Tag: reading

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

“I’m not a child!” How to get help for a teenager or adult you love who can’t read

Imagine for a moment that you can’t read or write; even at a basic level: How would you apply for, find or hold down work? If you found work, how could you review your employment contract? How would you communicate...

/ 24 April 2017

How to find out if your child has a reading problem (and how to choose the right treatment approach)

There’s so much nonsense out there about kids’ reading problems and treatments. Unfortunately, lots of education, technology, and health businesses cash in on parents’ concerns by selling them expensive products and services unsupported by research evidence. We get lots of...

/ 8 April 2017

The forgotten reading skill: fluency, and why it matters

Without Google or Wikipedia, can you name all the members of the Jackson 5? Everyone knows Michael. Most of us over the age of 35 know Jermaine. After a bit of effort, some of us will remember Tito and Marlon....

/ 27 February 2017

Teaching the alphabet to your child? Here’s what you need to know

1. Letter names are not the same as speech sounds  In English: writing takes the form of a sound-based, alphabetic code. The letters we use are to a large extent determined by how words sound; letters of the alphabet have names...

/ 19 February 2017

Is your child struggling to read? Here’s what works

On reflection, I’m incredibly lucky. Both my parents were teachers. Growing up, my house was full of chatter, stories and books. My early state school education in regional Victoria was long on “old school” phonics and short on fads. I learned...

/ 8 February 2017

There’s a bookshop in my man cave: introducing Banter Vintage Books

Once upon a time – before Amazon, AbeBooks, the Book Depository, iPads and Kindles – we dreamed of one day owning our own bookshop. Not just a soulless franchise. We wanted an independent community hub, where locals of all ages...

/ 2 August 2016

15 practical ways to help your son discover a passion for reading

One of my sons would sooner have chewed off his right arm than sit down to read a book – until he discovered Andy Griffiths’ wonderful Treehouse series.  Now we have to pry the latest book out of his hands...

/ 15 September 2015

“Does Dyslexia Exist?”

For a surefire way to ignite a global debate, simply ask this question in public. That’s what Professor Julian “Joe” Elliott and Simon Gibbs did when they published a paper with this title in 2008 claiming that “dyslexia” is a scientifically...

/ 10 August 2015

Reading heroes: the Fantastic Mr Flesch – phonics warrior and Plain English pioneer (1911-1986)

Unless you’re a word-nerd, like me, you probably haven’t heard of this gentleman.  But he’s done us all a great service.   Mr F, looking sage and stern. I first stumbled upon Flesch’s writing when I was working for an...

/ 7 March 2014