STRATEGIES FOR THE MOST COMMON SPELLING MISTAKES: THE SCHWA [Premium]

Once you learn how to recognize the ‘schwa’, you’ll start recognizing them everywhere! In linguistics, the schwa sound is represented by an upside-down ‘e’ and the mouth position is alot like the ‘uh’ sound in ‘butter’. It contributes to lots of misspellings in dyslexic students (and actually non-dyslexic students too) so recognizing the patterns can […]

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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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ADHD and Dyslexia – Meds and Reading Intervention

From Toronto:

“Stimulant medication produced expected beneficial effects on hyperactive/impulsive behavioral symptoms (reported by classroom teachers) but none on reading. Children receiving a reading program showed greater gains than controls on multiple standardized measures of reading and related skills (regardless of medication status)….”

Sixty-five children (7–11 years in age) were assigned randomly to one of three […]

ACTING WITH DYSLEXIA

There are some dyslexic children who seem to be natural actors and actresses at early ages and their talent and imitating the gestures, voices, and personalities of others seems almost from birth. What are the strengths and talents that make so many dyslexic people talented actresses and actors? For some it may be emotional […]

Dyslexia and DOE Nominee Betsy DeVos – Senate Confirmation Hearing

What has Education Secretary nominee Betsy Devos said about Dyslexia in her Senate Confirmation Hearing?  Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) specifically asked her about her positions regarding dyslexia. It looks promising – but of course  early to tell…

For full confirmation hearing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRBNkMM0-pM

This exchange occurs around 1 hr 34 minutes.

Senator Cassidy as you may know has been […]

By |January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, dyslexia, Dyslexia Laws, Education|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Dyslexia and DOE Nominee Betsy DeVos – Senate Confirmation Hearing

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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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Latest Research: Repetition As a Poor Way to Teach Dyslexics [Premium]

In groundbreaking research, researchers at MIT or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reported that dyslexic children and adults have “a diminished ability to acclimate to a repeated input in their paper titled “Dysfunction of Rapid Neural Adaption in Dyslexia.” Like many research papers, dyslexia is seen through a negative lens (‘dysfunction’) and the take-home points […]

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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 […]

By |December 5th, 2016|Categories: 504, Accommodations, College, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, dyslexia, IEP, School, Testing|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Breaking News Dyslexia: Improved College Board Guidelines for Test Accommodations – Starting Jan 1, 2017

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Holiday Reads: Great Children’s Books by Dyslexics

In this holiday season, check out these wonderful books by dyslexic authors and illustrators.  If you use THIS LINK, Dyslexic Advantage will benefit from the referral.

 

 

 

 

Dav Pilkey: Dragon’s Merry Christmas (series)
Patricia Polacco: Christmas Tapestry and The Trees of the Dancing Goats
Charlie Brown Piano Song Book and Complete Peanuts (link is to 1965-66; many in the […]

Tips from a Dyslexic World Memory Champion [Premium]

When people say they would like to ‘brain train’ or get smarter for school, they often mean they want to make their brains more efficient – so they learn more, but also work less. One of the most straightforward ways to do this is to boost memory – and for most dyslexic people, the way […]

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By |November 12th, 2016|Categories: dyslexia, Education, Memory, Premium, Premium Content, School, Strategies, Teachers|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Tips from a Dyslexic World Memory Champion [Premium]

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The Fight over Rote Math

 If you think you’ve been hearing conflicting information about rote math in the news or from schools, you’re absolutely right. The fight is spilling over into educational policy makers and makers of standardized tests such as the College Board. For dyslexic and dyscalculic students the risk is of being caught in the middle.

This past […]

Bridging the Gap to Reading Long Words [Premium]

 In our last post, we wrote about the 3rd grade gap or wall. Dyslexic students typically get through the hard slog of phonemic awareness and then parents and teachers breathe a sigh of relief. Many times, the extra work fades away and students are integrated back into their usual classroom routine. All seems well, but […]

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Dyslexia and the 3rd Grade ‘Wall’

If you’re not aware if the ‘3rd Grade Wall’, you can get blind-sided.

A recurring theme that we hear about when we interview accomplished dyslexic men and women is the trouble and failure (often grade retention) that happens in the 3rd grade. Why?  What’s the big deal about the 3rd grade?

From Time Magazine,

“Take a guess: What […]

By |November 3rd, 2016|Categories: Being Dyslexic, dyslexia, Fluency, Parents, Reading, Teaching|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Dyslexia and the 3rd Grade ‘Wall’

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Math and Dyslexia: Dyslexic Advantage Talks to Stanford & Georgetown Experts Tanya Evans and Michael Ullman

   

Last week, I had a chance to chat with Stanford’s Tanya Evans and Georgetown’s Michael Ullman about their recent research paper about procedural learning and math.

In their paper, their definition of procedural learning relates to the type of learning that requires practice…so much of the early steps of doing mathematical calculations would presumably fall […]

By |October 31st, 2016|Categories: Brain, Dyscalculia, dyslexia, Math, Research|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Math and Dyslexia: Dyslexic Advantage Talks to Stanford & Georgetown Experts Tanya Evans and Michael Ullman

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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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October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month – What Will You Do?

 It’s hard to believe the Dyslexia Awareness Month was only officially recognized by US Congress last year. Although 120 years have passed since Pringle Morgan noticed the intelligence and reading discrepancy in a student, we are still only in our infancy in terms of spreading awareness and deepening the understanding of full picture of dyslexic people. […]

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By |October 12th, 2016|Categories: Advocacy, Being Dyslexic, dyslexia|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month – What Will You Do?

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