Issue 13 Dec 31 2016 Dyslexic Advantage Premium

It’s out!  Latest Issue – Thinking Differently – Discussion of New Research from MIT re: Dyslexia, Dyslexic Innovator Behind SWATCH, Susan Butcher, 4x Iditarod Champion, Math: Showing Not Saying, Latest Research About Dyslexia and Adaptation – Repetition as a Poor Way to Teach Dyslexics, Dyscalculia & Dyslexia, Why Slow Processing, How to Teach Writing to […]

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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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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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How They Did It: Dyslexia, Gifted Ed, and SAT and ACT Accommodations [Premium]

Today I had a chance to catch up with a member of our Dyslexic Advantage community who had just heard the great news that her 17 year old son had been granted accommodations for both the SAT and ACT, including the calculator-free section of the new SAT.

This family navigated several difficult transitions: private school […]

By |September 2nd, 2016|Categories: 504, Accommodations, Advocacy, Assessment, dyslexia, Gifted, Parents, Premium, Premium Content, Professionals, Psychology|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on How They Did It: Dyslexia, Gifted Ed, and SAT and ACT Accommodations [Premium]

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States Fall Short on First Professional Teacher Trainings for Dyslexia

So it’s begun: states like South Carolina have begun making their first professional development for teachers explaining what dyslexia is and how teachers can meet their needs of the students in their classrooms. It’s a start.

However, if you look at the modules (see below), you’ll understand how little teachers may be prepared to meet […]

By |August 3rd, 2016|Categories: 504, Accommodations, Assessment, Dyslexia Laws|Tags: , , |Comments Off on States Fall Short on First Professional Teacher Trainings for Dyslexia

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Best Early Dyslexia Screeners for Schools – Elementary [Premium]

With new legislation moving schools toward early identification of students with dyslexia, teachers, classrooms, and districts are having to decide on which screener would be best for identifying students “at-risk.”

For dyslexic students, presence of a reading gap has been detected as early as the first grade and early intervention is well-recognized to be beneficial. […]

By |July 12th, 2016|Categories: Advocacy, Assessment, dyslexia, Reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Best Early Dyslexia Screeners for Schools – Elementary [Premium]

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Q & A: School Psychologist Asks: How Do I Identify Dyslexia? [Premium]

A School Psychologist asks: Q: How Do I Identify Dyslexia? You may be surprised to learn that psychologists may not know how to identify dyslexia in the school setting. You may be even more surprised to learn that a NASP consensus statement recommended school psychologists avoid the term “dyslexia” all together. Thankfully, not all school psychologists agree with […]

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By |June 27th, 2016|Categories: Assessment, Premium, Premium Content, Psychology, Testing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Q & A: School Psychologist Asks: How Do I Identify Dyslexia? [Premium]

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Can Gifted Kids with Dyslexia Fly at School? – When Tests and Schools Fall Short [Premium]

I recently came across Bobby Gilman’s article on the critical issues facing twice-exceptional or Gifted LD students at school. It’s an ambitious paper for sure, but provides a solid big picture view of the challenges that 2E students face in their pursuit of an appropriate education. The challenges include states drastically scaling back services for students […]

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By |June 6th, 2016|Categories: Assessment, Dysgraphia, Psychology, RTI, Stealth Dyslexia, Teachers, Testing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Can Gifted Kids with Dyslexia Fly at School? – When Tests and Schools Fall Short [Premium]

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Are Standardized Tests Making Kids Anxious? [Free with Premium Extras]

By |May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Accommodations, Advocacy, Assessment, Language Arts, Testing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Are Standardized Tests Making Kids Anxious? [Free with Premium Extras]

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New Research – How Dyslexia Changes – Kids, Teens, and Young Adults [Premium]

With all of the advances in our understanding of early intervention, dyslexia in older students and young adults often gets short shrift.
The paper by Dr. Kathleen Niesen and colleagues has some interesting findings that have important points for identification, accommodations, and understanding of both the challenges and strengths of adolescents and young adults with dyslexia.

Importantly, […]

By |May 3rd, 2016|Categories: Assessment, Being Dyslexic, Education, Memory, Reading, Stealth Dyslexia, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on New Research – How Dyslexia Changes – Kids, Teens, and Young Adults [Premium]

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Response to Intervention RTI Hurts Students with Dyslexia

RTI or Response To Intervention is currently the dominant approach to reading instruction in public schools across the United States (over 70% of school districts), but in a just-released progress report funded by the Department of Education from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), there’s a big problem…it doesn’t work.

RTI was supported by vocal […]

New UK Primary School Tests Discriminate Against Students with Dyslexia

From The Guardian,

The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) said it has been inundated with calls from primary headteachers who are alarmed about the new system, which will require 10- and 11-year-olds to correctly spell more than 100 key words before they are judged to have reach expected educational standards. The system will come into effect for exams […]

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Top Dyslexia App 2016 – Voice Dream Reader

Congratulations Voice Dream Reader for being named one of Dyslexic Advantage’s Top Dyslexia Apps of 2016!

Voice Dream is one of our community’s favorite apps for listening to text on the iPhone or iPad. It has a great user interface (especially loved is its connection with Bookshare – because Bookshare provides free electronic texts to […]

By |April 4th, 2016|Categories: Accessibility, Assessment, Technology, Top Dyslexia App|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Top Dyslexia App 2016 – Voice Dream Reader

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Dyslexia and Speaking Difficulties in Children [Premium]

“Two years after starting school, 1/3 of children who had experienced articulatory problems or whose language acquisition had been delayed were significantly behind in reading and spelling. By contrast, only one of twenty children  in the control situation were behind.” – Dr. Marcel Just, Dyslexia Characteristics and Causes

Although dyslexia is quite common (up to […]

Ignite the Change – Dyslexia – Call to Action

 It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires in the minds of men. — Samuel Adams

The last few months have seen tremendous progress in Dyslexia-Specific Legislation, but of course we need much more. We are grateful to Earl Oremus for his impassioned support of Dyslexic Advantage’s […]

Breaking Research : Dyslexia in Adolescents and Adults [Premium]

An important paper was published this month from the University of Washington, entitled “Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Assessment for Dyslexia in Adolescents and Young Adults.” The paper is especially important guiding testing professionals who assess teens and adults for dyslexia or see gifted or twice-exceptional students. This paper also takes a more systematic look at the […]

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