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Protected: Can you write phonetically? – Your child can

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Protected: Why is it that good readers sometimes can’t spell?

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Protected: 19 Instructions for my teacher

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A Free Downloadable eBook: Can Teachers Diagnose Dyslexia?

Starting school is a huge life changing event for any child. As parents, we fully anticipate that when we send our child off to school they will learn to recognise numbers and alphabet letters, and within the first 12 months or even less, start to string letters together into simple...
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Appin, New South Wales, Australia About Amelia Amelia is a primary school students from Appin, a small historic town on the south eastern outskirts of Sydney in New South Wales, Australia. She was finding reading hard, so her family decided to try her on The Ten Minute Tutor. After using...
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Age 7, Year 2Sunshine Coast, Australia Bailey’s Story Bailey is a well spoken young man. In Grade 2 at school, he is seven years old and lives on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. Bailey finds reading and spelling hard. In fact, it was making his head hurt and...
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New Zealand Cain’s Story Cain is a passionate young man who has dyslexia. Over the years he has spent a lot of time using websites, books and programs to try and improve his literacy skills….. But he thinks that The Ten Minute Tutor is the best. He really enjoys the...
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Age 11, Year 6 Brisbane, Australia Alice’s Story Alice is a bright and bubbly 11-year-old, Grade 6 student who lives in Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, Australia. She hasn’t had much help in the past with her schoolwork and always found learning new concepts hard. After being on The...
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7 ways to make learning to read and spell easy for struggling learners

Break it down. The English language is complicated, so the best way to teach it is in small logical sequential steps. It’s basically a code of symbols with sounds attached, with lots of spelling rules, so we need to teach the steps, one by one, in the correct order and...
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7 ways to support your child at school without being a helicopter parent

Watch your child carefully and listen to them as they begin the school year. As soon as you see them struggling in any area of their schoolwork or homework or they start saying that something is hard. – Watch, listen and record. Go the parent teacher interviews. Ask the teacher...
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5 things your child’s teacher needs to know to ensure your struggling learner has a successful year at school

If your child finds formal learning difficult, the thought of starting a new year at school can cause melt downs. This may mean your child experiences; tantrums, mood swings, anxiety, sleeplessness, lack of appetite and a sore tummy as the new school year approaches. What seems like the opportunity for...
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Why multisensory teaching methods favour all children (especially those with dyslexia)

Schools and teachers that embrace multisensory teaching methods employ a learning style that benefits all students. More importantly, they are providing pathways for children with specific learning disabilities to learn and access age-appropriate curriculums and then demonstrate what they know. A teacher is using multisensory teaching methods when his or...
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Is Your Child Super Clumsy?

Did your child struggle to do a jigsaw puzzle, learn to crawl, walk, skip and hop when they were little and now finds writing with a pencil or pen difficult? Then your child may have dyspraxia. Dyspraxia is also called clumsy child syndrome. Some specialists refer to it as a...
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Do you support children with Learning difficulties?

As you can imagine as the editor of Dyslexia Daily, I receive a lot of emails. Some of those email break my heart. Today I received one such email today from a grandmother whose 14 year old granddaughter was in trouble. I don’t mean she had broken a school rule...
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Soki London on being dyslexic

Soki (Sophie) London is lifestyle blogger based in the UK. With degrees from Warwick and Durham Universities. She currently works as a Management Consultant and a part-time model. She writes about fashion, restaurants and perfume.   But Soki is also dyslexic. Here she talks about how ‘dyslexia’ has impacted her life. Diagnosed at the age of 11, Soki...
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Why kids need to fidget to learn

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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7 things I have learnt about Orton-Gillingham

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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7 Tips to Build a Struggling Learners Confidence

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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Jennifer Aniston on her dyslexia

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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Outside The Square – Part 1

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Nathan Testa growing up with Bruce Springsteen

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A tribute to a parent

Not long ago, I received the most amazing email from a mum whose son is a real live wire. You can watch the YouTube videos of Nathan below to see what I mean. Nathan is a past member of my program The Ten Minute Tutor and a few years ago...
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Joseph Clough

