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The 3 Big Breakthroughs in the History of Remedial Reading

Remedial reading at any age

While the reading proficiency stats still make dismal reading — 30% of 8th graders are still not reading at a basic level according to US Education stats — there have been tremendous advances in our understanding of reading and what constitutes effective remedial reading.

In the course of human history, reading is a relatively recent development.  It’s not a natural skill — there is no re…


Harnessing Neuroplasticity To Narrow Achievement Gaps

brain plasticity in early childhood helps learning

In a recent New York Times article, columnist Nicholas Kristof  wonders whether we are spending  adequate resources on early education. We believe the answer to this question is a resounding “no”.  Our vision is to target skill gaps early on using interventions that take advantage of brain plasticity and thereby eliminate the frustration of a lifetime of learning difficulties shared by milli…


The 7 Essential Steps To Reading Mastery

Steps to Reading Mastery

Mastering reading is no easy feat.  It takes years to develop and needs a wide range of cognitive — processing, sequencing, attention, working memory, visual eye tracking — and reading skills to function flawlessly. Any impediments along the multi-year path to reading proficiency has the potential to derail reading for life.

Visions of the path to mastery in reading have changed over time,…


9 Surprising Consequences of Auditory Processing Disorder

Auditory processing disorder in children

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is an umbrella term to describe a number of difficulties with synthesizing auditory information.  It does not just describe a physical hearing problem, although many children with hearing problems tend to have delayed auditory processing skills because of the reduced amount of opportunity they have to listen and process.

Most parents suspect auditory proce…


Why Kids Are Failing In The Learning Fundamentals

Learning fundamentals are suffering

Children are getting less and less time to develop learning fundamentals. Successive waves of test result-driven accountability are pushing formal instruction into earlier and earlier grades, squeezing out time for development of generalized learning skills.

Just for clarity, we define learning fundamentals broadly as the building blocks for all future learning.  These includes cognitive ski…


Don’t Make This Mistake With Your Dyslexic Child

parenting a dyslexic child

Whether it comes from living life as a dyslexic or from reading about dyslexia online, we believe it is a mistake for parents to accept at an early age that their child’s dyslexia is going to to be permanent and unmovable. Dyslexia is not a medical diagnosis.  It is an educational diagnosis, which implies almost by definition that real progress is possible.
Dyslexia Treatments Have Come A Long…