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Paying Parents to Read to Their Children Boosts Literacy Skills

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Researchers have found a surprising way to help boost the skills of children with language impairment: Pay their parents to read to them.  A new study tested four techniques to get parents or other caregivers to complete a 15-week literacy intervention for their children with language impairment.  Only one of those techniques – paying parents 50 cents for each reading session – led to children showing significant gains in reading test scores, findings showed.  “We were somewhat stunned to find that paying parents had this strong effect. We didn’t anticipate this,” said Laura Justice, lead author of the study and professor of educational psychology at The Ohio State University.  The other three techniques tried in the study were offering positive feedback to the parents, offering encouragement, and modeling to parents how to read in a way that improved children’s literacy skills.  None of these three was helpful, and offering feedback actually had a slight…

Become Part of the iOption Community

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by F Guzzardi


iOption Global Group 2012 is a global private Company headquartered in the British Virgin Islands.
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The Company offers one-on-…

Angels Disappeared

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Abuse victims demand newly discovered Catholic Church funds

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Within the 6,000-plus pages of documents released by the Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee is evidence that Archbishop Timothy Dolan moved money that may have gone to victims of childhood sexual abuse into a fund for cemetery care. Dolan calls the charges "old and discredited attacks."

Among the information in new documents released by the Milwaukee Archdiocese is evidence that Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, put $57 million in a trust fund for cemeteries out of concern it could be awarded to victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests. Dolan, the current archbishop of New York and the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, was considered a contender for the recent papal vacancy eventually filled by Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina. Dolan has long been regarded as one of the "good guys" of the Catholic Church for being an outspoken supporter of the victims of clergy sexual abuse scandals.
"When you think of what happened, bot…

Autism: It's a Family Thing

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byF Guzzardi
It has been estimated that the divorce rate is in the 80% range in families with children who have autism (Bolman, 2006). Despite high rates of marital conflict, many couples do not reach out for couples therapy. Lack of respite is a major reason. For most, finding a babysitter with whom then can safely leave an autistic child who has toileting issues, little communication skills, aggression and other inappropriate behaviors on a regular basis is difficult . Another reason is their lack of belief that they will find a therapist understanding of their particular circumstance and offer any true guidance, thus preferring to use the precious time away from the child to confide in a good friend.
Marital stress around the child usually starts when one or both of the parents realizes the child is not developing properly. Couples who have a child who does not seek their attention in the usual way (i.e., eye contact, reaching out for or giving of …

Resignation of Calderoli

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"Today I receivedthis emailfrom somefriends,viachange.org.If you sharethemoral and civic values​​of this petition, please sign it, it costs nothing and the reliefthat comesismiraculous.We do not needpeopleof this caliberare part of ourgovernmentin themostimportant positionsof institutions."
HelloFabrizio, Following the racist statements referring to the Minister Kyenge, ask the President Grasso to dismiss  Calderoli from the post of Vice President of the Senate. Sign the petition The statementsofthe ministerCalderoliagainstKyenge("seemsan orangutan") is the indicatorof asubracist culturefor too longaccepted ordeclassifiedto "verbal excesses."

In his words,as always,shines throughhatred ofthe ministerKyenge, which has the doublemistake ofbeing a womanandnothave white skin.

We havealreadymanaged to getawayfrom the European ParliamentBorghezio, star of similarbusinessesracist, witha victorious petitionsupported by130 thousandpeople.

The European Parliamenthasrepri…

Orvieto, Italy Becomes First Non U.S. city to Officially Mark and Embrace July 4th

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ORVIETO, Italy, July 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Marco Bosco, CEO of EMG Dream Loud, yesterday presented Orvieto 4Ever an innovative multimedia event in partnership with the city of Orvieto, Mayor Antonio Concina, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio and Vetrya with additional cooperation by The Commercianti del Centro Storico and Cardeto, the signature winery of the city and makers of world renowned Orvieto Classico. Aligning with the 2013 Year of Italian culture in America, O4E was established in recognition of and tribute to influence and support Italy has had in the United States, from Phillip Mazzei's contribution to the Declaration of Independence, Constantino Brumidi's artwork in the U.S. Capitol building and its famous rotunda to the generations of Italians that literally helped build American infrastructure.    Yesterday's event featured the sixty piece Orchestra Italiana del Cinema performing classic cinema scores accompanied by large format video projections at the Duomo, t…

Hinduism a monotheistic religion

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by F Guzzardi

During mywanderings(searching for the meaning of life), Ihappened tospend a fewmonthsin India, includingNewDelhiand the TajMahal.

The first feelingI hadin New Delhi, it wasto be back in home.I had never beenover therebefore then...The driverof the hotel was waiting for meat the exit of the airportwitha panel which he written(crippled) my name.

I had to meetpeoplefor work and seen  the poorqualityof myEnglish,I went aroundescorted by a translator  who also served as atour guide.
Not far fromwhere Iwas staying, hadjust completedthelargestHindutemplein the city.Escaping at the supervisionof myinterpreter, I venturedtovisitthe place.

The templewas located in alarge wooded parkand hadtheform of a largelotus flower,butthe thing  was most surprised  me, is  therespectful silenceof the pilgrims,hadits interiorcompletelydevoid of anyornamentor symbols.The pilgrimscame from all overIndia,were sitting, meditating, without recitingany prayersorchants.I sat down like a perfect atheist   c…

Philips first of its kind minimal contact mask helps to improve the quality of life for sleep apnea patients

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Murrysville, Pa., USA – June 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –Philips Respironics, a unit of Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX:PHI) and a pioneer in science-based sleep solutions, today announces a significant advancement in sleep therapy with the commercial release of a first of its kind minimal contact nasal mask – Wisp. Designed to fit more than 98% of sleep apnea patients, Wisp brings distinctive styling and patented technology for a better overall mask experience that may improve patient compliance. For the millions of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients who rely on positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy, finding the right mask is a critical step. The Philips Respironics lead engineer responsible for the design of the Wisp new hybrid mask knows firsthand the importance of comfort and fit; he and his son haveOSA, the most common form of sleep-disordered breathing.OSA can increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease and other serious conditions if left untreated. The PAP treatment works by de…