By Beverly Stewart, M.Ed. – Published January 2009

Reading improvement for your child

Many children, and adults for that matter, have difficulty reading. There are specialized programs to assist non-readers and poor readers to improve their literacy level. Here are a couple of helpful programs that you may not be familiar with:

Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes- The programs in this method have been effective with symptoms of dyslexia, hyperlexia, autism and general learning disabilities. They target the basic sensory functions that are related to learning and stimulate them. These programs include, but are not limited to, Talkies, Seeing Stars, and Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing.

Orton-Gillingham-This methodology was developed by Dr. Samuel Orton and an educator, Anna Gillingham. It puts emphasis on visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning styles and uses phonetics. It is a multi-sensory approach to reading. Orton-Gillingham begins with the structure of language and teaches reading, handwriting and written expression as a logical all-encompassing body. This comprehensive approach benefits a majority of students, if not all.

Of course, catching a reading difficulty early is key. Observe your children and seek help at the first sign of trouble. This gives you the best chance of success no matter what program you choose. We also have psychologists on staff to do psychoeducational testing.

Quote of the month:
“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”-John Dewey

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Beverly Stewart, M.Ed.

Beverly Stewart, M.Ed. is President and Director of Back to Basics Learning Dynamics, Inc., an area leader in 1-on-1 tutoring and test prep for children and adults, and translating/interpreting since 1985. In addition, Back to Basics is a Department of Education approved 1-on-1 Private School for K-12, as well as a Business and Trade School for ages 16+.
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Back to Basics Learning Dynamics, Inc. is located on 6 Stone Hill Road, Wilmington.

Beverly Stewart inducted to Hall of Fame of Delaware Women