those squiggles on the paper into letters
you have to perceive the sounds in words and associate them with letters to attempt spelling, and
you have to have some picture for what you are trying to say…

Why Can’t My 4th-Grader Write? Part 2

The process of learning to write involves much more than simply learning what a period is and trying to figure out where it goes. It is a multi-faceted job – learning how to actually form the letters on paper, perceiving sounds in words to attempt spelling, and actually outlining their ideas and knowing what they are trying to say. For many students, putting all the pieces together is a struggle…

Why Can’t My 4th-Grader Write? Part 1

The process of learning to write involves much more than simply learning what a period is and trying to figure out where it goes. It is a multi-faceted job – using the hand to form the letters on paper, perceiving sounds in words in order to attempt spelling, and actually outlining ideas and knowing what to say. For many students, putting all the pieces together is a struggle…

Why Handwriting Matters

Recent research is showing that handwriting practice is still viable in the electronic age. Though many view handwriting training as a nostalgic ritual, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) shows that the act of writing is a stimulant to the brain…