Struggling Readers

                                                      Every classroom has a number of students that struggle in reading. Struggling readers are divided into three groups, those that have difficulty reading the words accurately, those that have problems understanding and those who have trouble with fluency. All are struggling readers to some degree or other. The most important point is to make certain […]

Tips to Help Your Child Read

The Problem Are you experiencing trouble trying to get your child to be a successful reader? Does the child’s teacher continually tell you not to worry that the child will learn at their own pace? Do you know that your child could read better if they had the correct support? Reading is a skill that […]

What is Executive Function?

Executive function is a set of mental processes that helps connect past experience with present action. People use it to perform activities such as planning, organizing, strategizing, paying attention to and remembering details, and managing time and space. If you have trouble with executive function, these things are more difficult to do. You may also […]


SLEEP IS IMPORTANT FOR LEARNING AND CAN NOT BE UNDERESTIMATED. Sleep and School-aged Children (5-12 years) Children aged five to 12 need 10-11 hours of sleep. At the same time, there is an increasing demand on their time from school (e.g., homework), sports and other extracurricular and social activities. In addition, school-aged children become more […]

What is Dyslexia? What can we do to help?

     Dyslexia is an inherited brain condition that is a difference in the wiring of the brain. It is one of the most common learning disabilities. Dyslexia is a language based disability in basic reading and spelling. The difficulties are related to the connection between sounds and written letters. Cutting up words (decoding) knowing individual words, poor reading fluency and spelling weaknesses […]


Have You Fed Your Brain Today?                                 I have been fascinated with the brain for years, but it is only over the last few years that I have had time to research and learn practical ideas to help children when teaching reading, writing and spelling. Feeding your brain is bigger than Mount Kosciusko. Here are […]


Our Brain Can Perform Better The Active Brain It  well known that our brain can perform better. It only takes a few small additions on a daily basis to effect this change.  Everyone who knows me would know, I am continuously scurrying around finding practical applications to support children who have learning difficulties. This is […]

Writing Structure Plays a BIG part in Learning to Read

Writing Structure Plays a BIG part in Learning to Read.                                Background Information Writing structure plays a big part in learning to read. Different types of writing such as stories, a reports or poems have different structures. Each of these types is used for different purposes and therefore uses different structures to deliver the author’s message. […]

Encouragement is the Best Medicine

Encouragement is the Best Medicine Encouragement is the best medicine. It can drive children through problems and onto the pathway to success. Think of any situation in your personal life and know how encouragement pushed you to crawl your way out of the pit. I can remember vividly a young boy who suffered from anxiety, depression […]