School Writing – A Process

Frequently students have difficulty with writing. Sometimes they get stuck on ideas. Other times they are not sure that what they are writing is correct.

A process to help a student with writing involves planning before writing. A student should take the topic and list as many ideas about it that is possible. For example, let’s say the student has been asked to write about a vacation. Have the student write – perhaps in bullet note form- all the ideas of things that happened on the vacation. Then have the student organize the ideas that go together to create paragraphs. Then the student can decide in what order to write the paragraphs.

Next, the student can write what is required. The student should take the information directly from the planning that was done.

Have a student with writing difficulty? Get immediate help. Contact Beth Silver at or call 310-720-0390.

Dyslexia and Hearing Letter Sounds

Many dyslexic readers do not hear letter sounds correctly. Frequently they confuse the sounds of the letter “a” and the letter ” e.” This makes spelling words correctly an issue. Using the computer program for grammar and spelling checks is good.

One of the best tools for a dyslexic reader to use is a text to speech application. This allows the text to be read to the reader. The reader needs to make sure to stop the reading of the text after paragraphs to make meaning of what is being read. This comprehension should be in the reader’s own words. One of these applications is called Prizmo Go.

Do you need help identifying a dyslexic reader? Do you need help teaching a dyslexic reader to read? For immediate information and help, contact Beth Silver, Educational Therapist, at or 310-720-0390.

Dyslexia – One View

There are various forms of dyslexia. Dyslexia is a reading issue for people. They have difficulty pronouncing and reading words. One of the forms of dyslexia is when readers leave out little words or enter little words which change the meaning of sentences.

One of the easiest tools to use is text to speech. Text is read orally to the reader. It is possible for the reader to stop and make meaning of what is being read. This making meaning is called reading comprehension.

Making meaning of what is read is important. Just reading words – or reciting them- does not make comprehension. It is important for readers to stop and make meaning in their own words.

Are you or do you have a reader in your family that possibly has this issue? For immediate help, contact Beth Silver, Educational Therapist at 310-720-0390 or

Ed Sage School

Ed Sage School begins in August of 2021. It is designed for bright students who have had learning issues, disabilities, ADHD, or Executive Function issues. These students can get the individual help they need in a regular classroom setting. They learn that they can be successful by achieving well. The school serves students in grades 5-8.

Ed Sage School is an outgrowth of the brain-based educational therapy work done by Beth Silver over her 36 years of practice. The website for the school is: Ed Sage School is a digital school and learning is remote but very interactive for each student.

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Read Questions First for Reading Comprehension?

In my experience, the answer is a definite, “No!” Do not read the questions before reading an article. Why?

I have found that when students read the questions first, they only look for answers to the questions in the reading, but they miss the “connective tissue” of the meaning leading up to the answers to the questions. They only look in the passage for the same words that are used in the question without making true meaning or comprehension.

Then what does a student do? How should a student read?

The student should read the passage paragraph by paragraph- stopping in the paragraph to understand meaning and at the end of the paragraph to summarize what was read. Another tool that should be used is dictionary work while reading. Any words that cannot be pronounced or the student does not know the meaning of should be found. My students use It provides the pronunciation of words as well as the meanings.

This style of reading takes practice. Answering comprehension questions at the end of the reading is important. The reading can be leveled by grade or ability to read.

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