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Dyslexic Advantage Newsletter October 2017

Contents: Jacques Dubochet – Dyslexic Scientist Nobel Prize
Film Director Matthew Vaughn
Dyslexia Is My Superpower
Dyslexic Classics Professor Calls for Change
Prevent Learned Helplessness at the Beginning of the School Year
More Research: Dyslexia As a Difference
Screen Children with Reading Problems for Hearing Problems
Bossy R Words Resources
Algebra: Positive and Negative Numbers
Note Taking On a Laptop: Good or Bad?
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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 […]

By |August 30th, 2017|Categories: dyslexia, Education, Learning, Parents, Teachers|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Positive Affirmations

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More Research: High Reading Masks Dyslexia in Gifted Children (Stealth Dyslexia) [Premium]

In the Journal of Learning Disabilities, a study in Dutch students confirmed a similar pattern of Stealth Dyslexia in the Netherlands. The paper also discussed the discrepancy that exists between students challenges (perceptual and memory deficits in visual and auditory discrimination, sequencing, decoding, short-term auditory memory, certain spatial abilities) and greater than average abilities in […]

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Dyslexic Entrepreneur’s Advice for the Road

  1. I prepare for every situation.

My learning disability has caused me to fear the unknown. Feeling prepared soothes my nerves. Before I attend a meeting, I make sure to have an agenda. I like knowing what is expected of me. Because I don’t like being caught off guard, I am constantly studying up — […]

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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Effect of Strength-Based Coping on Children’s Stress and Coping

From Australia:

“Strength-based parenting is an approach where parents deliberately identify and cultivate positive states, processes and qualities in their children,” Professor Waters said. “This style of parenting adds a ‘positive filter’ to the way a child reacts to stress. It also limits the likelihood of children using avoidance or aggressive coping responses.”

Stress typically arises […]

By |January 30th, 2017|Categories: Parents, Psychology, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Effect of Strength-Based Coping on Children’s Stress and Coping

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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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By |December 31st, 2016|Categories: Advocacy, Apps, Assessment, Careers, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyslexic Advantage Magazine, Education, Fluency, Parents, Premium, Premium Content, Reading, Research, Teachers|Tags: , |Comments Off on Issue 13 Dec 31 2016 Dyslexic Advantage Premium

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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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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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Teaching Bilingual ELL Students with Dyslexia in the General Classroom [Premium]

 Almost 1 out of every 10 students in  public school classrooms are English Language Learners (ELLs). Because dyslexia is also common throughout the world (10-15%), some ELL students are dyslexic. For ELLs, identifying dyslexia can be a complicated process, sorting out the effects of language exposure, bilingualism (or multilingualism), and vocabulary in the 2nd language. […]

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By |October 4th, 2016|Categories: dyslexia, ELLs, IEP, Parents, Premium, Premium Content, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Teaching Bilingual ELL Students with Dyslexia in the General Classroom [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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Dyslexic MIND Issue 7 – Dyslexic Advantage Premium

 It’s HERE!

The Dyslexic MIND Issue has exclusive articles, videos, and a webinar this month for Premium Members. Not a member? Go HERE.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Dyslexic MINDS Wired for Innovation
Exclusive Webinar – Unleash Writing with Dr. Nicole Swedberg
Ocean Explorer Robert Ballard
Dyslexia and IQ – What You Need to Know
Executive Function
Dyslexia and College Videos
Could Dyslexia and Dysgraphia […]

Thanks Moms – Happy Mother’s Day to All of You!

You know who you are – you’re the tireless supporter, the homework helper, positive psychologist, healer, cook, coach, career woman, event planner, social coordinator, facilities manager, and CEO. So many of the accomplished people with dyslexia that we talk about on this blog tell us that their mom believed in them before they believed […]

By |May 8th, 2016|Categories: Being Dyslexic, Famous People with Dyslexia, Parents|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Thanks Moms – Happy Mother’s Day to All of You!

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New Education Secretary Answers Dyslexia Questions in Congress

Newly minted Department of Education Secretary John King answered questions about Dyslexia with Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) at Capitol Hill. King states that states and school districts must ensure at the IEP level that the educational needs of dyslexic students are being specifically met. He mentions Orton-Gillingham and Wilson method specifically by name.

Hopefully this is […]

By |April 27th, 2016|Categories: Dyslexia Laws, Education, IEP, Parents, Reading, School|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on New Education Secretary Answers Dyslexia Questions in Congress

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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 […]

Dyslexia in 5 Minutes for Teachers [Premium]

 Watch this 5 minute video for teachers that covers dyslexia, its incidence, the intelligence of students, the discrepancy between fund of knowledge and ease of expression, why reading is hard for dyslexic students, the importance of multisensory learning, assistive technology, writing and spelling, memory and working memory, and math / dyscalculia.