Welcome To The Reading Doctor!

Joanna Robertson
You are likely here because at one time or another, you’ve tried to find the answer to your child’s struggles in reading, writing, spelling, comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, or any other area of literacy. There’s a lot of places to look for answers – other parents, teachers, the school, special programs you’ve bought, and many more. Sometimes (often) there’s no right answer, magical solution, or secret key. Trying different strategies and trial and error are often the best ways to find out exactly what works for your child. But that’s not the same as guessing. Knowing what to try starts with understanding all the information and developing a plan. Knowing the best and most effective ways to help and support at home depend on having the right information. And that’s why you’re here.

So why can you trust me? I have been teaching kids in classrooms and in one-on-one situations for 15 years. I earned a Ph.D. in Reading Education from Syracuse University in 2009 – so I really am a Doctor of Reading Education. I teach college courses in Literacy Education to future and current teachers. I have published multiple book chapters for teachers and literacy researchers. Aside from these professional activities which allow me to work closely with literacy professionals and teachers, I also work as a consultant for Usborne books. I have two school age children and have talked with so many parents about their questions, concerns, and struggles. It’s these last few roles – bookseller, parent, friend – that make me aware that there are a lot of unanswered questions. A lot of disconnects between the school and home, or between teacher and parent. But there does not have to be. As parents, we all want the best for our children and to do everything possible to help them. And you need a place to go to talk about your concerns and find answers. You need a place where someone listens to you talk about your child. If you had health concerns you would go see your family doctor or pediatrician – your partner for your family’s health. If you have reading and literacy concerns, come here and see your family Reading Doctor.

***Your turn: I want to hear from you! I have a long list of topics and information that I’m ready to share. But I’m here to listen to you. I want to address those hot topics you are concerned about first. Let me know what you want to know. I’ll put your topics and ideas at the top of my list.

2 thoughts on “Welcome To The Reading Doctor!

  • February 5, 2016 at 1:04 am

    Jenny alderden says:

    Hi! I was wondering what you think about inventive spelling. My 5 year old preschooler write notes occasionally but he spells things phonetically “tkl” for tickle, for example. Should I correct him, or just let him do his thing?

    • February 5, 2016 at 8:37 am

      Dr Joanna says:

      That’s a great question and a good topic to discuss! I put it on the top of the list after the ‘read aloud series’ and you’ll hear more soon!

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