Joseph Clough (pronounced Cluff) is a number #1 best-selling Hay House author. He has a voice like velvet and has created over 200 hours of hypnosis and coaching MP3s and videos that are downloaded over 3 million times every year and listened to over 250 thousand times per month. Joseph...
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How to teach your child to read using syllables

Today we’re going to be talking about how to teach your child to read using syllables. I’m Liz Dunoon and when my 3 children all experienced learning difficulties, I helped them to catch up at school with their reading and spelling and achieve success. As a qualified teacher who specialises...
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Will Smith

Will Smith has attributed his success over the years to two things: His inability to read and an ex-girlfriend, whom he thinks cheated on him because he couldn’t read and wasn’t good enough. Whether that that was the reason for their split or something else altogether, Will vowed to himself...
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How to teach your child to read using phonics and phonemic awareness, also known as synthetic phonics, and blending sounds

Hi everyone. It’s Liz Dunoon here. Does your child know that different letters represent different sounds in words? If so, they are well on their way to grasping a major step in the learn to read and spell process. If not keep watching or reading. Today I’m going to show...
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How to teach your child to read using phonics and the 20 vowel sounds

Hi everyone. It’s Liz Dunoon. Today I’m going to be showing you how to teach your child to read and spell from home using the 20 vowel sounds and how you can use this information to teach your child to read from home. As youngsters, my three children all experienced...
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How to teach your child to read using phonics and the 26 consonant sounds

Hi everyone. It’s Liz Dunoon. Today I’m going to be showing you how to teach your child to read using phonics and the 26 consonant sounds and how you can use this information to teach your child to read from home. My three children all experienced learning difficulties when they...
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How to teach your child to read using phonics and the 46 sounds of the English language

Hi everyone, it’s Liz Dunoon here. Today I’m going to show how to teach your child using phonics and the 46 sounds of the English language. Phonics is one of the most effective ‘free’ tools for teaching a child how to read from home. Watch the video or read more...
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How To Teach Your Child To Read Fast – The 7 Necessary Components

Hi everyone, it’s Liz Dunoon here. Today’s blog post is all about how to teach your child to read and spell. I’m going to tell you about the 7 necessary components that must be included in any effective reading program for struggling readers. When they were younger my 3 children...
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How to teach your child to read – What’s holding your child with learning difficulties back?

Hi everyone, it’s Liz Dunoon here. I’ve created a series of videos to show you how to teach your child to read and spell from home. The first part of this process is understanding what may be holding your child back and that is what I cover in this article....
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Visual Processing Difficulties

Evidence based research up until 2014 Please find the following research reports on visual processing deficits that have been supplied to me over the years. Many people believe that visual processing deficits should not be a consideration when we are supporting children, teens and adults with learning difficulties. My personal...
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Avoiding Dyslexia Discrimination in the Workplace

Here’s another amazing resource that raises concerns on how to avoid discrimination for dyslexic employees or would-be employees.   Be sure to read the full article by clicking the link below. How to Avoid Dyslexia Discrimination in the Workplace By Liz Burton It’s estimated by Dyslexia Action that 6.3 million...
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Magic Mike star Channing Tatum shares 13 things about his Dyslexia

“I had a bad stutter when I was really young. I couldn’t get a sentence out. Like, ‘D-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-ad. And that turned into a mumble.”   My mom said to me, “Be a sponge.’ And so I’ve learned more from people than I have from school or from books.”   “Not...
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Hungry Piranhas Attack

Here’s another fun 10 minute grammar activity.The teacher or parent says…… “Complete sentences must have a subject, a verb and express a complete thought.In other words they must make sense.”Here’s where the fun begins… I’m going to give you an incomplete sentence part…. Then I’m going to add more to...
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Should I Label my Child?

Hi Will having a diagnosis of a ‘learning disability’ hinder or improve your child’s future prospects? I’ve seen parents almost come to blows over this topic….. And others with tears streaming down their faces….. Why? Because labelling a child as dyslexic means by definition that your child has a ‘learning...
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To Capitalise or not, now that is the question?

