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Prevent the summer Slide with Reading!

The summer slide, also known as learning loss, occurs during the summer months when kids are out of school.  The National Summer Learning Association estimates kids lose approximately 22% of what they have learned during the summer break, particularly with reading.

This learning loss can cumulatively affect children over the years.  According to the site (Reading is Fundamental), by the end of 6th grade a child can be up to two years behind their classmates in reading.

Girl readingResearch shows if a child reads up to six books during the summer months, that it can help a slow the reading regression.  A fun option for kids is to sign them up for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge program  It is a free program that allows them to win books every time they reach a reading milestone.  The local libraries are also a great resource and many of them offer summer reading programs for kids. Encourage your child or teen to read at least 30-minutes every day and to read aloud.  Ask them about the book after they have read it.  This will help them with reading comprehension.

Bring your child to the local library or bookstore, so they can pick out their own books for their summer reading.  This will help motivate them to read.

Another option is to consider signing your child up for a summer school reading program.  Brock’s Academy is offering a Summer Reading Clinic that consists of one-on-one instruction with a reading tutor. The sessions can be in your home or onsite at our Woodinville location and on a flexible schedule. Research shows that a student’s reading ability is the number one indicator of their future academic success.  Why let your child fall further behind?

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Autism vs. Awesome-ism©
By Dr. Melodee Loshbaugh, Co-founder & Executive Director of Brock’s Academy, Woodinville, WA

>What if we decided to just open our minds and see things from a wider, more diverse perspective?

>What if we didn't easily label and categorize people that we perceive to be different than us?

>What if we learned to think about people and differences as not right or wrong, but just different gifts?

>What if we fully believed and accepted that there is, and always has been, neurodiversity (i.e. cognitive differences) in the world?

>What if we accepted that neurodiversity is a brilliant achievement of Mother Nature?

>What if we entered each day believing each one of us is uniquely created and here to serve a higher purpose?

>What if we believed our job is to support one another in achieving that higher purpose?

>What if our differences are here to teach us appreciation, compassion, acceptance and to challenge us to stay open to all?

>What would that be like? # # #

Ryan, a 14-year old autistic student, writes:
>Meet me where I am.
>Stop trying to fix me. I don’t try to fix you.
>See my gifts, talents and strengths, not things you think I should have; see the “me” I was born with.
>Learn from me. Sit with me. Try to see the world from my perspective.
>Love me unconditionally and find ways to support me in what I came here to contribute to the world.
>Appreciate me.
>Just because I am experiencing the world in a different way than you are doesn’t mean it’s wrong, so stop judging me.
>I am me and I am beautiful.
>I am happy and I am whole. # # #

Copyright 2017—Dr. Melodee Loshbaugh
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