Resources: Autism, ADHD, Reading, and much more

EM_Logo_Final11.pngClick this link Helpful Resources to access a myriad of resources regarding information on Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, reading, Dyslexia, and so much more.  These resources have been compiled by Georgia Media Specialist and Author Ms. Sarah Gardner,

EdMatt radio broadcast returns to Shout 94.7 FM



UPDATE: The Education Matters radio broadcast has returned to its first home — WAAW Shout 94.7 FM radio. 

Tune in to “Education Matters with Donna Moore Wesby” on WAAW Shout 94.7 FM radio every Saturday, 10:00-11:00 a.m.  You can also
listen any where in the world via the station’s live streaming.  Just go to and click on “listen live.”


EdMatt TV Broadcast, WRDW Channel 12

After broadcasting nearly three years on Aiken Standard Television (ASTV) Channel 95 via Atlantic Broadband, the Education Matters television broadcast has been picked up by local CBS affiliate WRDW Channel 12.

The first segment of Education Matters hosted by Donna Moore Wesby aired Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, 8-9 AM.  Donna began the broadcast by highlighting clips from previous broadcasts in addition to laying a foundation for what to expect in the future.

The shows time slot is currently set for Sunday mornings, 8-9 AM.  Make sure to let us know what you think on the WRDW web site or on  Don’t miss it!!

NOTE: To watch previous segments of Education Matters, go to YouTube and search “Education Matters episode XXX.”  Place in the Xs any episode number from 001 to the current number (i.e. Education Matters episode 113).  Once that particular broadcast pulls up, you’ll be able to subscribe and receive instant notifications once new episodes of Education Matters have been uploaded.

The Pathway to College



If you are interested in attending college whether you are a high school student or an adult, this presentation may be of help to you.  You may also watch Education Matters Episode 045 in YouTube.

Senior Citizens, attend college FREE

Did you know most states have laws on the books affording senior citizens the opportunity to attend college for FREE or at a very low cost?  Approximately 60% of accredited degree-granting educational institutions offer tuition waivers for older adults.  Each state provides these opportunities differently with stipulations on age, residency, income restrictions, proof of retirement, and proof of receiving a high school diploma.  Participation may depend on space availability and permission from instructors to attend certain classes.  Below are links showing participating colleges and community colleges in South Carolina and Georgia.  For more information, call the specific college of interest.


South Carolina:

Education Matters is a 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Org.

Good news from the IRS, yes it’s not a joke!  On Friday, June 6, 2014, Education Matters Nonprofit Corporation received notification that the organization is now a 501(c)(3) tax exempt public charity.

Contributions to Education Matters are tax deductible under section 170 of the Code effective on our date of organization, which was April 9, 2013.  Education Matters is qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106, or 2522 of the Code.

Education Matters is equipped to receive contributions on this web site.  Check out the “Donations” page.  For more information or if you have questions, contact Education Matters Founder/Executive Director Donna Moore Wesby, 803-507-6793.

EdMatt opens Reading Center

022415 download 197Education Matters believes reading is fundamental and a major key to attaining individual success.  Education Matters opened the first Education Matters Reading and Resource Center on Sept. 2, 2014, at Schofield Middle School, in Aiken, SC.

Through the utilization of a reputable, reliable, and proven online software, Education Matters provides one-on-one tutoring to children 14 years of age and under who struggle with reading.

After the initial step of conducting a diagnostic reading assessment test, an individualized instruction is designed to assist in bringing the child up to grade level in a timely fashion suitable to each child’s ability and commitment to the tutoring schedule.

In addition to reading tutoring, homework assistance will be provided all in an after school setting at the school.  To inquire about the application process or to volunteer to serve, contact Education Matters Founder/Executive Director Donna Moore Wesby, 803-507-6793.

Education Matters to Parents Who Are Involved

By Donna Moore Wesby

The following practical advice for parents of elementary school children was written and compiled by Donna Moore Wesby with some contributions from Ms. Rosie Berry, Ms. Peggy Trivelas, and “The Parent Institute” newsletters.

Generally, involved parents make the difference between those students who excel academically and those who struggle.  Here are a few practical tips to help place your child on the right path.

  • Enforce a consistent bed time.  Elementary aged children are still growing physically.  Sleep is imperative for a healthy body and a brain ready to learn.  Try to ensure your child receives nine to 10 hours of uninterrupted sleep nightly.
  • Start each day with a healthy breakfast.  Sugar-filled treats start children off very hyper.  Once the sugar wears off, they experience a sugar crash which could lead to inattention and being sluggish.  Breakfast is just like gas in a vehicle.  It provides the energy a child needs to think and learn.
  • Instill a sense of responsibility.  Hold your children accountable for bringing home books, reading, studying, and completing homework.  Allow them to make age-appropriate decisions and make sure you provide consequences for poor choices.
  • Talk with your children daily.  Ask specific questions on what your child learned each day.  Don’t ask closed-ended questions, which allow them to only respond “yes” or “no.”  For example, “Did you have a good day at school?”  Change your question to “What did you learn in English today?”
  • Attend open houses and parent-teacher conferences.  When teachers know you care by taking the time to show up, it’s better for you and your child.  Building this relationship is crucial to your child’s educational success.  Make sure your child’s teacher knows how to contact you at any time. If your number or address changes, make sure to inform the school/teacher.
  • Allow your child to read to you daily.  Reading is the fundamental foundation to learning. Allowing your child to read to you at least 20 minutes daily will expose any problems early on so that you can request help, seek tutoring, talk to teachers, etc.
  • Check your child’s book bag daily. Oftentimes in elementary school, schools will send home weekly/monthly newsletters with information you need to know affecting your child or the school. Furthermore, teachers may send home notes regarding your child’s activities, behavior, etc.
  • Designate a place for learning.  Children develop habits (good and bad) early in life.  Setting up a designated place conducive to learning will get your child in the habit of learning once they enter the “learning zone.”  Make sure the area is free from noise and other distractions.
  • Celebrate your child’s successes.  It’s very easy for children to become discouraged if they don’t measure up to other children’s achievements.  Whatever the success is, no matter how large or small, encourage your child and celebrate with them (i.e. good attendance; grade improvements, good behavior).
  • Pray with your child daily.  When your child hears you praying for him/her, it teaches them to depend on the Lord the way it’s demonstrated in you.  Furthermore, when your child knows you have petitioned God on their behalf, they are more confident in their abilities and more determined to please you and God.

