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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…

Anatomy of a Borderline

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IF LOOKS COULD KILL
Anatomy of a Borderline
By Shari Schreiber, M.A.
www.GettinBetter.com
There was once a little girl who had a little curl, right in the middle of her forehead. When she was good, she was very, very good--but when she was bad, she was horrid.
My other articles on Borderline Personality Disorder speak to elements in the Borderline that seduce you and keep you enraptured, despite their push-pull emotional gymnastics, disruptive come here/go away cycles, and confusing, crazy-making behaviors. This piece exposes the volatile, frightening dark side of this individual who has gotten you under their spell and won't let you go, but also uncovers the root cause of these issues. There's a comprehensive list of features/traits at the bottom, which can help you determin…

The Key to Timeless Beauty

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., March 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- From "true beauty" ad campaigns to public outrage about doctored images of already thin supermodels, society understands the pressure women feel to be beautiful. But in an ever-changing world, how does one define beauty? Where does beauty begin? Mother and daughter team Chris Shook and Megan Shook Alpha address the daily struggles that all women face when it comes to feeling beautiful in their forthcoming book Beauty Begins: Making Peace with Your Reflection (WaterBrook Press, March 15, 2016). "In our society it is impossible not to feel inadequate at times," write the Shooks. "It's hard to make it through even one day without feeling insecure about ourselves! We don't have it all figured out, but we have discovered some practical ways to love the person God made us to be." They surveyed hundreds of young women involved in the church asking them whether or not they would …