National Down Syndrome Month

By Marilee Senior | DOWN SYNDROME & SPECIAL NEEDS

If you have read “about us” you know that the genesis for Wordy Worm® Reading is Casey O’Halloran, a young man with Down syndrome, who struggled to learn how to read and finally was successful. Wordy Worm® is our mission to help other families avoid the years of struggle, frustration, and failure Casey faced. October is National Down Syndrome Month, so I digress from our usual reading-specific topics to share a personal reflection with you…(click on title)

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Commas Can Save Lives

By Marilee Senior | PHONICS, READING & SPELLING

​ Lets eat grandma. Oh, dear, where is the comma headed?A recent U.K Daily Mail headline read, “The death of the comma? U.S. academic claims punctuation mark could be abolished from English language with ‘little loss of clarity’ (my emphasis).”Little loss of clarity???? OK, Professor McWhorter,ditch the commas. Are you perfectly clear on this writer’s […]

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Double O: The Halloween Phonogram

By Marilee Senior | PHONICS, READING & SPELLING

Halloween is a great time to introduce the concept of multi-letter phonograms. Teaching all three sounds of the’ double o’ phonogram may not currently be developmentally appropriate for your little one with Down syndrome. But you can begin by teaching just the visual skill of SEEING ‘oo’ in words. Brothers and sisters may well be ready for learning all three sounds. If so, go for it! (click title to read more)

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