The Importance of Movement for Students

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Melanie Toth is a former classroom teacher who co-authored Inspiring Active Learning: A Complete Handbook for Today’s Teachers. She has worked for several New York Learning Centers, including Gemm Learning in 2007. She teaches children’s yoga through Story Time and Munchkin and Me Yoga in New York along with several adult classes. I recently spoke with Melanie about the benefits of children’s yo…


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Reading Resolutions for 2017

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As the New Year approaches and holiday excitement starts to decrease, it’s common to make resolutions for the coming year. However, most are typically abandoned shortly afterwards and involve food, exercise, or career goals. While these types of resolutions can be beneficial, setting reading or educational goals can often be more practical. And they may lead to improved attitudes about learnin…


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Persistence Overcomes Academic Challenges: Georgia’s Story

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As parents, we all hope our children will be able to avoid too many academic challenges. Georgia’s mom began having concerns when her daughter was around 4 ½ years old. As she worked to help prepare Georgia for school, she noticed her daughter had a limited vocabulary and was unable to remember things. Their pediatrician didn’t seem concerned and suggested that the school would test her, if…


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An Audiologist’s Insight Part II

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Gemm Learning provides learning programs that assist with the underlying causes of many reading struggles. Our primary program, Fast ForWord, focuses on auditory processing, sequencing, memory and attention skills.

The following is a continuation of our interview posted on November 16, 2016. It includes Dr. Lynn Sirow’s insight on hearing aids and assisted listening devices as well as recent …


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Auditory Problems: An Audiologist’s Insight

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As providers of Fast ForWord, a program that focuses on memory, attention, auditory processing and sequencing skills, we are always interested in learning more about the field of audiology. I recently spoke with Dr. Sirow about the warning signs and causes associated with auditory problems, advances in technology, and the impact of interventions.

Dr. Lynn Sirow has a PHD in audiology and over…


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Parent-Teacher Conferences

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As a classroom teacher, I began parent-teacher conferences by asking if the parent(s) had any specific questions or concerns. I wanted to be sure to address them during our time together. I was often surprised by the number of attendees who, not only didn’t have concerns in advance, but had few comments or questions as I reviewed the prepared materials and information. This is not to say that …


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