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Myth # 10 – Fast Readers Are Good Readers

Are Fast Readers are Good Readers? Not necessarily. Accurate readers who process what they read as they are reading are good readers. It can be important to measure word per minute speed but that number can be misleading. Sometimes fast readers are just skipping over words. Sometimes fast readers read beautifully but have no idea what they are reading. At The Reading Clinic, we meet
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Stick-to-it-tiveness

This article, from the National Center for Learning Disabilities, describes the six attributes needed to develop a stick-to-it attitude and different ways you can help develop them. They are: self-awareness, proactivity, perseverance, goal setting, the presence and use of effective support systems and emotional coping strategies. The Reading Clinic offers a unique experience for kids who are having a hard time sticking to their
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The Myth of Average

This TedX talk by L. Todd Rose on The Myth of  Average just might change how you view education.   We’ve already made the change to designing lessons specifically in response to child’s unique set of strengths and weaknesses so we can attest to the effectiveness of this approach. And, as described in the video,  we love the idea of supporting the in classroom experience
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Finally – A Tutoring Center that Understands My Child

Some kids have an amazing, but counter-productive, ability to mask or compensate for underlying difficulties. And for most kids, the strategies eventually stop being effective when the workload or difficulty out paces their compensatory strategies. If there’s one thing we’ve learned at The Reading Clinic it is to not assume that a child has a particular skill because of their age or apparent ability.
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Learning Disability Tutors Can Keep Your Child On Track

By this time of the year school is in full swing. Children have settled into their routines and every day brings a new set of learning challenges to be overcome. For many children those challenges can be overwhelming. Getting the additional support they need to succeed can be difficult especially for the child with special needs. Public schools have lots of children all vying
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Free Webinar: Reading Comprehens​ion – The Forest AND The Trees on Oct 10th 12PM PT

Reading Comprehension – The Forest AND The Trees, with Beth Powell of The Reading Clinic In this webinar, parents will learn the factors that contribute to comprehension, warning signs of a comprehension issue and how to address the major issues affecting their child’s ability to understand what they are reading. Parents will understand how children learn how to read, when to be concerned about
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The “Not So Basic” Facts

April 2nd, 6:30 pm – 8:00pm Specific strategies for learning the basic facts will be discussed. Parents will learn how to advocate for their child when timed-testing is counterproductive. This will be relevant to learning affected by the basic facts, even if your child is in Algebra. 445 Sherman Ave. Ste N, Palo Alto, CA 94306 Space is limited so please rsvp to info@thereadingclinic.com
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How the Brain Learns Mathematics

March 26th, 6:30 pm – 8:00pm Parents and teachers will learn to identify why a child is struggling with math and how they can help. This is an overview from learning to count through Algebra. Participants will gain an understanding of how to best approach a particular student’s learning, including effective use of manipulatives. 445 Sherman Ave. Ste N, Palo Alto, CA 94306 Space
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Nourishing Your Child’s Soul

When children are struggling with learning disabilities,  parents have concerns about how to help their child manage difficulties related to academics and they also have concerns about their child’s self-image. In her book, ‘Overcoming Dyslexia’,  Sally Shaywitz devotes a chapter to ‘Protecting and Nourishing Your Child’s Soul’ (inspiration for my blog entry title) and she makes so many great points.  She emphasizes that a
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Does The Brain Like Ebooks?

The editors of The New York Times discuss their answers here. The article includes a contribution from Maryanne Wolf, author of Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain. Tweet