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7 Ways to increase your child’s resilience

Your child’s resilience is influenced by two things; the individual characteristics they were born with and the environmental influences around them. As a parent there are five areas to focus on when you’re building a child’s resilience, these are: Providing education about resilience. Building strong and supportive relationships. Working on...
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How dare you come up with the new way to teach reading and spelling.

Who Do You Think You Are? You’re not a reading Professor or even an academic for that matter! What makes you think what you’ve created… is going to work? Well it does work, and I’ve got plenty of evidence to prove it. I’m Liz Dunoon and I’ve got three children...
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What is Cross Domination and what does it mean for a struggling learner?

Most of us know someone who can use both hands to perform a task, like writing, playing an instrument or a sport. These people seem to have an amazing ability to do these tasks equally well with both hands. This is known as being ambidextrous and is quite rare. Imagine...
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5 signs to look for if you think your child may have a visual processing deficit

When your child is struggling to read, the best place to start is with a basic eye test. But… what do you do once you’ve seen the optometrist and you’ve been told that your child has perfect vision 20/20 vision and they don’t need glasses…..yet you know for a fact,...
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It’s really hard…

It’s really hard when your child comes home from school and explodes in frustration. They’re yelling and screaming… …and it’s directed at you. Where in the heck did that come from, you wonder in shock? “Don’t yell at me” …your scream back …and now you’re yelling too. What about the...
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How to find an inspirational superstar for your struggling learner

Jay Leno is an inspiration to many Source: af.mil When your child is struggling at school it can be overwhelming for parents. You’ll be constantly seeking help from teachers, trying to keep them positive and knowing exactly where to start is extremely difficult. There are remedial programs to consider, parent...
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Which learning style are you? – Your survey results

We asked you what your favourite learning style was and your responses told us; you either had more than one learning style preference or you really weren’t sure. These responses were split exactly 50:50. Not one of you said, you only had one learning style preference. This supports the idea...
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A New School Turning Traditional Education on its Head

Lindfield Learning Village Is this the future direction of education? Lindfield Learning Village is set to turn learning ‘on its head’ with a completely different approach to education. The Learning Village is situated on the Ku-ring-gai site of the old University of Technology in Sydney, NSW Australia. It has received...
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How to get your child reading without a teacher?

If your struggling learner came to you and told you that they had taught themselves to read, would you believe them? What if I told you I could do this for your child and that I’ve already helped over 5000 children to learn to read by themselves. Not only that…...
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What is your preferred learning style and… can it change?

Teaching is changing, with teachers using more technology and varying teaching styles to reach an ever-changing technologically advanced generation of learners. Ongoing research tells us we don’t all learn the same way. “Researchers have discovered there are 7 – 8 different learning styles and our education system can no longer...
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Is it Desert or Dessert? Commonly confused words in the English Language

We all know how difficult the English language is to learn, particularly when it comes to spelling. There are those 26 letters and 46 sounds which together make over 1200 spelling combinations in words. Once you have learnt these, (if you ever do), you will then be faced with words...
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Back to school nightmare

This year, school will be different. You’re full of hope that reading and spelling is going to click for your child this time around. A new teacher, a new beginning! Isn’t that how it works? Surely there’s going to be some reprieve from the constant worry. BUT… It only lasts...
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What were your favourite years at school?

□ Was it Primary, Elementary or Junior School? □ Was it Secondary or Senior School? □ Was it your TAFE, College or University? □ It was none of these. I was homeschooled. □ It was none of these. I couldn’t wait to leave and get a job? Some people describe...
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Six DYS words you need to know explained simply

When specialists start to throw terms at us that we don’t understand, it adds to our stress. Not only do we have a child or student who is struggling to learn at school, now we have a whole series of new terms to decipher and remember. Below are six terms...
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Who was your favourite teacher and why? – Survey results

When I ask students and people about their favourite subject at school and why, it is usually the teacher that is the reason. “A great teacher can make even the most difficult subjects enjoyable, especially if they are fun and use innovative ways of teaching.” During my school years, I...
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What are the best books for struggling readers?

Let’s start with one of my favourites Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss. There is only a total of 50 words in this book used over and over again, yet it has a great storyline and is full of fun. Boys Rule and Girls Rock, written by Felice Arena,...
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Who owns the word ‘Dyslexia’?

