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Is it Aspergers or High-Functioning Autism?

Should I refer to my child as having high-functioning aspergers or high-functioning autism? Years ago, my initial response to this question was, “Does it really matter?” Today, I still don’t think the specifics matter much because the needed treatments and coping skills are largely the same for both. In a nutshell, autism has a language delay, while aspergers supposedly does … Read more

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Summer Reading Practice for Tricky Words

It’s so important to practice reading with your child every day–especially if they’re a struggling reader and especially during the summer break. And you don’t have to spend hours doing it. In fact, it’s best to just make reading fun–for as long as your child is interested in a particular book or reading activity. Playing word games and reading aloud are the best ways to help them practice and hone their reading skills. I emphasize that your child needs your direct help. He or she needs to hear you spell and pronounce words.

Not sure of your own reading skills? Now’s a good time to learn together. Use a dictionary or Google words in question to learn how they’re spelled and what they mean. Then talk about the meaning of the words you are practicing and how to use them in sentences. Not sure where to begin? If your child is old enough, at about third grade, depending on their reading level, you can begin with the tricky words listed and explained here.

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How to Find Clean Books

How to Find Clean Books to Read

My sons and I love to read clean, wholesome books together. We especially ramp up our efforts in the summertime when homework is nonexistent. Now that my oldest is a teen, we’re finding that some of the books aren’t so “innocent.” Since our reading time together is such an enjoyable tradition, I’m pretty picky about … Read more