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All posts by Henk du Plessis

30

Dec'16

A Multisensory Approach to Teaching Reading: Question and Answer

My son is dyslexic. Studies have shown that for children with difficulties learning to read, a multisensory teaching method is the most effective teaching method. Apparently, this is especially crucial for a dyslexic child. What does multisensory mean? How will I use this approach to teach my son to discriminate between b's and d's?

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23

Dec'16

Four Cognitive Skills for Successful Learning

The word "cognition" is defined as "the act or process of knowing". Cognitive skills therefore refer to those skills that make it possible for us to know. Research has shown that cognitive skills are a determining factor of an individual’s learning ability...

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23

Dec'16

What Causes Reading Disabilities?

Successful intervention is dependent on finding the cause or causes of a problem. Most problems can only be solved if one knows their causes. A viable point of departure would therefore be to ask the question, "What causes reading disabilities?"

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22

Dec'16

Bizarre Reading and Spelling: A Severe Form of Dyslexia

The term dyslexia was coined from the Greek words dys, meaning ill or difficult, and lexis, meaning word. It is used to refer to persons for whom reading is simply beyond their reach. Spelling and writing, due to their close relationship with reading, are usually included. Bizarre reading or spelling is a severe form of dyslexia and is characterised by the following symptoms...

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15

Dec'16

What Is Dyslexia Really? Part 2

While language skills comprise the first rung of the reading ladder, cognitive skills comprise the second. There is a whole conglomeration of cognitive skills that are foundational to reading and spelling.

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15

Dec'16

What Is Dyslexia Really? Part 1

The term dyslexia was coined from the Greek words dys, meaning ill or difficult, and lexis, meaning word. It is used to refer to persons for whom reading is simply beyond their reach. Spelling and writing, due to their close relationship with reading, are usually included.

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12

Dec'16

Give Your Kids the Edge Over this Holiday Season

With thousands of households feeling the pressure of a tight food budget and parents fearing that their children's hard work over the academic year may regress because of the December holidays, grabbing fast food and on-the-go meals has become easier. Although this may save time, they will not help keep kids sharp and ready for the new school year.

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11

Dec'16

IQ Tests Can Be Wrong: The Story of Gregory Ochoa

When Gregory Ochoa was a high school student in California, he and his classmates were given an IQ test. Gregory and the other students were told that the results would enable the school to place them in classes commensurate with their skills. It seemed like a fair thing to do; after all, they were all being given the same chance, the same test...

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07

Dec'16

Radio Interview: Preserving Children’s Cognitive Progress over the Holidays

For many parents, the December holidays can be a wonderful time to regroup after a tough year, although holiday stresses like hosting the in-laws, shopping mall crowds and dwindling December finances may put a damper on the festive spirit. Another nagging concern may be the fear that their children’s hard work over the academic year may regress during their well-deserved break...

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06

Dec'16

Babies’ First Words Can Be Predicted Based on Visual Attention

Indiana University psychologists have shown that a baby's most likely first words are based upon their visual experience, laying the foundation for a new theory of infant language learning.

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