Is it the American based International Dyslexia Association (IDA), the London based British Dyslexia Association (BDA), visual processing specialists, educational psychologists, optometrists, neurologists or educators? Does one organisation, country or state have the right to ownership of the term? In general, the word dyslexia means; ‘dys’ a difficulty and ‘lexia’...
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What is a Linguist?

If you truly want to understand how the English language works… … spend some time with a linguist(you say it “lingwist”). A linguist studies ‘Linguistics’. Yes, I know it all sounds rather confusing but bear with me for a little longer. Linguistics is the scientific study of language and its...
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Your child’s number one trick for getting through school – Survey results

One of my closest friends at teachers college was Liz P. We are still close friends to this day. A few years back she revealed to me for the first time that she had found learning at school really difficult. I was shocked. She went on to tell me how...
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Who was your favourite teacher and why?

Yesterday I gave you 19 instructions for your teacher. Today I want to know who is/was your favourite teacher and why? You see not all teachers are created equal. Some are just better at teaching kids who learn differently. Everyone has a favourite teacher. Mine was Mrs Grabowski. She was...
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19 Instructions for my teacher

“The one thing that comes across repeatedly in research on assisting children with school learning difficulties, is that the strategies that teachers employ to help struggling learners invariably benefit all students.” If you were to ask a struggling child for an instruction manual to create the perfect teacher, what would...
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Why is it that good readers sometimes can’t spell?

A FAQ from Christine answered by Liz Dunoon “Liz, why is it that some children can read fine but have a lot of trouble with spelling? And how can I help with this? A particular child who I am concerned about is a boy in grade 5. He is quite...
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Your gift from Dyslexia Daily to celebrate the 2019 New Year

Click on the button links to claim your gifts. and Here’s to you and your child’s success!...
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How children with school learning difficulties compensate at school

They develop an excellent auditory memory and remember everything they hear. They have an excellent visual memory for whole words meaning they never need to decode to read and can visualise images and diagrams used in class. They ask other students to help them and explain things to them. They...
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26 letters, 46 sounds and the 1200+ ways to spell them

The English language is made up of the 26 letters, A-Z, with 46 sounds or phonemes. BUT…there is more than 1200 ways to spell them. While there are some logical aspects to the English language, if you take into account letter patterns and word origins; it is nowhere near an...
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Your Child’s 3+ Favourite Activities – Your Survey Results

From these results it looks as though your children will be busy having fun this holiday season. Thanks to everyone who took time out of their busy end of year schedule, to respond to our survey. It’s fabulous to see the wide variety of answers we received. A large number...
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46 sounds your child already knows

When we speak the English language, we use a combination of the many sounds the letters of the alphabet make. I use spoken language to help children to identify how to recognize these sounds in the words. “The English language has 26 letters A-Z, but these letters or combinations of...
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What is your child’s Super-Power? Your Survey Results

Thank you to everyone who took the time to answer the survey asking about your child’s Super-Power. It is clear from the results that while some children may struggle with some aspects of their learning, they do in fact have their own super-powers. While every child is different, it is...
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Phonemes – What they are and why do our kids need them

As we all know, there are 26 letters in the English language, A-Z. Each of these letters makes a different sound or sounds in words. When I teach the Speech to Spelling Code™, I say there are a total of 46 spoken sounds for these 26 letters. “Starting with speech...
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3 Ways to find your child’s Super Power

(Also, please let us know what your child’s strength is below.)

When your child is struggling to learn, people will often say to you as a parent, find their strengths and it will fix everything, but it doesn’t quite work that way, because first, you have to find them. “Your child’s strengths are a great place to start when you want...
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To Repeat or Not To Repeat? – YOUR FEEDBACK

Thank you to all the people who responded to the 4 questions I asked, about their children changing schools and repeating a year. These responses help me and my team understand your personal experiences surrounding your child repeating a school year or changing schools to access better levels of support....
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I hate homework!

Did you know it’s highly likely your child spends all day struggling through school, comes home mentally exhausted and is then faced with an hour or more of homework? It’s enough to make them cry. I can tell you without a doubt; tears can morph into massive meltdowns as the...
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To repeat or not to repeat?

This week we are asking parents all about their experiences and challenges when it comes to having a child who is struggling to learn at school and may need to repeat a school year. This may be because… You as the parent, think it is the right course of action...
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So What’s Good About Having a School Learning Difficulty?

