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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!

Are you aware of the sweeping recommendations from the Ontario Human Rights Commission Right to Read Inquiry?

After gathering testimonies from reading experts, teachers and parents from across the province over two years, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) Right to Read Inquiry concluded that Ontario’s public education system failed to teach students with dyslexia and reading disabilities—how to read. Why? Because the Ministry of Education did not use evidence-based reading instruction methods to effectively teach these students. Something dyslexia advocates had known for years.

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Could your child benefit from individual instruction?

As many educators and psychologists know, the optimal way for a child to learn is through individual, one-on-one instruction. In this setting, the educator can observe exactly what the child can do, where the child struggles, and adapt the teaching precisely to the child’s needs. In addition, the educator can pace the type of instruction and give immediate feedback, such as correction and positive reinforcement. 

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Can I claim tutoring expenses on my CRA income tax return?

Can I claim tutoring expenses on my CRA income tax return? Good news, the answer is YES! This is because the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) considers “tutoring services of a person with a learning disability as an eligible Medical Expense.” The CRA definition says:...

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Is your child seeing diversity in their storybooks?

It’s a challenge finding Canadian children’s books that reflect diversity, inclusion, and disability in the lead characters and story lines. Thanks to Canadian readers demanding change—and librarians leading the charge—the children’s book publishing industry is slowly starting to take note. Yes, Bob Dylan, “The Times They Are a-Changin.”

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Do you have any homework tonight?

The usefulness of homework has been studied and debated by scholars, educators, parents and students for many decades. For some students, homework is a cinch. For others, especially children with learning disabilities, homework can be hard to organize, manage, start and complete on their own.

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Are you listening to your child with your full attention?

It’s been a stressful school year for families; juggling your kids’ in-person and virtual learning with your work schedules, while isolating from friends and extended family. Perhaps the summer is the prime time to reduce screen time and increase your one-on-one time by engaging in active listening and dynamic conversations together.

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Your child’s classroom accommodations—which ones are helping?

If your child has dyslexia and they have an IEP (Individual Education Plan), you know how important their accommodations are in helping them to learn in the classroom. Do you know however, which ones are being consistently applied and which ones are truly helping your child access the curriculum?

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