You know your child is smart, but you can’t understand why he/she is struggling to learn to read. Maybe you have been through other intervention programs and nothing has worked. Are you concerned that your child may have Dyslexia?
There IS a reason why your child is struggling and research to back up the right intervention. That’s where we come in. Learning to read requires so many processes in the brain that happen simultaneously: looking at the letters, knowing the sounds of the letters, holding those sounds in memory and blending them together into a word. Does the word look right? Does it sound right? Does it make sense in the sentence?
For some, learning to read comes easy. For others it requires explicit teaching of phonemic awareness (what you hear) and phonics (what you see) in a structured, multisensory environment. People often refer to this methodology as "Orton-Gillingham". In addition to phonics, children need to learn how the words and pictures work together to make meaning. In order to comprehend what is read, a child must also have a good vocabulary and fluency when reading, When all of these pieces come together children can see the goal: to make meaning from the text they read. This is what makes reading enjoyable.
"In a representative survey of U.S. teachers, 67 percent told the EdWeek Research Center that math anxiety was a challenge for their students, and 1 in 4 said they often feel anxious doing math themselves." (Sparks, Education Week)
Math anxiety is real, but luckily we are not born with it. More recent cognitive studies have shown that math anxiety does NOT occur as a result of completing math calculations, but rather the fear of not getting the correct answer before even attempting the problem. It's a fear of failure. Math anxiety increases with age, in part, due to other people's negative attitudes toward math.*
Whether your child needs to build a general understanding of math concepts or just automaticity in math facts, we are here to help. We make sure your child has a solid foundation in basic math skills including: subitizing (instantly recognizing a number of objects without counting), arithmetic (math facts), time, money, geometry (shapes, area/perimeter), fractions, percent, decimals (converting between), visual representation of data (graphs, charts) and solving for an unknown (basic algebra).
*taken from an article in the January 08, 2020 edition of Education Week - You Are Not Your Math Anxiety!
PACE (Processing and Cognitive Enhancement) is a program developed by a multidisciplinary team of professionals to quickly and significantly build those learning skills that are vital to academic success. The program is done intensely, one-on-one, with a trained provider, over a short period of time, so students can see quick results. The exercises are nonacademic so students aren't intimidated by them. The training consists of many small steps and immediate feedback to build even the weakest skills. This gives maximum improvement in the shortest time. As a child progresses through a procedure, tasks are added to it requiring greater attention and forcing new skills to become automatic. Once the child achieves a task, distractions are added again forcing greater attention. Because of this methodology, students average over 3.6 years improvement in all deficient skills within 10 weeks!
Fast ForWord is an evidence-based, adaptive reading and language program that delivers 1-2 years gain in 40-60 hours of use for any struggling learner. Fast ForWord was developed by world renowned neuroscientists to target the root cause of reading and language difficulties in order to deliver lasting results that make better readers and lifelong learners. Fast ForWord is a family of programs for students in grade K-12 so there is a program to meet your child's needs.
Intensively Targeting the Skills Students Need to be Successful:
Bluebird Speech & Language offers child-led, play-based speech and language therapy sessions designed to foster authentic relationships and growth in communication skills.
* Speech Sound Disorders/Apraxia
* Language Delays/Disorders
* Natural Language Development (NLA Trained Clinician)
* AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication)
For more information call or email Sandra at:
(201) 874 - 8861
Occasionally parents will sign their children up for tutoring, but still not see success. This may be because your child learns differently. This could be due to learning style, attention span, or struggles with working memory or processing speed. We specialize in helping children who learn differently. We use large motor activities, games, and exercises to help your child focus and learn.
We have a new teacher, Mr. Kays, on Saturdays and he works with middle school students. Drop us a line for more information.