Here is your next grammar activity to share with your class or to put up on your wall at home and this time it comes with a free downloadable worksheet. See it attached at the bottom….. but don’t hand it out until your students or children have had a go...
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Technology – Why Your Child Needs it

Yes the time has come… At some point you have to accept that your child needs technology to advance their learning. A necessary evil? If used irresponsibly, it can have negative effects, but… …for learning, it needs to be embraced. Reading, spelling and writing are vital areas where the “right”...
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FAQ: How can I help my son to learn the alphabet?

FAQ: My son cannot read, understand or remember the alphabet by heart. I have tried to help him so much but he doesn’t get any better. Please help me. I’m so worried about him. Thanks Marian Hi Marian, It is a worry when you are working hard with your son...
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‘Like A Dyslexic’, by 12 Year Old Isley. A Video Worth Sharing

Even Richard Branson loves 12 year old Isley’s Youtube video. Every once in a while something comes across my desk that I just have to share. Image from Isley Even Richard Branson has been won over by this amazing 12 year old Australian girl Isley and the inspiring Youtube video...
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Learning to Read and Spell in The 21st Century and Why Our Kids Have Lost Interest

Kids today are surrounded by electronic multi-media in many forms including; phones, computers, tablets and gaming devices. They watch videos, stay in touch with their friends, constantly search the internet, follow their favourite YouTubers and keep abreast of current world events via instantaneous news feeds… all whilst playing a riveting...
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How a Truckie Became One of Australia’s Richest Men

As I stood in the foyer of his palatial office building, I wondered what the man who ran the biggest trucking empire in Australia would be like. Now in his late 70’s, he sat behind a massive desk filled with piles of books, paperwork and collectibles. Upon the walls of...
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The Learning Difficulties Directory

Looking for some support? Find it here. Upon discovering that my child had dyslexia, I felt overwhelmed. Initially I didn’t know what to do or who to turn to for support and help. I literally got on the phone and started ringing anyone who listed the word ‘dyslexia’ to see...
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Dyslexia Explained: A book by Mike Jones, CEO and Founder Nessy Learning

Trying to explain dyslexia to a child can be really difficult, but not anymore. This eBook written by Mike Jones, the creator of Nessy does it very well. It is one of the best books I have ever seen for this purpose. It covers everything you need, to inform your...
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The Perfect Program to get Teens and Adults Reading, Spelling and Computing

I am often asked how to assist an older student or adult who has slipped through the education cracks and now needs to catch up on their literacy skills. This multi-sensory program is the perfect solution. It is fast, effective and only takes 2-3 weeks before results are evident and...
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Why Music Matters For Kids With Dyslexia

Musical genius but bad at school. Mick Fleetwood the drummer of Fleetwood Mac is dyslexic and found school almost unbearable. He still can’t say his alphabet to this day, nor can he read music…. but boy can he drum up a beat. Paul McCartney did OK at school, but found...
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5+1 Reasons Your Child May Be Struggling To Learn

There are five main reasons a child can struggle to learn. Visual processing skills Auditory processing skills Phonological processing skills Poor memory skills Organisational skills And the +1 is Slow processing skills which can be a factor in all of these sensory and neurological areas. This does not mean that a...
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Who is Qualified to Test Your Child For Dyslexia?

An in-school learning support teacher or counsellor with the appropriate postgraduate qualifications. You need to check qualifications thoroughly. If you require further clarification check with the dyslexic association in your state of territory. A developmental paediatrician, however you may need a referral from your family doctor. A developmental child psychologist....
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How to Take Back Control of Your Classroom

“Go and sit on the thinking chair right now”. This is a strategy that I used time and time again when I taught in the younger grades. Students who had become agitated, frustrated, angry, or physically abusive were directed to a small chair facing my desk. I would give them...
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7 Things You Won’t Know About Dyslexia

Dyslexics are often described as big picture, out of the box thinkers, but there’s much more to it than that… And new scientific research can tell us why. More and more, we are hearing about twice exceptional dyslexics (2e)…Those dyslexics who struggle to read and spell, but are highly intelligent,...
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