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Ask Susan: Daughter Fails Comprehension Tests

In this column Susan assists a mother who is concerned about her daughter who can read with perfect fluency, but her comprehension does not match her reading ability. The causes of and solutions to reading comprehension problems are addressed.

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Ask Susan: Are My Children Not Creative Enough?

I worry that my children aren’t imaginative and creative enough. My elder son is six years old. Yesterday he and his friend were playing in our backyard. His friend pretended to be a giant dinosaur, and all my son said was, “there’s no dinosaur”. He never pretend plays, in fact, he seldom plays.

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Ask Susan: My Son’s Gross and Fine Motor Skills Are Poorly Developed

My son is in 2nd grade. According to his teacher his reading and spelling ability is on par but he struggles with writing. His teacher says his gross and fine motor skills are poorly developed and this is affecting his speed, even in math class.

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Ask Susan: Surface Dyslexia; How to Help

My daughter Sofie has been diagnosed with surface dyslexia. She reverses b/d, p/q, the letters j and g, and reads words like ‘rat’ as ‘tar’. She even reverses numbers.

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Ask Susan: How to Overcome Reading Comprehension Difficulties

Reading comprehension is the heart and goal of reading, since the purpose of all reading is to gather meaning from the printed page. The symptoms and causes of reading comprehension difficulties are discussed, as well as intervention.

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Ask Susan: My Son Struggles with Spelling

My son, who is 10, has a problem with spelling. He reads adequately, however, he spells words as they sound to him. I am concerned that he is going to encounter a lot of problems when he hits high school. Sometimes I wonder if spelling even matters? What do you suggest?

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Ask Susan: How Much TV Should My Kids Be Watching?

TV is a fundamental part of many children’s lives – many kids are glued to the TV for hours every day. Add the time they spend staring at DVDs, computers and video games and the screen time really mounts up. Does this do any damage, or is it a harmless way for kids to pass the time?

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Ask Susan: Orthographic Dyslexia — Symptoms, Causes, Intervention

Orthographic dyslexia, also called surface dyslexia, dyseidetic dyslexia or visual dyslexia, is a subtype of dyslexia that refers to children who struggle with reading because they can’t recognize words by sight.

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Ask Susan: Son’s School Work Is Suffering Due to Poor Sleep

In the newest 'Ask Susan' column, Edublox advises a mom whose son is struggling with his school work as a result of poor sleep. Read more about recommended hours of sleep for different life phases and why sleep is important to achieve optimum performance.

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Ask Susan: Strategies to Improve Inferential Comprehension

Inferential comprehension is the ability to process written information and understand the underlying meaning of the text. This information is then used to infer or determine deeper meaning that is not explicitly stated.

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Ask Susan: ‘I Find it Difficult to Study for Exams’

Whatever you do, hold on to your dreams. Some people blossom early, others only later in life. The ‘Queen of the Andes’ is a rather small plant, but once it blooms, it grows to be up to 30 feet high! Maybe you only need to change a few things so that you too, can start blooming.

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Ask Susan: Daughter Has Profound Dyslexia, Dysnomia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia

My daughter Amy tested as profoundly dyslexic and struggles in math, writing and spelling as well. We have done two years of OG and have seen reading improvement, but she is still at least two grades behind. She has always been homeschooled though.

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