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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: Reading Comprehension Difficulties — Symptoms, Causes, Intervention

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: When Do the Exercises Level Up?

I bought a 3 month membership for my son. I have difficulty understanding why the reading, sequencing and grid pattern graphs are not moving at all, although he is doing the exercises.

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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. It is a higher order thinking skill that involves linking prior knowledge to new information to make meaning; and requires readers to combine ideas, draw conclusions, as well as interpret and evaluate information.

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Ask Susan: Cognitive Skills Training Can Be Compared to Weightlifting

Image going to the gym, where you will be doing weightlifting for the first time. There will be weight plates of different sizes: from the lightest weighing 2.5 pounds, to the heaviest weighing 100 pounds. Every person in the gym, including you, will be lifting weights according to their own abilities, with the ultimate aim of lifting heavier and heavier weights to build body muscles.

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Ask Susan: Should One Focus on Weaker Cognitive Skills?

Just wondering, does the program allow the child to focus more on areas they struggle with, rather than work on all areas equally?

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Ask Susan: Why a Multiple Cognitive Approach Is the Answer to Learning Disabilities

Susan provides four reasons why the best solution for learning disabilities is to follow a balanced and holistic approach and develop multiple cognitive skills, and not only some.

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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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Ask Susan: Is Dyslexia Incurable?

Ever since the diagnosis my son has been depressed and has become withdrawn. He says he is dumb and stupid. He really wants to overcome his problems but we don’t know if that is even possible. The opinion of most people is that dyslexia is incurable. Do you agree?

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Ask Susan: My Daughter Struggles a Great Deal with Comprehension

My daughter is 11 and we have never taken her to be officially diagnosed with anything, although she was slow to learn to read and struggles a great deal with comprehension.

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Ask Susan: On Language Development and Talking Your Baby Clever

My sister is a Kindergarten teacher and says that my husband and I are not talking to our two-month-old baby as much as we are supposed to. I must admit it feels kind of stupid to talk to our baby. After all, he really cannot understand what we are saying! Am I right?

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Ask Susan: Daughter Studies Hard BUT Does Poorly

My 6th grade daughter is an above-average reader, her spelling is good, and she studies very hard for tests and exams. She also starts studying for her tests and exams long before the time. Yet, the results are nearly always disappointing. What can I do to help her?

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