Reading Efficiency: The Hidden Hurdle (Part 2)

Reading Efficiency: The Hidden Hurdle (Part 2) (Catch up on Part 1 here) Perceptual Span & Word Recognition A perceptual span is the number of letters a student can perceive and process during a single eye stop (fixation). The perceptual span of beginning readers and of most people who struggle with reading is smaller than the span of efficient readers.  Efficient readers are able to…

Getting to know Eliza Smith

Eliza Smith I completed high school at St Hilda’s ASG last year where I studied ATAR Literature, Politics and Law, Modern History, Drama, and Math Methods and was acknowledged with a certificate of excellence for my Modern History exam. I was honoured to find that my essays from Literature, History and Politics were all included in the 2018 WACE good answers guide. This year I…

Reading Efficiency: The Hidden Hurdle (Part 1)

Reading Efficiency: The Hidden Hurdle (Part 1) What Is It? Reading efficiency is a critical component of reading proficiency. An efficient reading process is fluent and feels easy and comfortable. Efficient readers can read for extended periods of time with good comprehension because they expend little energy on the mechanics of reading. Mental resources are focused on making meaning from text. Why is it important?…

Vision Therapy

Vision Therapy Vision therapy combines the use of lenses, prisms and filters in a range of individually tailored activities aimed to improve visual efficiency and visual processing skills. At For Eyes Optometrist in Fremantle we have a new vision training system, called Vivid Vision Virtual Reality, which allows for vision therapy to be done in a virtual reality environment. This powerful system applies the latest…

Eye Tracking – Problems with Vision

Eye Tracking – Problems with Vision Children have a difficult time assessing their own vision. If something appears blurry, they assume everyone else sees it the same way and do not worry. Vision is particularly important to children because more than 80 percent of the information they receive about the world is received visually. Poor vision can make a child clumsy and uncoordinated, it can…

Julia Wallace

Julia Wallace   I graduated from St Hilda’s Anglican School for girls in 2018 and am completing my first year at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts studying a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Trumpet), with a hope to have a career in performing. At school I studied Maths Applications, Literature, Psychology, Politics and Music and graduated with a Certificate of Distinction from WACE.   …

How Smart Words helps dyslexic children to read and spell

How Smart Words helps dyslexic children to read and spell Many teachers ask us why and how Smart Words helps dyslexic children to read and spell. People wonder what makes Smart Words different from other programs that promote synthetic phonics as their focus. We see synthetic phonics as a part of a strong word study program.  We recognise that English is not a pure language and, if…

Laurence Vanderhor

Laurence Vanderhor I’ve lived nearby my whole life, going to Mosman Park Primary School then graduating to Christ Church in year 7. During high school, I developed an interest in maths, physics, and chemistry which led to my current mechanical engineering studies at UWA. Over the coming months, I will only be available on weekends as I will be spending my weeks undertaking an exciting…

Nicole Collier Profile

Nicole Collier I was born in Peru and did my schooling at international schools in Peru and Chile. I completed my Bachelor of Arts majoring in English Literature at McGill University in Montreal, Canada and then a Graduate Diploma of Education at UWA. I started working here at Smart Achievers in 2016 and have loved helping students achieve their goals. Julie has taught me a…