Category: Literacy

Read non-fiction books to your kids, part 2: our booklist!

We promised. Now here it is: our favourite non-fiction books for late talkers, preschoolers and young school-aged kids! Over the years, all of these books have won at least one rave review from the toughest of critics: our clients. How...

/ 14 December 2017

Read non-fiction books to your late talkers and preschoolers: here’s why

Stories dominate many early childhood classrooms, libraries and homes (e.g. Guo et al., 2013). We love good stories too. But, recently, we’ve added more non-fiction books into our programs for late-talking and preschooler clients. Why? Knowledge of the structure and language...

/ 3 December 2017

Yes to the Phonics Screening Check: my ‘Why’ in 10 points

A few readers have asked for my views on the proposed Phonics Screening Check for all Year 1 students in Australia. I’m against testing kids for testing’s sake. I know many overworked, and under-resourced teachers oppose the check for a...

/ 5 November 2017

Too many stories, not enough facts? Free tips and resources to boost your child’s knowledge and reading comprehension skills

Reading comprehension is complex. Teaching kids evidence-based comprehension strategies helps. But it’s not enough (e.g. Catts & Kahmi, 2017). Kids also need to learn – and to organise – knowledge about: words; different kinds of reading (e.g. stories and explanations); and...

/ 14 October 2017

Help people get their message across: why and how we should work together to improve communication access for everyone

Wheelchair ramps. Disabled parking. Lifts at train stations. All ways that communities support people with physical disabilities to get on with their lives and to contribute to society. Things that help people with physical disabilities go places and do stuff...

/ 20 August 2017
Reading Problems and What to do About Them. Research-based Answers to 24 Frequently Asked Questions.

My loved one has reading problems. Where can I find evidence-based answers to get help? New free eBook

Instantly download our new, 188-page, free eBook here: What is it? There’s so much information out there about reading difficulties, including dyslexia. It’s hard to sort: the good stuff – based on independent, peer-reviewed evidence; from the nonsense – the fads,...

/ 13 August 2017

Help your child to fill in the gaps, join the dots, and read between the lines! (Improve inferencing skills for better reading and language comprehension)

Roughly 10% of primary school-aged kids have poor reading and oral language comprehension skills relative to age-appropriate word-reading skills (Cain, 2009). These kids – poor “comprehenders” – are often not picked up within classrooms because they can sound out (“decode”) words and...

/ 30 July 2017

Why preschoolers with unclear speech are at risk of later reading problems: red flags to seek help

For over 20 years we’ve known that preschoolers with speech sound disorders have an increased risk of later reading difficulties (e.g. Bird et al., 1995). Why do speech problems contribute to reading problems? Spoken words and written words rely on the same...

/ 16 July 2017

“I don’t understand what I’m reading” – reading comprehension problems (and what to do about them)

The whole point of reading – for education, work, social activities, self-improvement, community participation, or entertainment – is of course to understand the words that you’re reading. Reading comprehension is crucial for success at school and life. Reading comprehension depends...

/ 1 July 2017

Before Big School, does your preschooler need help with pre-reading skills? Introducing PreLit sessions

True to our founding principles, we’ve invested to upgrade our skills. We’re now thrilled to offer a new, evidence-based early literacy preparation program for preschoolers based in the communities we serve. It’s called PreLit, by MultiLit. What is PreLit? PreLit...

/ 21 June 2017