The Open Door Blog

Welcome to our blog! Here is where you can read articles by our Open Door admin, tutors, and guest writers too. You’ll find tips and tricks, event and book reviews, inspirational stories, and the occasional exciting announcement too!

The Open Door Blog

Welcome to our blog! Here is where you can read articles by our Open Door admin, tutors, and guest writers too. You’ll find tips and tricks, event and book reviews, inspirational stories, and the occasional exciting announcement too!

Summer Writing Workshop

A student stares at a blank page, several thoughts running through her head. “Where do I start?” “I hate writing.” “This is so difficult.” “What should I write about?” “My writing is terrible.”  “Why even try?”  For a student with learning differences, the task of...

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Make Your Mornings Less Stressful with a Good Starting Routine

Are your mornings hectic? Does anyone in your family have a learning disability? Do you have trouble getting everyone out of bed and ready for school and work? If the answer to any of these is yes, then these tips are for you. Here are ways to organize your mornings...

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Five Tips for Helping with Attention

Approximately 40% of kids who have dyslexia will have some form of ADHD/ADD. This means that if you work in this field, there is a pretty good chance that you will have students with some attention issues. As a parent, even if your child does not have ADHD, homework...

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Meet Gerald & Piggie – a Book Review

Meet Gerald & Piggie: Lovable, unusual best friends with a funny bone! The Elephant and Piggie Series by children’s author and illustrator Mo Willems A book review by Marion May As a reading and spelling remediation tutor for young students, I like to find out what...

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Looking Beyond the “Dis” in Learning Disabilities

Finding out that your child has a learning disability can be a very overwhelming experience. All too often doctors, teachers and family members focus on the ‘dis’ability. The list of what a child cannot do becomes long - read, write, spell, learn the times tables,...

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PARENTING CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES

Dr. Maggie Mamen, Psychologist: A Series of 4 Workshops Understanding how a child’s learning profile with its various strengths and weaknesses affects life beyond school has important implications for parenting and family dynamics. This series of four workshops is...

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Is Reading to Your Child Important?

Do you have fond memories of reading cute little board books to your children when they were just little toddlers? For children who struggle with reading, sometimes books can become a negative thing. It represents really hard work, or failure, or even embarrassment...

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Mothers are Awesome

Mothers are awesome, and I mean that in the original sense of the word. The Oxford dictionary defines the word “awesome” as “extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring awe”. One of the reasons I am so fortunate to work as a tutor for students with dyslexia, is...

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