GREAT Supreme Court Decision – Schools Must Provide More Support for Students with Disabilities

A GREAT Supreme Court Unanimous (8-0) was handed down today that states that public schools must provide more than ‘de minimus’ or the bare minimum to benefit students with disabilities.

The fact that some school systems (in this case, Douglas County) were fighting the case all the way to the Supreme Court tells you that […]

Dyslexia Assessments Issue is Out! – Dyslexic Advantage Premium Issue #15 [Premium]

ISSUE 15 of Dyslexic Advantage PREMIUM
Article include: Scientist and World Philanthropist Sir Ray Avery
How I Got My Job in Logistics
Planning for the Future – What Tests Show and Don’t Show
Creativity Boost – Quick Way to Gete It
Testing for Dyslexia
Choosing Tests
Processing Speed and Writing
How to Test & Grade the Dyslexia-Friendly Way
Gifted with ADD
Teaching Algebra with […]

Let Them Listen – Audiobooks and Dyslexia

 Let Them Listen!
“The objective of the present research study was to understand what benefits the use of audiobooks (both school-books and books of various genres, recorded on digital media) could bring to preadolescents and adolescents with developmental dyslexia. Two groups, each consisting of 20 adolescents, were compared. The experimental group used the audiobooks, while […]

WHAT YOU CAN LEARN FROM A CHILD’S WRITING [Premium]

There are many skills that are required to write by hand. Besides having an idea and being able to organize it into words, there’s remembering the motor, kinesthetic, and visual sequences of letters and words and being able to discern similar and dissimilar sounds (auditory processing, phonemic awareness). No wonder it’s hard to write! What […]

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DROPPING OUT BECAUSE OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE [Premium]

At Harvard University in the 1970’s, a clinical psychologst made a startling discovery. Intending on studying the emotional problems that caused students at one of the world’s elite universities to drop out of school to drop out, he found out instead that the most common reason students dropped out of their degree programs was that […]

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Q: What Help is Available for Adults with Dyslexia ?

A. Depending on what kind of help you are seeking and where you live, there are many different types of resources available to help adults with dyslexia. In the United States, it’s been estimated that 3 out of 4 children are not being identified in school; among adults, that number is probably higher.

Should I Be […]

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WHEN A UNIVERSITY IS DYSLEXIA-UNFRIENDLY

Despite recent advances in dyslexia-friendly policies and statements in K-12 and higher education, reports of dyslexia-unfriendly and discriminatory practices are more common than anyone would like to mention.

At the university level, rarely is there any education for faculty and staff about the the needs of dyslexic and LD students on campus, so it should […]

By |January 17th, 2017|Categories: Accessibility, Accommodations, Advocacy, College, dyslexia, Education|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on WHEN A UNIVERSITY IS DYSLEXIA-UNFRIENDLY

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Breaking News Dyslexia: Improved College Board Guidelines for Test Accommodations – Starting Jan 1, 2017

New from the College Board: 

“Beginning January 1, 2017, the vast majority of students who are approved for and using testing accommodations at their school through a current Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan will have those same accommodations automatically approved for taking the SAT®, PSAT™10, PSAT/NMSQT®, SAT Subject Tests™, and AP® Exams. Most private […]

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Dyslexia and Medical School – AMA Journal of Ethics

In an important article published in the AMA Journal of Ethics, physicians call for mandatory dyslexia training for medical school faculty.

The article presents the case of a 1st year dyslexic medical student who excelled in college and in clinical research, but who is conflicted about whether to disclose his dyslexia to faculty and fellow […]

By |November 1st, 2016|Categories: Accessibility, Accommodations, Advocacy, Careers, Neurodiversity|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Dyslexia and Medical School – AMA Journal of Ethics

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Surviving Parent Teacher Conferences [Premium]

Parent-Teaching Conferences can be stressful for both parents and teachers. Keep your eye on the big picture, think strategically, and work toward a positive year for your student in the classroom. Often the amount of time you have with the teacher is quite short because of the total number of students involved. As a result, plan […]

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By |October 31st, 2016|Categories: Accommodations, Advocacy, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, dyslexia, ELLs, Learning, Modifications, Parents, Premium, Premium Content, Teaching, Technology|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Surviving Parent Teacher Conferences [Premium]

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Q: How Can My Student Be Tested for Dyscalculia ?

 The last decade has seen a great advance in the biological understanding of dyscalculia, or math disability. The DSM V groups a specific learning disorder in math (315.1) under Specific Learning Disability along with impairment in reading (315.000) and impairment in written expression (315.2). The NIH defines dyscalculia as a condition contributes to “difficulty understanding arithmetic […]

By |October 5th, 2016|Categories: 504, Accommodations, Advocacy, Assessment, Dyscalculia, Gifted, IEP, Testing|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Q: How Can My Student Be Tested for Dyscalculia ?

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Question: Does Note-Taking with Spellcheck Help or Hinder Students with Dyslexia ? [Premium]

 It’s a question that arises commonly – does spellchecking for students help or hinder when it comes to students and spelling? The concern is that allowing students to use spellcheck on a regular basis in the long run may prevent them learning correct spellings. Should age matter or the presence of dyslexia? What about working […]

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By |October 3rd, 2016|Categories: Accommodations, ADD / ADHD, Dysgraphia, dyslexia, Premium, Premium Content, Spelling, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Question: Does Note-Taking with Spellcheck Help or Hinder Students with Dyslexia ? [Premium]

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Sorting Out the Differences Between Dyslexia and ADD / ADHD [Premium]

On one level, Dyslexia and ADD / ADHD would seem quite different, but in reality, we are only at the beginning of our understanding of how the two might overlap and be different.

Both Dyslexia and ADD / ADHD were initially characterized by their negatives – Dyslexia by difficulty learning to read, and ADD / ADHD […]

By |September 20th, 2016|Categories: Accommodations, ADD / ADHD, Assessment, Attention, dyslexia, Medication, Psychology, Teachers|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Sorting Out the Differences Between Dyslexia and ADD / ADHD [Premium]

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What to Do If a Reading Curriculum Doesn’t Work [Premium]

It happens to everybody. You research a curriculum thoroughly or it gets through several levels of a review and then you put it into action and… it just doesn’t connect. What do you do? There are several common reasons why a curriculum doesn’t connect with a particular student – and so some trial and error and […]

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Why It’s Important to Say Dyslexia But Also Support Its Strengths

What is Dyslexia?  Dyslexia is a brain-based learning difference with a strong genetic basis. It characterized by unexpected difficulties in fluent reading and specific patterns of difficulty with writing, spelling, and sometimes math as well as strengths in problem-solving and many aspects of creative thinking. The word unexpected is used because dyslexic children have […]

Why It’s Hard to Proofread and Read Fluently

It can be maddening. You look and look you just don’t see it. Later you pass your work along, you see all the thing you hadn’t seen the first time round.

What’s going on ?  You’ve experienced a ‘trick’ of perception. In our clinic, when trying to explain the phenomenon to children, we often use […]

By |September 5th, 2016|Categories: Accommodations, Advocacy, Being Dyslexic, dyslexia, Research, Stealth Dyslexia, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Why It’s Hard to Proofread and Read Fluently

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