Category Archives for "DOWN SYNDROME & SPECIAL NEEDS"

There Is An Easier Way to Learn Sight Words

By Marilee Senior | DOWN SYNDROME & SPECIAL NEEDS , DYSLEXIA & STRUGGLING READERS , PHONICS, READING & SPELLING , Uncategorized

No More Sight Words

Road Map for READing Sight Words The “Dolch sight words list” was originally compiled in 1936 and then published in 1948.  Sight words have been ingrained in our educational system since.  Many people, including educators, think sight words need to be memorized because they cannot be sounded out.  And they can’t!–if you use a one […]

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Celebrate!

By admin | DOWN SYNDROME & SPECIAL NEEDS

On Tuesday, we gathered to celebrate “Nana’s” 98th birthday. She fell a week and a half ago and is currently in rehab. But that doesn’t stop her partying! In addition to celebrating this remarkable woman and being grateful for the years I have been her daughter-in-law, it also reminded me to celebrate Casey’s participation. (click title to read more)

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Is E-Reading to Your Toddler Story Time, or Simply Screen Time

By admin | DOWN SYNDROME & SPECIAL NEEDS

I read with great interest this article in my Sunday (paper) issue of the New York Times. I think you will enjoy it also. It does give a look at both sides of the issue stating recent, and slightly older, research. One that particularly caught my attention is that several studies found that young children “whose parents read to them from an electronic book had lower reading comprehension than children whose parents used traditional books.”

In addition to this, I think we parents of children with Down syndrome recognize the need to encourage as much speech as possible. (click on title to read more)

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National Down Syndrome Month

By admin | 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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