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Helping Children Process Information Effectively:
“Wait Time” and “Think Time”

The concept of “Wait Time” as an instructional variable was formerly developed by Mary Budd Rowe back in 1972.  "Wait-time" was the period of silence between a teacher’s question and the students’ responses.  It was found that the period of silence that followed a teacher’s question and students' completed responses, rarely exceeded 1.5 seconds in typical classrooms.  When these periods of silence where extended to at least 3 seconds, many positive things happened to students' and teachers' behaviours and attitudes.  

(Casteel and Stahl, 1973; Rowe 1972; Stahl 1990; Tobin 1987)



What is dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability. Dyslexia refers to a cluster of symptoms, which result in people having difficulties with specific language skills, particularly reading. Students with dyslexia may experience difficulties in other language skills such as spelling, writing, and speaking. Dyslexia is a life-long status; however, its impact can change at different stages in a person’s life. It is referred to as a learning disability because dyslexia can make it very difficult for a student to succeed academically in the typical instructional environment.


Mom, Dad, I'm just Stupid!

Many parents of children with learning disabilities hear this far too often.  What your child may be trying to communicate with you is that he or she feels different from the other kids, is frustrated with a particular situation and/or rarely feels successful or competent.


My Child Is Not a Dummy

Many parents are devastated when they discover that their child is struggling in school. Reading, the most essential component to learning, is often the stumbling block for many struggling students. After exhausting all of the in-school resources and expertise, parents often are at a loss for what to do or where to go for assistance.


Your Child Facing the Tyranny of Time

From K to three you learn to read, from grade four and for the rest of your life you read to learn. What if you miss the window?

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