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Paying Parents to Read to Their Children Boosts Literacy Skills

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…

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SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 30, 2014

Natomas Barnes and Noble to host a public book signing May 10, 2014, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. featuring Fresno author, magazine publisher and business owner, Reginia (Regana) McKinney-McGee, as she signs her new book titled Introspection.
Introspection is the poignant story of a struggle between morality and retribution as a woman with deep secrets embarks on a life-changing journey to seek justice from unwary souls.          


Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon Dr. Cat Begovic graces the cover of Iron Man Magazine

LOS ANGELES, April 30, 2014 / You might do a double take when glancing at the cover of the May issue of Iron Man Magazine Sweden.  Most people would be shocked to see that the fitness cover model is a doctor; a surgeon in fact.  With six pack abs, Dr. Cat Begovic is featured on the cover next to the caption "The Modern Superwoman".   She is a double board certified plastic surgeon with an impressive resume that includes graduating with honors from Harvard University and medical school from UCLA.  She also completed two surgical training programs at UCLA.  Her photos, including those in a 12-page feature article may finally convince even the biggest skeptics that beauty and brains can co-exist.

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