Importance of early intervention with dyslexia

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Importance of early intervention with dyslexia

It's terrific that we know so much now about not only how to treat dyslexia once it shows up but also even how to prevent it, and earlier on if you have any kind of dyslexia, reading problem or spelling problem in your family, you need to be very aware that the environment you create for even your per-school-er is going to be important in whether or in how severely this tends to might play yourself out in your child. Some of the things that you can do are to be sure this child has a very good stimulating language environment. So many of our young children today are glued to their electronic toys, but they don't get a chance to do very much talking, and it's very important for children to not only to listen to language, but also to use it. If your child shows up with a speech problem early on. Slushy speech, or letters, and words that get confused, if this persist and is different from other children of his or her age, you might want to have an evaluation to see if we can work on that understanding of the sounds of the language before it becomes a serious problem. One thing you can do with your child is to play rhyming games. Believe it or not this is one of the foundations of reading readiness. The second thing you can do is to read to them a great deal. Let them experience language and then talk about what you have been reading. i would really advice that if there are reading problems in your family that you cut down on the amount of TV and electronic entertainment, because this child needs to be interacting personally with human beings who can respond to their own language and help them develop it.

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Jane M. Healy, PhD

Educational Psychologist

Jane Healy is a teacher and educational psychologist who has worked with all ages from pre-school to graduate school.  Her major research interest has been in finding practical applications of current brain research for teachers and parents.  A graduate of Smith College, she holds a MA from John Carroll University, a PhD from Case Western Reserve University, and post-doctoral work in developmental neuropsychology.  She has served on the faculty of Cleveland State University. Her many years of experience include: parent, classroom teacher, reading/learning specialist, elementary administrator, and clinician.  She is recognized internationally as an author, lecturer, and consultant. She has received international media coverage, including Nightline, Good Morning America, the Today Show, CNN and NPR, for her ideas about the impact of technology, media and culture on children's brain development and learning.

Although Jane has received many honors, including being twice named the "Educator of the Year" by Delta Kappa Gamma, she claims that she and her husband have learned most of what they know from the process of raising three sons (and now their six grandchildren).

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