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10 easy phonemic awareness activities

Phonemic awareness is the awareness of individual sounds in spoken words. For example, ‘cat’ has 3 phonemes /c/, /a/ and /t/ and ‘six’ has 4 phonemes /s/, /i/, /k/, /s/. Having an awareness of individual sounds is critical for reading development, as it is necessary to first have an awareness of spoken sounds before it is possible to map those sounds onto the abstract symbols we use to represent them …

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Dyslexia friendly schools – 10 essential questions for prospective schools

Looking for learning difference/dyslexia friendly schools? Here are some must ask questions to help you pick the right dyslexia friendly school for your child. Before attending your meeting, do a bit of background research. The more you know about dyslexia, teacher education programs and intervention programs, the more targeted you can be with your questions and the better you will understand the answers. There are some excellent Facebook support groups for …

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5 simple ways to support someone with dyslexia at home, at school, or in the workplace.

These 5 simple ways to support someone with Dyslexia can make the world of difference between success and failure. Give simple instructions. Give instructions one at a time, in the order of tasks, and use the fewest possible words. For example, don’t say ‘I forgot to say, before you email the client, make sure you have checked over the proposal and had it signed off by management.’ Instead, say ‘Please …

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15 car games to get your child classroom ready

Games that develop your child’s awareness of sounds (phonological awareness), listening and memory skills are essential to prepare them for learning in the classroom, and are a great way to beat car time boredom. These games are especially helpful if you suspect your child may have a specific learning difficulty. Here are some suggestions: Play I spy – this develops the child’s ability to isolate the initial sound in a …

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