Tuesday, August 23, 2016

To Baby Talk or Not?



The term “Baby Talk” first appeared in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1836, so it has been around for a long time.  It is probably something your parent’s did with you and their parent’s did with them; thus, making it hard to stop the pattern.  Plus, it is also common to see parents and caregivers talking to their little ones in this way on TV shows and movies.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Three Quick Solutions to Decrease School Anxiety



 The sun is setting a little bit earlier.  The stores are filling their aisles with binders, pens and paper.  The furthest thing from your child’s mind is starting another school year.  And if it is brought up, it may elicit school anxiety.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Autism and Schizophrenia: Related Disorders



The clinical connections between schizophrenia (SCZ) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have long been recognized. More than a century ago, Bleuler ascribed 4 primary symptoms to the group of disorders he termed “schizophrenia”:
 
1)  autism (turning inward to oneself)
2)  ambivalence
3)  affective disturbance
4)   and loosening of associations

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Dyslexia for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty that has an effect not only on literacy skills in students´ first language, but also on foreign language learning. In order to ensure that dyslexic students successfully acquire necessary levels of foreign language competence, they need additional support.

Foreign language teachers often lack sufficient understanding of the nature of dyslexia and the difficulties it causes in foreign language learning and are not familiar with the relevant teaching techniques and methods to further the language learning processes of dyslexic students.
Therefore the preparation of teacher training materials for this target group of language learners is both timely and highly needed.