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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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This Secondary School Developed a Comprehensive Plan to Help All DYSLEXIC Students

Here’s one remarkable school decided to go ‘all in’ to help a dyslexic high school student who seemed to be slipping away. Matthew was a rising 10th grader at a non-selective high school. The majority of students at the school were described as being of low socioeconomic status with some 40% of students identifed […]

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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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 YOU CAN LEARN FROM A CHILD’S WRITING [Premium]

There are many skills that are required to write by hand. Besides having an idea and being able to organize it into words, there’s remembering the motor, kinesthetic, and visual sequences of letters and words and being able to discern similar and dissimilar sounds (auditory processing, phonemic awareness). No wonder it’s hard to write! What […]

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By |February 28th, 2017|Categories: Accommodations, Apps, Assessment, Dysgraphia, Strategies, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on WHAT YOU CAN LEARN FROM A CHILD’S WRITING [Premium]

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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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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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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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Dyslexic Advantage Premium Magazine Issue 12

Dyslexic Advantage Premium Issue 12 Dyslexia: The TWenty-Something Years How I Got My Job: Non-Profit Executive Director Research: Effect of Classroom Culture on Reading Performance Bridging the Gap: Reading Long Words Dyslexia: Sequential vs. Spatial Teaching Geography, Earth, Ocean, and climate Science to Dyslexic STudents Memory: Why Drill Can Kill and What to Do Instead […]

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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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Memory: Why Drill Can Kill – and What to Do Instead [Premium]

It would almost seem without question that repetition should be helpful for learning, but researchers have found that if  repetitions are too much and too long (longer than 10 seconds in one paradigm), further repetition caused poorer memory and word retrieval rather than better! From one of the papers below: “Both Experiments 1 and 2 demonstrated a […]

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By |November 9th, 2016|Categories: Brain, Math, Strategies, Teachers, Teaching|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Memory: Why Drill Can Kill – and What to Do Instead [Premium]

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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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Dyslexic Advantage Premium – Issue 11 Organizing Creativity

 Premium Issue 11 October 29, 2016 Organizing Creativity, Stealth Dyslexia, Dyslexia and Self Image, Memorizing for School, What Worked for 2E Gifted Dyslexics, Art Therapy for Dysgraphia, Hands-On Math for Fractions, More Interactive Reading Strategies, Mastering Foreign Languages and More This issue has memory strategies that seem to be helpful for a majority of dyslexic folk […]

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How to Read to Kids with Dyslexia – Reading As a Conversation

 There are many good ways to read to children with dyslexia. In this post, we wanted to talk share an approach that some have called “dialogic” or like a dialogue.

A dialogue is a back and forth conversation, and that is exactly how this style of reading goes. Rather than having a parent or teacher […]

By |October 11th, 2016|Categories: dyslexia, Education, ELLs, Fluency, Language Arts, Reading, Strategies, Teachers, Teaching|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on How to Read to Kids with Dyslexia – Reading As a Conversation

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Teaching Chemistry to Students with Dyslexia [Premium]

 Although high school Chemistry is required for many of the top 4 year liberal arts colleges and college Chemistry is a necessary requirement for many majors and careers that many dyslexic students excel in like engineering or medicine, there is a surprising lack of resources available to students having their first encounter with chemistry […]