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 […]

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 […]

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How a Dyslexic Author Wrote a NYTimes Bestseller about Joy

“…He explained that there is a Tibetan saying that it is the painful experiences that shine the light on the nature of happiness… The Archbishop added that that “nothing beautiful comes without some suffering,” and he mentioned how our muscles need resistance to grow. So it seems our spirit requires the same. The Archbishop […]

By |December 21st, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Dyslexic Advantages, Famous People with Dyslexia, Psychology, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on How a Dyslexic Author Wrote a NYTimes Bestseller about Joy

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Research: Classroom Culture Matters – Effects on Reading Performance [Premium]

In the latest issue of the Journal of Learning Disabilities, researchers from Harvard and Greece found that classroom culture, and in particular LD students’ perceptions of their classrooms motivational framework had sudden, significant, and unpredictable effects on reading performance and students’ emotional state. From the authors: “The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the […]

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By |November 5th, 2016|Categories: Education, Language Arts, Premium, Premium Content, Psychology, School, Social and Emotional, Teachers, Teaching|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Research: Classroom Culture Matters – Effects on Reading Performance [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 […]

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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 […]

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Dyslexia and IMPOSTER Syndrome [Premium]

“It’s only because they like me.”

“I just got lucky.”

“I just work hard.”

“If they really knew me…”

Recognize this? It’s a the voice of self-doubt, fear, and anxiety. It’s a feeling like you’re a fraud and that any time, you might be found out.

Imposter syndrome was first characterized in 1978 when Clance and Imes studied a […]

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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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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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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 – How to Thrive

“Self-esteem is not an internal quality fed by easy success and diminished by failure. It is a positive way of experiencing yourself when you are fully engaged and are using your ability to the utmost in pursuit of something of value.” – Dr. Carol Dweck, Stanford University, Mindfulness

“…to do poorly in school is evidence […]

66 Positive Things to Say To Your Child – Love This

Read and Say!  Great list of positive things to say to your child – dyslexic or not!

Thanks Pop Sugar.

For those who read by text to speech:

I’m grateful for you.
You make me proud.
Your words are meaningful.
You have great ideas.
I love being your parent.
You don’t have to be perfect to be great.
Your opinions matter.
You are important.
You […]

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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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Too Much Homework for Dyslexic Students

In one of the largest surveys of  Dyslexic school children across the United States to date (Dyslexia at School Survey, Dyslexic Advantage), an overwhelming majority (76%) reported that their public school students were routinely assigned work they couldn’t possibly complete.  1/2 of these students are in elementary school.

Nearly 500 survey respondents provided additional details:

“It […]

How to Become More Resilient

“Do you conceptualize an event as traumatic, or as an opportunity to learn and grow?…”

Resilience is a topic that’s one of our favorites because although people may temperamentally vary in how much they have of it, science shows that it is trainable, it helps people through difficult life challenges, and generally helps everyone lead […]

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