Specialised help for children with dyslexia pays dividends Published: 6:07AM Saturday August 16, 2014 Source: ONE News Compelling research shows learning outcomes for children with dyslexia can be vastly improved. Specialised, early intervention can significantly boost success at school for a child with dyslexia, a pilot study shows. One-on-one, personalised tuition resulted in vast and surprising improvements in achievement skills, Karen Waldie, Associate Professor of the School of Psychology at Auckland University, says. SPELD NZ, in collaboration with school RTLBs (Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour), carried out the study involving 42 seven-year-old students struggling in the classroom as a result of dyslexia. Ms Waldie says she was taken by surprise and "truly impressed" by the resulting data.
A 12-Day Plan of Simple Writing Exercises It’s the perfect time to restart your engine and get back into writing. Here, I offer up a 12-day plan of simple writing exercises to help you keep your creative juices flowing without eating up too much of your time. Follow this plan and in less than half a month, you’ll not only be impressed with what you’ve accomplished, but you may also have something worth publishing. The 12-Day Plan of Simple Writing Exercises Day 1: Write 10 potential book titles of books you’d like to write. Day 2: Create a character with personality traits of someone you love, but the physical characteristics of someone you don’t care for. Data Source Handbook This slim book is exactly what the title implies, it is a book about the various open APIs for modern websites with some information about how to use those APIs when you are programming mashups or other sites which can use them. Overall, the book is densely packed with good information. I would always suggest following up with the links listed to ensure the APIs and their uses are still consistent with what is listed in the book, but I haven't found any errors yet. The curiosity for me with this book is why it is in print form. To me, this would be an excellent website which could hyperlink to the various APIs and would have given Mr. Warden a chance to include either basic tutorials to demonstrate his ideas, or give links to basic tuts which could further elaborate the subject.
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