Wendy S. Matthews, PhD
Mindprint Learning (www.mindprintlearning.com)
Dr. Matthews now serves as a psychology consultant to Mindprint Learning, the first and only scientifically valid, online cognitive assessment of children. The assessment, developed by neuroscientists at the University of Pennsylvania’s Brain Behavior Lab and normed with 10,000 children, provides parents, tutors, and schools the opportunity to determine a student’s particular cognitive strengths and to identify areas that need support. In about an hour, students from 8 to 21 years old can sign-on (at home, in the school computer lab, or in a library) to take the user-friendly test. In a few days, they receive a thorough report on 10 critical cognitive skills. In addition, the students, parents, tutors, or teachers can access specific recommendations for that particular student based on the findings.
Having specialized in infants and preschoolers in her clinical practice, she now serves, pro bono, as Psychology Consultant to the Greater New Brunswick Day Care Council, which provides care for children from six weeks to six years old. 40 years ago, she completed an NIH post-doctoral research project there, so it was time to "give back" for their open-hearted generosity in providing a site for the project! She administers developmental screenings to 3 to 6-year-old children and offers classroom consultation for social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral concerns.
Recognizing the critical need to read to children from infancy on, Dr. Matthews has prepared a book for parents and their children entitled “How to Read to Your Little One”. It has a bilingual format, “Como Leer a su Pequeno”, and is currently being translated into Danish and Chinese. The point is: It's never too early to begin reading to a child. “How to Read to Your Little One” is for parents or prospective parents of newborns, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Colorful photographs with short messages convey both the fun and the value of reading to even the youngest children. It strives to reduce the number of children who enter kindergarten with the “30 million word gap”, and to help them prepare for the academic demands that light ahead. Purchasers of the book include day care centers in less privileged communities, hospitals that provide growth-fostering materials upon discharge after birth, community centers, and libraries in the United States and abroad. Early childhood literacy programs abound, and find that this book fills a gap in terms of providing respectful, user-friendly teaching of a skill every child without exception must acquire, the sooner the better.