Tag: vocabulary

For reading, school and life success, which words should we teach our kids? How should we do it?

To do well at school and in life, kids and adults need to know and to use lots of words. The words we know and use – our vocabulary – has a big impact on our success at school and...

/ 4 June 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

Breaking the vicious cycle for older kids with reading problems: how to help

Older kids with reading problems get trapped in a vicious cycle: because these students don’t read well, they generally don’t read much. They miss out on countless opportunities for reading practice and for learning from what they have read (Anderson...

/ 13 March 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

5 resources you can use at home to help your child to read

Sitting on the train the other day, I noticed almost everyone in the carriage was reading. Not novels or magazines. But emails, news feeds, text messages, social media posts and websites. Even the guy singing along with his iPhone was...

/ 18 May 2015

More free resources to help children learn new words

Thank you to everyone who took the time to read our recent blog about helping school-age children learn new words.  We’ve had fantastic feedback from clients and others who found it useful. We’re pleased to now share our free Word...

/ 6 April 2015

How to help your school-age child learn new words – the nuts and bolts of how I actually do it in therapy

Many school-age children have problems learning new words. In particular, children with language delays and disorders often struggle with vocabulary (e.g. Haynes, 1992). So how can we help them? Evidence-based strategies 1. Choose words the child needs to understand for...

/ 16 March 2015

Helping toddlers with their first words – mix it up and make them useful (the words, not the toddlers)!

A couple of years ago, in a trendy Inner West cafe, I spied a Very Committed Dad sitting across from his terribly young daughter.  They could barely see each other over the small mountain of branded flashcards in the middle...

/ 17 February 2014