As the most common learning disability in the U.S., dyslexia affects somewhere between 5 and 17 percent of the population. In a five-part special series, National Public Radio (NPR) explores dyslexia. Articles include a first-person account by an NPR reporter Read more ›
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 ›
The 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 ›
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 ›
As a parent, Graphite™ can help you find the best tools to meet your child’s particular learning needs. Though Graphite was designed and built with educators in mind, the site open to anyone.
Graphite is a free service from nonprofit Common Sense Education designed to help preK-12 educators discover, use, and share the best apps, games, websites, and digital curricula for their students. As a parent, Graphite can help you find the best tools to meet your child’s particular learning needs. Though Graphite was designed and built with educators in mind, the site open to anyone. Read more ›
Children learn to read at different paces, with some mastering the concepts in kindergarten and others showing little interest until well into 1st grade. But some kids, even those who seem eager to learn, can’t catch on. When their classmates are reading books by themselves, they’re stuck on the first page, unable to make sense of the words. Read more ›
Sara swept her vibrant red hair out of her face as she smiled up at me, clearly pleased with herself and seeking praise for the fact that she had completed her reading beautifully. What a change from the tentative reader I had met one year earlier. In fact, “reader” would not have been the right word for Sara then, as she was still sounding out every letter, sometimes forgetting to blend them back together to create a meaningful word. Sara’s school was considering holding her back to repeat first grade. But by the beginning of third grade, one year later, she had caught up with her peers and was scoring at grade level. Read more ›
More and more parents understand the importance of reading to young children to promote literacy. Yet many parents are so eager to advance their child’s reading fluency that they neglect the importance of imaginative play in developing critical comprehension skills. So before you start to pack up the picture books and encourage your young child to read Harry Potter, make sure he’s getting plenty of opportunity to play.
Why is play important and what kind of play develops the foundation for literacy skills? Read more ›