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Lynn Hellerstein
September 2010 Newsletter

Reading Opens A Whole New World!

ReadingReading is a very complex task that requires a number of skills such as:
  • decoding (breaking down the words)
  • sight word recognition (seeing a word and immediately knowing the word)
  • comprehension (understanding what the story is about).
Some educators feel strongly that reading is totally a language based activity and that vision is not related to reading. My response to them is, “OK, then cover your eyes and read!”

Since reading is necessary for almost every class in school, it is a priority to master. How can you help your child become a good reader?
  • Show your child why reading can be so much fun! Make it “movie” time when it’s reading time.
  • Model the visualization strategy for your child.  Modeling starts at infancy - (see page 133 in See It. Say It. Do It!)
  • Read to your child, even as an infant.
  • Allow your child to create his own visualizations or pictures and share them with others.
  • Integrate visualization into daily activities.
The process of developing reading comprehension starts from imaging
pictures, and then proceeds to word imaging, sentence imaging, sentence interpretation, paragraph imaging, and then eventually reading comprehension. 

Allow Your Child to Practice

ReadingUse descriptive books, full of imagery, such as Maurice Sendak’s delightful book, Where the Wild Things Are. (That very night in Max’s room, a forest grew and grew and grew until his ceiling hung with vines and the walls became the world all around.)
When you read that one sentence, what do you see?  What kind of pictures popped up in your head? What do you think your child might imagine? Depending on the ages of your children, choose an appropriate level story that provides excellent descriptive passages. Books that you might read in addition to those already mentioned throughout this newsletter include the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne, Dr. Seuss books by Theodor Seuss Geisel, Danny Schnitzlein’s The Monster Who Ate My Peas, Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney or J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.
The good news is that there are terrific and imaginative books published every year, just waiting to be discovered by you and your child. A great resource is the children’s librarian at your nearest public library, or the one at your child’s school. Don’t forget to ask your child’s teacher for recommendations as well.
If your child is struggling in this developmental process, additional reading tutoring, language therapy, and/or vision therapy may be necessary.

Improving Reading Fluency

Look at this chart for easy tips to help your child read smoother and more efficiently.
Give your child a gift of a lifetime!  Visualize your child as a successful student and confident kid. To learn more, check out my award-winning book See It. Say It. Do It!
If you are new to the newsletter, WELCOME. Please check out previous months newsletters here.

Stay tuned…next month’s newsletter, They’ll Laugh at Me. I Must Be Stupid! will provide resources for helping your child build confidence in reading and school. Too many kids are humiliated by their classmates, teachers, siblings and others. Learn how to empower your child using See It. Say It. Do It! strategies.

Feel free to send questions, comments or insights on your journey of transformation.

With love and gratitude,

Lynn Fishman Hellerstein, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO

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Exciting New Books

See It. Say It. Do It! Organize It!

The workbook should be available for purchase in about one month.  Read more about the workbook in the last newsletter

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The ebook and audio version of See It. Say It. Do It! should be available in approximately one month. More details to come!

Exciting Family News

B's Ballpark Museum

My husband, Bruce, “B” Hellerstein just opened his “dream” ballpark museum, B's Ballpark Museum. Bruce has collected baseball memorabilia for decades.  His collection became a non-profit museum about 10 years ago. This unbelievable collection, recognized by the Smithsonian Baseball Book as one of the finest baseball collections in the US, was housed in our basement.  My basement is now CLEAN and the museum has moved to its new home, right across from Coors Field-1940 Blake Street, Denver, CO.

If you are even remotely interested in baseball or American history, make sure you visit the museum website at B’s Ballpark Museum.

What a joyous event…to see a lifetime dream come true!

See It. Say It. Do It!


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Dr. Lynn F. Hellerstein
7180 E Orchard Road, Suite 103
Centennial, CO 80112

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