Why Is Phonemic Awareness so Important?

October 1, 2021

Phonemic Awareness (PA) is a foundational skill that is critical for learning to read. In English (phonemes, which are tiny speech sounds) are mapped onto letters that we use for reading and spelling.  Reading involves mapping a spatial sequence of letters, from left to right, onto a temporal sequence of phonemes, organized from first to…

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How do I know if my child has Dyslexia?

November 19, 2020

Dyslexia looks different at different ages. The only way you will know for sure is by having your child tested.  Here are some red flags from preschool to early elementary age. Preschool Delayed speech Mixing up sounds in multisyllabic words Early stuttering Ear infections Difficulty rhyming. Kindergarten Struggles to read familiar words Doesn’t know how…

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What are sight words?

November 19, 2020

Sight words are written words that can not be decoded (sounded out) and must be memorized. Examples of these words are “the”, “and”, “you”, “said”, and “two”. To help your child memorize sight words, put magnets of the sight words on the refrigerator, have your child practice them with chalk on the driveway or sidewalk,…

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Is Phonemic Awareness the Same as Phonics?

November 19, 2020

When we introduce the concept of phonemic awareness to parents they often ask, “well isn’t that the same as phonics?” to which we say, to their surprise, no! Phonemic Awareness and Phonics are two separate, but key factors in learning to read. And what, might you ask, is the difference between them? What is Phonics?…

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Featured Video: ‘Our Dyslexic Children’

May 22, 2020

* Video description below is from OUR DYSLEXIC CHILDREN YouTube channel. “ABOUT THE FILM OUR DYSLEXIC CHILDREN began principal photography in 2018. The community-funded, non-profit documentary film runs 44 minutes. In 2010, a group of parents in a suburban school district near Columbus, Ohio discovered their children had something in common – they could not…

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What Is Dyslexia?

October 7, 2019

Susan Danker, M.S. CCC-SLP

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