I'm often asked this question and my answer 99% of the time is, yes! If your child is struggling to read and you're perplexed because you know they're "smart" and articulate, an assessment may provide crucial information needed to make sure your child receives the...read more
If you’ve ever read with a dyslexic child you’ve probably been curious, or maybe even frustrated with the fact that when reading aloud they read multi-syllabic words with relative ease but often stumble over smaller words, typically sight words, such as; for, any, if,...read more
It’s a brand new school year and my heart is completely full… I feel so incredibly blessed to be doing this work that I love, work that fills me up inside and makes me feel like the luckiest person alive. I definitely don’t take it for granted. I’ve written similar...read more
I have no trouble with spelling personally, in fact I LOVE words and am fascinated by the way words are put together. However, although I work with the most amazing, brilliant and creative kids... kids with more visual/artistic talent in their little finger than I...read more
Each year, as we glide out of winter and begin to move into spring the pressure seems to mount in terms of student expectations for progress in school. This is especially true for kids who are performing below grade level in any or all subject areas. If you've read...read more
Do you suspect or has your child been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD? I'm extremely passionate about this subject because I work with many children who exhibit symptoms of ADD/ADHD, and secondly, there is SO MUCH info to report. Therefore I'll keep it brief and do my...read more
One of the MOST common and consistent issues I encounter as I work with kids who struggle academically, and sometimes physically and socially, is their own, self-created, sense of "failure". Once they realize how much I not only understand their plight, but also...read more
If your child is struggling in school there may be a very valid reason... A solid 90% of the students I work with are right-brained learners (dyslexics, ADD/ADHD, visual-spatial, etc) and they are BRILLIANT! But all of these kids are struggling in school. Once...read more
After reading an article on Facebook earlier this week, written by a woman who chose to spend two days as a 10th grade student (http://wapo.st/1uQpM67), it got me thinking about how tough it is to be a student these days... Teaching is HARD but I would be...read more
Did you know that Albert Einstein was dyslexic? How about Oprah Winfrey or Bill Gates? Dyslexia is NOT a disease... it's NOT something to be cured. People (10-20% of the population) are born dyslexic, they are not born WITH dyslexia. One thing I know for sure, based...read more
This is the question I get asked most often by people when I tell them what I do... There is a HUGE spectrum of choices in the tutoring world and it can make for a difficult decision. Of course as a private tutor, I'm a bit biased but it's still a difficult question...read more
Our current system of education in this country is in dire straits right now. I've spent almost 25 years in the public school arena and I've seen things go from bad to worse. But the pendulum always swings back and I'm beginning to see the shift but it's going to...read more
Parents frequently ask what they can do to support their child's progress with reading. And I always say that the MOST important thing we can do for kids to, is to empower them so that they become independent and strategic readers. What this means is that we want to...read more
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Kelly Cavanaugh is an educational therapist, learning/reading specialist and school improvement consultant who works with many children across the learning style spectrum. She is passionate about her work with students (and parents and teachers)and empowers them to learn the "right way" FOR THEM by identifying and nurturing their individual learning style. Read more...