Pushing

My biggest lesson I learned from my continued reading journey with my daughter is that I need to calm down and relax. She is reading. She has a great imagination and can visualize what is happening in a story without pictures. Visualization is an important skill that is necessary for good reading comprehension. Most of …

What did I learn teaching my daughter to read?

Of course, the reading adventure continues and my investigation also continues. After a parent teacher conference I’m told my daughter can read “J” level books, but because most of the students in the class are not on “J” level there are not many of those books in the class. I asked my daughter if she …

An Early Reading Adventure: Part III

While helping my daughter learn to read, I have explored the world of literacy in a much more personal way. Pre-reading activities such as reading together everyday, rhyming, story telling etc. have always been apart of our regular activities. I tried four different approaches to teach my daughter the sound system. First, we started with …

Language-based learning disorder vs learning difference

Let us face it we are a society that loves to apply “pathology” to everything that is outside of what we want to believe is normal. We think normal is this very definable entity. The problem is that normal covers such a broad range. Is there a difference between learning disability and learning difference? We …

Head injuries and strokes: lessons to learn

Working at Boston Specialty Rehabilitation Hospital, my first job, helped me to define my role as a “Speech Pathologist.” One of my greatest success’s while working in rehabilitation, was working with a woman who had suffered a stroke by providing cognitive and reading remediation. While chasing one of my early clients down the halls of …