Author Archives: Sandie Barrie Blackley, MA/CCC

About Sandie Barrie Blackley, MA/CCC

Sandie is a speech-language pathologist with more than 30 years of experience in the private practice sector. She is Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders at University of North Carolina Greensboro, and founder/owner of the Language & Learning Clinic, PLLC, a private practice in Elkin, NC, and Greensboro, NC, specializing in communication disorders, including disorders of reading and written language.
January 20, 2023 in Blog Posts, Dysgraphia, Dyslexia

What Is the Science of Reading?

The science of reading has been a hot topic in education circles lately. Controversy has mostly been related to the […]

December 5, 2022 in Blog Posts, Dyslexia, Reading

Reading Instruction: What Works and What Doesn’t

All students benefit when they are taught to read, spell, and write using proven methods. For students with language processing […]

Homeschooling with Dyslexia: Is it Better for A Child?

Parents who see their dyslexic child struggle with traditional schooling often wonder: Might homeschooling be better for my child?   Dyslexia […]

October 3, 2022 in Blog Posts, Dyslexia, Reading

A Better Way to Profile Reading Skills 

In our previous post, we discussed the problems with using “grade level” as a measure of reading proficiency. See What […]

What Does Reading on Grade Level Mean?

Every week, Lexercise therapists talk with parents who are concerned that their child is reading “below grade level.” In most […]

4 Dyslexia Myths That Can Confuse Parents

As Lexercise therapists communicate with the families of children with dyslexia, they are continually impressed by the amount of research […]

4 Tips to Prepare for Back to School Success

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Maria […]

How Does Orton-Gillingham Treat Dyslexia

If you have been exploring ways to help your child with dyslexia or other reading difficulties, you have probably heard […]

How to Help a Child with Dyslexia at Home: What Parents Can Do

Many students in the United States today are struggling readers. The U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics […]

How to Do a Spelling Analysis

Spelling analysis is a powerful tool for helping students master decoding and spelling.  Spelling patterns are like little lights illuminating […]

Sentence Patterns in English

Readable letters and correctly spelled words are two must-have building blocks for literacy. But literacy is more than words. To […]

Foundational Concepts: Proficient Literacy

Dyslexic Students Can Become Proficient Readers and Writers In our recent series on the building blocks for language and literacy, […]