Speech & Language Development

Community Ed Session Dyslexia and Learning Differences: Signs and Classroom Strategies [presentation]

In this class for educators, Lisa Parnello, MEd, DP and Sand Hill Teacher & Instructional Coach Valerie Stephens discuss learning differences (LD) and their signs, the social-emotional impacts of LD, and classroom strategies that work. Read more ›

child-and-book What Parents Can Do to Help Kids Who Struggle with Reading

One in five people have dyslexia, and it affects people who use both languages based on alphabets (such as English) or logographics (such as Mandarin, Korean, etc.), making it a worldwide issue. Despite its prevalence, though, dyslexia is often misunderstood by the people who have it, by the parents of kids who have it and by the teachers who teach those kids.

So what can parents do to help children with dyslexia? Read more ›

Yale Center for Dyslexia The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity [web resource]

Yale Center for DyslexiaThe Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity conducts dyslexia research, and it is a leading source of advocacy and information to better the lives of people with dyslexia.

The resources are organized by audience and topic, with sections for students (and adults) with dyslexia, for parents of children with dyslexia, and for educators.

You may wish to start with a few of these… Read more ›

Community Ed Session Does My Child Have a Reading Problem? [presentation]

What reading concerns do you have about a child who may have a reading problem?
What questions do you have about reading difficulties?
This presentation takes a closer look at reading difficulties. Read more ›

learning disabilities Types of Learning Disorders and Their Signs

learning disabilitiesLearning disabilities look very different from one child to another. One child may struggle with reading and spelling, while another loves books but can’t understand math. Still another child may have difficulty understanding what others are saying or communicating out loud. The problems are very different, but they are all learning disorders. Read more ›

toddler pointing Healthy Speech & Language Development

toddler pointingQ:  My daughter is 2½ and isn’t talking much. She uses a few small words and points when she needs something, but she doesn’t string together words to form sentences like some of her peers do on the playground. What’s typical for her age?  Should I be worried she isn’t talking yet? How can I tell if she has a problem? Read more ›

toddler delayed talker Steps to Help Your Delayed Talker

toddler delayed talkerYou have a lot of titles as a parent: short order cook, chauffeur, personal assistant, maid. Are you also your toddler’s ever-present translator? No, she’s pointing at the yogurt hiding behind the milk gallon. Well, she’s screaming because you handed her a purple cup and she only drinks out of green cups.

It’s easy for you to navigate through these situations to avoid the tantrums and frustrations because you know your child’s preferences and you know she doesn’t have strong communication skills. You can respond to points, grunts and cries, but are you really helping her by swiftly taking the path of least resistance? How can you teach her the communication skills she needs to be independent and thrive? Read more ›