Tara Clancy UKLA Eagle Hill School dyslexia Reading Problems issues



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Whether you have a kid who CAN’T read or a kid who WON’T read, it comes down to the same thing:

You’ve got a reading problem.  And you need solutions.

Why Nurturing Literacy?

Welcome to Nurturing Literacy, THE place for solving reading problems. Uniquely.

How can a parent find solutions?

It starts with the questions.

By asking the right questions, you can get the right solutions–solutions that are effective and efficient.

By asking the right questions, you can understand your child as a reader–and as a child.

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Could it be a sleep-related breathing problem? When sleep is disrupted, EVERYTHING is affected, including reading.

How do you ask the right questions?

It starts with knowing what’s available out there. There’s a boat load of cutting-edge research! We know things about the brain and body that wouldn’t have been possible just a decade ago.


And while some parents have been able to uncover this information, most parents have not been given access to this information. The simple reason is that this information has remained largely in the “Ivory Towers” and in the hands of highly specialized practitioners.

Until now.

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How do I know??

I live it everyday. Here at Nurturing Literacy, I give you:

  • over twenty years of experience as a reading specialist and evaluator, working with readers (and a whole lot of parents and professionals along the way);
  • over fifteen years of using natural health practices to reclaim and maintain wellness;
  • over a decade of “mom” experience (thanks to my two lovely school-aged cherubs);
  • abundant knowledge of the current cognitive sciences research (yes, I’m a neuroscience nerd!);
  • an integration of mind-body connection practices (not to be missed!);
  • an abundant love of reading
  • a belief in the power of reading together; and
  • a deep respect for the natural right of parents to follow their hearts and minds as they raise their children.

Are you ready to go from reading problems to reading progress©?

Take the quiz to find out if your child is on the path to reading success.

Start here to find out what affects 11% of all children.

SOLVING READING PROBLEMS. UNIQUELY. Find out more about me here.

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If your child is having trouble breathing at night, he would tell you, right? Yes–if he could.

But he can’t tell you if he doesn’t know. And  if he is part of the 11% of kids who are having trouble breathing at night because of a sleep-related breathing problem, he simply doesn’t know.

But he is showing signs.

So why are these 11% of kids not getting the help they need?  Because many parents simply don’t know the signs. And the unfortunate fact is that many pediatricians don’t know the signs, either.

This is a grave problem because these kids never get the help they need. And they desperately need help to avoid the devastation of this  sleep-related breathing problem called  “Pediatric Sleep-disordered Breathing” (PSDB). It is a serious problem that affects a child in every way:

  • physical health,
  • emotional well being,
  • academic performance, and
  • facial development.


The good news is that children with sleep-related breathing problems like PSDB are showing us signs…all day and all night. And when it comes to PSDB, if we can SPOT it, we can STOP it!


What is the number one sign of a sleep-related breathing problem like PSDB? It’s simple: an OPEN MOUTH.

If your child keeps his mouth open–even if the lips are just slightly parted–it affects a child in every way.  The most obvious change is that the face grows longer. The bottom third of the face “elongates.” You can see this elongation in this  animation:


FIRST…Check your child for the signs that PSDB kids show when they are AWAKE:

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If you see these signs of Pediatric Sleep-disordered Breathing (PSDB) while your child is AWAKE, check for other signs when your child is ASLEEP.

SECOND…Check your child for the signs that PSDB kids show when they are ASLEEP.

These signs:

  • are non-medical,
  • are easy-to-spot, and
  • can help you  change your child’s life.

If you see any of these signs when your child is AWAKE, check for other signs when your child is ASLEEP.

Is your child one of the 11% of all children in the industrialized world who are affected by Pediatric Sleep-disordered Breathing (PSDB)? Find out now. Get the checklist here.

Disclaimer: This information is not offered as medical advice and should not be construed as such. Consult a qualified sleep professional for information on diagnosing and treating sleep-related breathing problems in children.

Tara Clancy UKLA Eagle Hill School dyslexia Reading Problems issues



YouTube interview reading specialist expert reading support sleep disorder
We’re on YouTube! Click the pic to check out the interview and get Tara’s tips for solving reading problems…uniquely!


“Tara was an incredible resource for our family. Her evaluations and reports uncovered academic concerns that were not reflected in our communications with our child’s school. Figuring out the special education system can be overwhelming, and Tara was an invaluable resource for us. She held a critical role in improving communication and action with the school and leading us to the correct education pathway for our child. Tara is a pleasure to work with, is responsive, incredibly intelligent, and a parent herself. We are so grateful for all of her help!”
Suzanne, mom of 10 year old

Our son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder accompanied by intellectual deficits and Tara was incredibly patient with all of us during this difficult process.  She was a diligent and eloquent advocate for our son when we needed help at our PPT meeting and specific literacy and comprehension goals for his IEP.   I really can’t speak highly enough about her expertise –  she was thorough, insightful, fair and balanced…all of which helped us when dealing with our former school district and the new school in which he now attends.
Kathy, mom of 12 year old
“Every parent’s hope is to find someone who can home in on why their child is struggling. Tara did just that for us. After years of mixed messages, Tara’s evaluation and recommendations set us on the right path to help our son and his teachers find a path forward through his literacy challenges. We are so grateful!”
Christina, mom of 11 year old
“I have known Tara since she tutored my now twenty-five-year old in second grade. Tara had a huge impact on his reading development and thus confidence. Her expertise in evaluating and remediating students is fantastic. I have recommended Tara to several friends in an effort to help them gain the clarity necessary to provide the right help for their child’s success.
Tara gets to the core of why the student struggles, and more importantly, what to do about it. She is an invaluable resource, helping parents navigate what is going on, or what should be going on at school. Her evaluations are clear with specific recommendations to give students the tools to succeed.”

Betsy, mom of former student
“Tara had the right combination of experience, credentials and temperament to finally get through to my 16-year-old.  After striking out with several tutors, we found Tara and she was a keeper! Also, Tara was the first person who suggested that my daughter might have food allergies, and that they could be adding to my daughter’s struggles. We decided to get her tested, and we’re so glad we did! It turned out she had celiac disease!”
Sheryl, mom of 16 year old
“My husband and I learned that our daughter had language challenges in elementary school. She needed help not just with reading, but with her confidence and building her self esteem. Our daughter resisted other tutors’ attempts; but Tara truly met her where she was — navigating a young girl’s complex needs for skill building, improving comprehension and unlocking true motivation from within. Tara delivered it all with great competency, compassion and fun, and now our daughter is a confident reader who self advocates and excels in high school. We are so grateful to have had Tara on our “team.” She was and still is an incredible resource for our family.”
Angie, mom of high schooler
“Tara has been an invaluable resource for my second grade son. She has been working with him since the middle of first grade. At his mid-year conference, I was told he was meeting benchmarks. But I noticed things that were worrying me with a young reader. I decided he needed a “reading check up.”
Not only does Tara have a deep knowledge of the process of learning to read but also of the local school systems and how they teach reading. I’m thrilled I decided to check in with her. She has put my mind at ease and given my son the tools he needs to progress to the next level.”
Abby, mom of 7 year old
“If you are looking for a literacy specialist with excellent credentials, who is compassionate and patient, who uses not only her intelligence to help your child but humor as well, then Tara Clancy is for you!  My son can be a challenge to work with and he enjoyed working with Ms. Clancy as she guided him on writing an essay that was instrumental in helping him get accepted into several of his top choice colleges.”
Victoria, mom of 17 year old