The C-Pen Reader

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The C-Pen Reader Pen is a portable handheld assistive technology that helps users with dyslexia or other literacy difficulties, essentially when reading printed text. The C-Pen is for people with dyslexia or for those who struggle with certain genres of text or who are just poor readers. It will assist those learning to read, people with ESL...
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Why kids need to fidget to learn

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Everyone fidgets – hair twirling, pencil rolling or pen clicking – we all do something to stay focused, but fidgeting can drive teachers and parents mad and can also have negative effects on our children, if fidgeting becomes self destructive. Meet Squidget. A completely silent fidget tool. It can sit snuggly in...
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Review of Grammarly

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Grammarly helps students and writers expand their vocabulary and also assists in improving their writing. There are benefits for non-native English writers and ESL students (English as a Second Language) as well. Tertiary students and professional writers use Grammarly to advantage as it assists in spelling and proper use of...
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7 things I have learnt about Orton-Gillingham

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Last week I did an Orton-Gillingham Foundation course with the amazing Canadian, Corey Zylstra as our facilitator. Here is 7 things I learnt about Orton-Gillingham under her amazing tutorage. Orthography is the written system of spelling patterns and correspondences between speech and print. Note: Not be confused with Ornithology which...
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What is in a WISC?

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The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-III (WISC-III) is a series of tests for 6 to 17 year olds that evaluates intellectual abilities. The WISC-III consists of two scales, the Verbal Scale and the Performance Scale. Each of these scales has several subtests. The Wechsler tests form one part of an...
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7 Tips to Build a Struggling Learners Confidence

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TIP 1 – All children who struggle at school need a champion. A special standout person, who believes in them, understands them, sees their intelligence and will advocate on their behalf. It is not unusual for a successful adult with learning difficulties to identify a champion from their past and...
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The Orton-Gillingham Method

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The Orton-Gillingham approach, first introduced in the 1920’s, is still widely in use today across Canada, USA and world-wide as not only an approach for remediating language-based learning difficulties, but as evidence-based reading and spelling instruction for all students in mainstream education.     “Many years ago, as Samuel Orton...
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Jennifer Aniston on her dyslexia

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Jennifer Aniston doesn’t read much, the result of having dyslexia that affected her school education and her self-esteem. Her dyslexia wasn’t diagnosed until she was in her early 20s. The revelation that she had dyslexia was life-changing she said. “I thought I wasn’t smart. I just couldn’t retain anything,” she...
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A New Teaching Approach Has Wyoming Inmates Reading With Success

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Learning Latin has become a breeze for some of the inmates in the Wyoming Department of Corrections, thanks to the Orton-Gillingham methodology the educational staff has implemented into the curriculum. Orton-Gillingham is a structured, phonics-based multi-sensory approach to teaching students to read. Teacher Gloria Wolf last year received training from...
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