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Dyslexic Advantage Newsletter September 2017

September 2017 Dyslexic Advantage newsletter includes:
Weta Workshop Creative Director Sir Richard Taylor
Ptahra Helps New York’s Dyslexia Bill Become Law
Sabrina Brazzo, Dyslexic Ballerina
How to Respond to Negative Self-Talk
Best Practices for Dyslexia
Calculator Use: Accommodation or No?
When Spelling Words Don’t Stick
National Association of School Psychologists Speaks Out on Dyslexia Screeners
Beyond Combination Locks
Microsoft Updates Immersive Reader
How Can I […]

Dyslexia Laws 2017

Here’s our 2017 snapshot of Passed Dyslexia Laws in the US. This is rapidly changing time for dyslexia legislation, so please update us with corrections, changes, or newly passed laws. Huge thanks to the Dyslexic Advantage Community, Decoding Dyslexia, and other leading dyslexia groups. Last Updated Sept 21st, 2017.

Only 7 states have no dyslexia laws […]

Interview with Dyslexic Master Montessori Teacher ALISON AWES [Premium]

I recently had a chance to talk with Master Montessori Teacher Alison Awes who is based at the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota. Alison is dyslexic herself and she has written about how Montessori instruction can support dyslexic students. Alison is also trained in Orton-Gillingham Level1. Like the Orton-Gillingham method, the Montessori approach was created […]

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Minecraft Reading and More

From a Wired Magazine article, How Videogames Like Minecraft Actually Helps Kids to Read:

“Minecraft is the hot new videogame among teachers and parents. It’s considered genuinely educational: Like an infinite set of programmable Lego blocks, it’s a way to instill spatial reasoning, math, and logic—the skills beloved by science and technology educators. But from […]

Positive Affirmations

A dyslexic woman and successful tech entrepreneur was interviewed and asked what helped her overcome ‘the odds.’ Here’s what she said:

“Affirmations…I literally told myself the naysayers were wrong about me. I told myself exactly what I needed to hear, every single day, to move my life forward.”

Here are some of the affirmations on her […]

The Importance of Early Identification

John Alexander of Groves Academy recently shared his frustration with the slowness of schools adopting early identification of dyslexia. Fortunately, though, progress is being made with state education laws.

“In September, 1998, we gave an assessment to all 450 kindergarten students in the district to determine those students who were at risk of developing a […]

By |August 24th, 2017|Categories: Assessment, Curriculum, dyslexia, Education, Learning, Reading, Research, School, Teaching, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on The Importance of Early Identification

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SCIENCE: THE BALANCING ACT OF LITERACY

Dr. Stanislaus Dehaene is a French researcher who has authored Reading and the Brain. He and his research team conducted some interesting investigations into Portuguese and Brazilian adults who they classified into 3 groups: unschooled adults (referred to as ‘illiterate’), adult-onset readers (‘ex-illiterate’), or schooled child-onset readers (‘literate’).

What the researchers found was that people […]

By |August 23rd, 2017|Categories: dyslexia, Education, Learning, Memory, Reading, Research, Strategies, Testing|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on SCIENCE: THE BALANCING ACT OF LITERACY

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Precis Writing … or when less is more

“It will be particularly helpful if they give themselves practice in precis writing, paraphrasing, and note-taking. If one has to write a precis one is forced not only to think out carefully what are the key ideas in a particular passage but also to express them concisely, accurately, and clearly. Paraphrasing makes similar demands […]

By |August 22nd, 2017|Categories: Being Dyslexic, Dysgraphia, dyslexia, Education, Learning, Strategies, Teaching, Uncategorized, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Precis Writing … or when less is more

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MATH: When Words Get In the Way

From Miles and Miles’ wonderful Dyslexia and Mathematics book:

Here is an example of a dyslexic student’s sharing of how she becomes confused by what a teacher is saying. The capital letters indicate words that required her to stop and think.

Teacher:

“We are going to TAKE 25 FROM 61. WRITE DOWN 61 first (I sometimes wrote […]

By |August 18th, 2017|Categories: Being Dyslexic, Dyscalculia, dyslexia, Education, Learning, Math, Teachers, Teaching|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on MATH: When Words Get In the Way

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[PREMIUM] Dyslexia: The Twenty-Something Years

“These are the years when it will be easiest to start the lives we want. And no matter what we do, the twenties are an inflection point- the great reorganization – a time when the experiences we have disproportionately influence the adult lives we will lead.” –  Meg Jay, author of The Defining Decade “Life for […]

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FREE SILICON VALLEY CODER SCHOOL 42

A gifted dyslexic high school student from the East Coast told me about a school that he was heading out to join in the Silicon Valley instead of college. He was incredibly bright and resourceful, and had been bringing in pretty good income from setting up his own server for games. Like many bright […]

What’s the Most Stressful Time for Dyslexic Students?

 

ANSWER: Grades 3-5 in Elementary School.

If we know this, are we doing everything we can to help students emotionally and socially in these grades?

There are many pressures that converge on the 3-5th grade (see The 3rd Grade Wall), and developmentally, it is a time when children are trying to develop competencies. It is also a […]

By |March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Being Dyslexic, dyslexia, Education, Parents, Psychology, Social and Emotional, Teachers, Teaching|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on What’s the Most Stressful Time for Dyslexic Students?

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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 […]

By |March 22nd, 2017|Categories: 504, Accommodations, dyslexia, Dyslexia Laws, Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on GREAT Supreme Court Decision – Schools Must Provide More Support for Students with Disabilities

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Tips for Engaging with Books – From an Anonymous Adult

This article is aimed at anyone who…

is dyslexic, or thinks they might be
wishes to help dyslexic adults to engage with books
is interested in ways to engage with books

 

What are these tips?

7 things that help me to engage with any book;
3 things that help me to engage with non-fiction […]

By |March 3rd, 2017|Categories: dyslexia, Education, Learning, Reading, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Tips for Engaging with Books – From an Anonymous Adult

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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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By |February 13th, 2017|Categories: Curriculum, dyslexia, Education, Language Arts, Learning, Premium, Premium Content, Spelling, Strategies, Teachers, Teaching|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on STRATEGIES FOR THE MOST COMMON SPELLING MISTAKES: THE SCHWA [Premium]

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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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