Firstly we all need to be aware that having a school learning difficulty can and does provide advantages. That’s right I said ‘advantages’. There are skills that some struggling school learners excel in that many others do not. Maybe you can recognise some of these strengths in your own child...
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You Are Not Alone

Firstly, a big thank you to everyone who took the time to email or comment about your number one concern or worry regarding a child or a student with a school learning difficulty. Those who asked specific questions, I will answer those over the next few weeks as I cover...
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10 Reasons why many of the good teachers are leaving teaching in droves

This is a controversial subject! There has been quite a bit in the media lately, even current affairs program 60 Minutes did an exposé on this topic recently here in Australia. Let’s get something straight… Not all the good teachers are leaving. There are many amazing teachers still in our...
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Are you looking for a guaranteed way to help your child to catch up at school?

What is the Speech to Spelling Code™ and The Ten Minute Tutor™? Who created these methods of child-centred learning and why do they work for struggling learners? I did! I’m the smallest child in the photo above. So… let me tell you how it all began. I grew up in...
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7 Steps to get a shutdown learner reading again

Is your child a shutdown learner when it comes to reading? This is the child who has tried and tried to learn to read and has simply given up. These children have decided that it’s not for them and they don’t want to try anymore or feel embarrassed as a...
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3 Points to cover when you talk about anxiety with your kids

We all know that anxiety is an ever-present symptom in children with learning difficulties, disabilities or differences. Children who are struggling to learn at school are often overwhelmed and paralyzed by anxiety, so how can we explain to our children what anxiety is? The topic is complicated, but you can...
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What is the best program for older teens and adults who need fast, effective, literacy support?

This question comes up time and time again: What do I recommend for older teens and adults who need fast effective literacy support? Or sometimes the question is… “My child is about to start high school and is petrified. How can I help them to get ready and cope with...
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3 Steps to overcoming child anxiety

There are three simple steps you can follow to deal with anxiety in children. Anxiety is not uncommon in children with school learning difficulties, disabilities or differences. In fact, I have just successfully gone through this 3-step process with my own daughter, so I thought I would share it with...
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10 Behavioral indicators of a child’s struggle to learn

The problem with having a learning difficulty, disability or difference is that you can’t see it. It’s not like the child or person who has a physical disability, where you can see they are in a wheelchair or on crutches. A child with a learning difficulty won’t look any different...
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What every student needs to know about sentences

Let’s start at the beginning, with the child who is trying to get their thoughts and ideas onto the page in the written form. For children who struggle with literacy, this can be a real challenge. Forget about: nouns, verbs, adverbs or adjectives, to get started children need to know...
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What is Dyslexia? Is it Phonological or Visual?

This question comes up time and time again. Your view on it will most likely be determined by your educational background, your own personal experience and your understanding of dyslexia and learning difficulties. There are two distinct types of dyslexia; one is visual dyslexia and the other is phonological dyslexia....
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How to make your child love punctuation

How do you make your child want to learn about punctuation? How can you make it fun? That’s right I said FUN! Let’s focus on the comma (,) that little pause that goes into sentences when we want the reader to take a tiny break. Full stops or periods (.)...
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The Chatterbox

I have lots of fantastic parents who visit my website and social media platforms and use the resources I create to help their children. This helps their children to get ahead in literacy and to catch up at school as well. It’s so wonderful when they contact me to tell...
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9 Areas of literacy teachers need to focus on

Here are 9 areas of literacy teachers need to focus on when they are teaching. The first one is phonics or the sound, symbol code. Phonics There are 26 letters in the English alphabet, A-Z. These letters combined make 46 sounds; a-, e-, i-, o-, u-, are the way we represent...
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A tribute to my second son

My second son has just graduated from high school and finished year 12. We have just had his valedictory dinner at the Melbourne Museum. It was a magical evening. My school journey isn’t over just yet, I still have my daughter to go and of course, the support I offer...
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How to get a learning assessment for your struggling child

How do you go about getting an assessment or diagnosis for a struggling learner? This is a topic that I cover extensively in my book: Helping Children With Dyslexia. I wrote this book (currently in its 2nd edition) as a direct response to helping my three children who have now...
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6 Reasons why a child may be struggling to learn

There are many reasons why a child may struggle to learn how to read. Most teachers are not trained to recognise the symptoms of a learning difficulty and may miss the signs of a child who is struggling for legitimate reasons. Today, I want to talk to you about the...
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