My first tip for avoiding learning problems? Put that young learner on your lap and have fun together with a good book.

My second tip? Be a role model for young learners by letting them see you engaged with a book–in your hand, NOT on-screen. (There’s already research showing that on-screen learning is far weaker than the old-fashioned, face-to-face method.)

My third tip? Wait till tomorrow for that one.

As a learning specialist, I’ve learned that by far the most common block to easy learning is auditory-processing deficit: the brain just doesn’t know how to organize the sounds of the language. Something gets missed in early childhood…or perhaps some trauma or accident disrupted the learning process.

But this can be fixed! With help, even adults can install the missing piece and enjoy having a faster, smarter mind. Better yet, you can help prevent the pain of auditory-processing deficit in young children by reading to them–and with them. Reading is first-class therapy and at Wolffy’s Book Den good books won’t break anyone’s bank.