EdMatt study tips

Getting good grades does not just magically happen.  You must sincerely dedicate time and effort into becoming a good student, which then helps you receive good grades.  Practicing effective study tips is a key component to receiving good grades.  Here are just a few tips.  However, make sure your methodology fits your learning style.

Just do it. Students could probably do better than they realize if they simply study.  Some procrastinate or do not study at all.  Nothing from nothing leaves nothing.

Study in a place without distractions. Distractions such as the television and even the radio will quickly draw us into it and remove us from the studying process as soon as our favorite song or show comes on.  Some students fool themselves into thinking “I study better with music.”  As long as the music is instrumental (i.e. classical or slow jazz), this might be fine.

Re-read notes taken in class.  In order for this tip to work, you must first actually take notes in class.  Effective notetaking can take some time at first to develop the process that works best for you.  In any case, when studying, read through notes several times to reacquaint you with in-class discussions.

Develop practice tests.  Prior to studying, make up practice tests from your notes and the textbook.  Create multiple choice questions, make flash cards, etc.  After you have studied, give yourself the test and check the answers.

Find a study partner.  Oftentimes, having a good and focused study partner can make studying fun as long as you stay on topic.  You can quiz each other and learn in the process.  Talking about the day’s gossip instead of the test material will make this tip ineffective.

Use practice questions and tests in textbooks.  Many textbooks will have practice questions at the end of each chapter and practice tests in the back of the book.

Make up songs or use other tricks to remember difficult information.  Some people retain information perhaps quicker and for longer lengths of time if learned in a song.  Make up songs or use the first letters of key words to help memorize information.

Give yourself ample time to study.  You can’t rush greatness.  Don’t expect to get good grades if you do not sacrifice the time needed to cover all information.

Never study when exhausted.  This will never work.  You will end up reading the same line four times from falling asleep.  It is better to take a power nap or to go ahead and get ample rest and set your alarm clock to wake up and study.

Help your child become a better reader

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  1. When reading to your child, point out patterns that occur across words “Hey! The letter ‘s’ at the end of ‘cats’ changes the meaning of the word from one cat to more than one cat.”  Encourage your child to look for other words with the same pattern.
  2. When your child is reading aloud, encourage her to read as if she were telling the story to a very young child.  This will help her to read with natural expression and fluency.
  3. When our child is reading to “guess and go,” that is, to guess the identify of a word after sounding out only the first letter(s) of the word.  When this happens, tell her to look at all the letters in the word.
  4. When your child says he doesn’t know what a word is, don’t automatically read it for him.  Ask him to look for familiar words inside the word he doesn’t know.  “I see the word ‘lock’ inside this word (locker).”  It helps to look for words that make sense in the context of what is being read.  Also direct your child’s attention to common spelling patters.  “Look!  The letters at the end of this word (crouch) are the same letters at the end of  ‘pouch to read this rhyming word.”
  5. Model reading of words using slow-motion talking, blending one sound into the next with no pause between sounds, e.g., “thhiiss” for “this.”  Point to the corresponding letters as you say the sounds and pronounce the word naturally when finished.
  6. Select books that match your child’s reading ability.  Reading material that is too hard will cause your child to guess words.  If your child habitually selects reading material that is too easy, or doesn’t like to read, this may be a sign of a reading problem.
  7. Discourage your child’s focus on reading fast.  Many schools regularly measure and emphasize the importance of reading rate, usually measured in number of words read per minute.  Instead, encourage your child to focus on reading accurately.  As children become more accurate readers, they become more fluent readers.
  8. If your child habitually skips words or lines of text, encourage her to run an index finger under the line of print when reading.
  9. When your child needs to read a long word, encourage her to chunk the word into syllables by focusing on vowel letter chunks in the word.  “This word (computer) has three chunks of vowel letters, let’s read one chunk at a time; com-pu-ter.”  If necessary, prompt your child to say the word several times, each time stressing a different syllable or changing a vowel sound from long to short (or vice versa) until the word “rings a bell” and makes sense in the context of what is being read.
  10. Discuss new words and encourage your child to make up sentences using the new words.  Using new words in different situations throughout the day helps improve a child’s vocabulary, comprehension, and knowledge of the world around them.

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