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Connor gets an A!

Connor Williams came to us in elementary school for work on phonemic awareness and his reading and spelling skills. He came to us again at the end of eighth grade. His reading and spelling were good, but he needed to improve his comprehension.

Reading Skills At the End of First Grade

Name all alphabet letters.

Produce the correct sound for all consonant letters.

Produce the “long” and “short” vowel sounds for the 5 main vowel letters.

Produce the correct sound for the “h” digraphs (th, sh, wh, ch) and see these as a unit in words like much, sheep, this and what.

Count the number of sylla…


The British Dyslexia Association recently held a conference at Oxford in the UK. What was described as “overwhelming evidence” was presented that the majority of dyslexic individuals suffer from more than one condition…

Is ADD/ADHD a Learning Disability?

Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are behavioral disorders, not disorders of learning.  In various studies as many as 50% of those diagnosed with a learning or reading difference have also been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. Although disabilities may co-occur, one is not the cause of the other. That means that treatment for ADD/ADHD […]

Dyslexia Comes on a Continuum

According to the NIH (National Institutes of Health) research, the core issue in dyslexia is difficulty processing phonological information.  The degree of difficulty varies from person to person. Samantha, who is in 4th grade, reads “stop” for “spot”.  If you ask her what letters she sees, she’ll tell you she sees “s.p.o.t” and it says […]

Dyslexia Evaluation

There are screening tests that can be given to preschoolers or kindergarteners to determine if a child is “at risk” for reading difficulty.  Since preventive interventions are highly effective, it’s a good idea to check into this, particularly if there is a family history of reading and spelling diffculties.  Tests for children this age will […]

So is it DYSLEXIA?

I am frequently asked about dyslexia, and almost as frequently, I discover some misconceptions about dyslexia.  The most reliable source of information about dyslexia is the International Dyslexia Association,  www.interdys.org . Let me summarize: Dyslexia is NOT a visual problem.  Visual problems may be present in the dyslexic, but dyslexia is not a problem seeing the […]