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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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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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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 […]

By |February 2nd, 2017|Categories: ADD / ADHD, dyslexia, Reading, Research, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on ADHD and Dyslexia – Meds and Reading Intervention

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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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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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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 […]

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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Choosing the Right Reading Level Books for Students with Dyslexia

 It’s often told to parents that a “Five Finger Rule” can help you choose whether a book is at the right reading level for a student. The rule states that if a student misses five or more words, it may be too hard, no words and it might be too easy, and three words […]

By |October 7th, 2016|Categories: dyslexia, Language Arts, Learning, Reading, Research, Teachers, Teaching|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Choosing the Right Reading Level Books for Students with Dyslexia

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Critical Review of the Use of Strattera on Healthy Children with Dyslexia

In a controversial paper, Dr. Sally Shaywitz and colleagues at the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity and the Eli Lilly Pharmaceutical Company have authored a paper that examines the effect of the norephinephrine uptake inhibitor Atomoxetine (Strattera) on healthy children with Dyslexia (see below). The study looked at the effects of the drug […]

By |September 12th, 2016|Categories: Being Dyslexic, dyslexia, Medication, Reading, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Critical Review of the Use of Strattera on Healthy Children with Dyslexia

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Why It’s Hard to Proofread and Read Fluently

It can be maddening. You look and look you just don’t see it. Later you pass your work along, you see all the thing you hadn’t seen the first time round.

What’s going on ?  You’ve experienced a ‘trick’ of perception. In our clinic, when trying to explain the phenomenon to children, we often use […]

By |September 5th, 2016|Categories: Accommodations, Advocacy, Being Dyslexic, dyslexia, Research, Stealth Dyslexia, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Why It’s Hard to Proofread and Read Fluently

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STRONGER Interconnected Retelling of Stories by Dyslexic Children

 In a recent study, researchers found that children with dyslexia (2nd-5th graders) had a better ability to discuss links between a text read compared to fellow students who were at the same decoding level. This might be early evidence of the ‘big picture’ strengths that seems so common among accomplished dyslexic men and women.

“Children […]

By |August 26th, 2016|Categories: Being Dyslexic, Reading, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on STRONGER Interconnected Retelling of Stories by Dyslexic Children

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New Research: Dyslexia Gene and Auditory Processing [Premium]

New research from the University of Texas – Dallas, connects dyslexia with impaired auditory processing. Dr. Michael Kilgard: “We now have evidence that strongly suggests that people with dyslexia don’t actually hear all of the sounds they need to hear,” said Kilgard, who is the Margaret Fonde Jonsson Professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain […]

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By |July 9th, 2016|Categories: Being Dyslexic, dyslexia, Premium, Premium Content, Research|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on New Research: Dyslexia Gene and Auditory Processing [Premium]

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June Dyslexic Advantage Magazine

Check out our latest Dyslexic Advantage Magazine:
Highlights include Fathers, Visual Storyboarding with Film Director Scorsese, Visual Talent of Dyslexics, Math Insights, Encouraging Writing, Latest Research and News, and Free Resources for parents, teachers, and tutors.

We’ll attach the pdf file below, but because the digital magazine is interactive, it’s easier to watch with all the […]

Latest Research – Your Brain on Audiobooks [Premium]

 This is pretty cool research. When we listen to stories, we maybe transported to a different place and time, living in the heads of characters, and immersing ourselves in another world. What does that look like in our brains? We have a clearer answer now from brain researchers in the Netherlands, and besides seeing how […]

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By |May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Research|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Latest Research – Your Brain on Audiobooks [Premium]

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New Research: Brain Scans Predict Cognitive Performance

” This suggests that individual differences in many cognitive tasks are a stable trait marker.”

There’s a new Oxford research study circulating through scientific communities and around the world. From Science (Task-free MRI predicts individual differences in brain activity during task performance), Tavor and collegues applied machine-learning principles to test subjects in a “resting state” to see […]

By |May 13th, 2016|Categories: Brain, Research, Science, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on New Research: Brain Scans Predict Cognitive Performance

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