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The mistake that Sharon and I both made is we never set any boundaries.  (Ozzy Osbourne)

Whining and crying are employed by kids for the purpose of getting something. If it works, then it was worth the effort and will be repeated.

The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice. (Peggy O'Mara)

We should not medicate the boys so they fit the school; we should change the school to fit the boy. (Leonard Sax, M.D. Ph.D)

Parenting style matters - a lot!

Early intervention is always better than crisis management - but it is never too late to do the right thing.

"Moody" and "unpredictable" are adjectives parents will often use when referring to their teenagers.

"Unexpressed feeling never die. They are buried alive and come back later in ugly ways." (Stephen Covey)

Hurt people hurt people.

When a child is disregulated - is the time parents need to be regulated.

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READING RESCUE

Can You Read This?

I cdnuolt bleveiee taht I cluod aulaaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdenieg. The phaonemneal pweor of the hmuan mndi. Aodccrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dnsoe’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotle mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porblem. Tihs is bcuseae the hmuan mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azmanig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuoht slpeling was ipmorantt.

The paragraph you just read illustrates what a complex skill reading actually is. You did not use your phonics skills or your whole language skills to read this message as none of the words in the paragraph conform to the rules. And yet, you were able to read it by using a set of skills that were not directly taught to you.

Your brain has mastered the skill of reading to such an extent that you are able to pick up subtle clues from the combination of letters and spaces and context and length of words, etc. to make sense of something that actually makes no sense.

 

“Reading Rescue” is a program I developed that is intended for those children who are not experiencing success in their ability to read in the early grades. It is a highly structured and sequential phonics based reading program that teaches:

  1. the sounds of individual letters
  2. the skill of blending 2 sounds together, then 3, then 4, then . .to make individual words
  3. focuses initially on the “short” vowel words
  4. the combining of words to make sentences
  5. uses games to maintain interest
  6. provides exercises to develop comprehension
  7. builds a sequential list of “sight” words – many of which cannot be sounded out
  8. progresses through the “long” vowel words and the “irregular” vowel words

Repetition and liberal use of reinforcements are key components of this program.

Extensive research and development into the methodology of teaching reading has produced numerous systems and programs that are successful most of the time with students. “Reading Rescue” has been developed to assist those children whose “special” learning needs are not being met by regular classroom experiences.

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Workshops

+ Behaviour Management

This full day or 2 evening workshop will introduce you […]

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+ Lick Your Kids

  “Lick Your Kids” (figuratively not literally) (2 hours) First […]

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+ A Parent’s Guide to the Teenage Brain

  A teenager’s brain is not just an adult brain […]

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+ Reading Rescue

A program for children with reading problems

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+ Taming a Toddler

Many parents wonder what hit them when their sweet little baby turns into an unreasonable toddler – ideas for dealing with mealtime, bedtime, temper tanturms, toilet training, noncompliance, etc.

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