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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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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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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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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Understanding Processing Speed and Dyslexia

When families come together to discuss test scores, no group of scores surprises them as much as “Processing Speed.”

Processing Speed scores on psychometric exams might mean Coding and Symbol Search scores on the WISC intelligence exams or Visual Matching and Paired Cancellation on the Woodcock Johnson.

Processing Speed scores on these subtests are typically lower […]

Examples of Dysgraphia and Dyslexia – What to Look For [Premium]

After dyslexic students make progress in their ability to decode words, parents, teachers, and students themselves may begin to breathe a sigh of relief; however, another monster challenge may be looming on the horizon – the other D…. Dysgraphia.

The National Institutes of Health definition of Dysgraphia includes the following:

“Dysgraphia is a neurological disorder characterized […]

Top Back to School Apps for Dyslexia 2016 [Premium]

It’s Back to School – Check out Dyslexic Advantage’s Top Dyslexia Apps 2016 for kids, college, tutors, and grownups. A shout-out thanks to one of our supporters, Winsor Learning  for their simple to use Orton-Gillingham system. They make free reviews like this possible. Share your love by doing your back to school shopping at Dyslexic Advantage […]

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Dyspraxia and Harry Potter Star Daniel Radcliffe

As many as 50% of individuals with dyslexia have dyspraxia, although many of them won’t have heard the term. Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe  spoke about his dyspraxia which affects his ability to write by hand and tie shoelaces. He’s said part of the reason he became an actor was because his dyspraxia meant he […]

Dyslexia Journal Club – Spelling Strategies – What Does Research Say? [Premium]

In a recent paper from Montreal, research tested dyslexic students ages 9-11 to see which spelling strategies were more effective. The most common strategy children use to spell is phonological, whether they are  or aren’t dyslexic. The other common strategies children use for spelling are visuol-orthographic, analogy, and backup. The phonological strategy used phoneme-grapheme correspondence. […]

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By |July 18th, 2016|Categories: Language Arts, Premium, Premium Content, Spelling, Strategies, Teachers, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Dyslexia Journal Club – Spelling Strategies – What Does Research Say? [Premium]

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Unleash Dyslexic Writing with Dr. Nicole Swedberg [Premium]

In step-by-step fashion, learn how to unleash the dyslexic writing talent of students through Dr. Nicole Swedberg’s idea of Mini-Writes. The webinar is free for premium subscribers ($5 per month, cancel at any time). Dr. Nicole Swedberg has generously donated this 20-minute webinar on Teaching Writing to LD Kids as a fundraiser to support the […]

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By |June 16th, 2016|Categories: Dysgraphia, Dyslexic Advantages, Premium, Premium Content, Video, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Unleash Dyslexic Writing with Dr. Nicole Swedberg [Premium]

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Do We Need to Revoke the IEP? – School Q & A

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Why Students Hate to Write – A High School Teacher’s Reflections [Premium]

By |May 11th, 2016|Categories: Dysgraphia, Language Arts, Teachers, Writing|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Why Students Hate to Write – A High School Teacher’s Reflections [Premium]

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New Research – How Dyslexia Changes – Kids, Teens, and Young Adults [Premium]

With all of the advances in our understanding of early intervention, dyslexia in older students and young adults often gets short shrift.
The paper by Dr. Kathleen Niesen and colleagues has some interesting findings that have important points for identification, accommodations, and understanding of both the challenges and strengths of adolescents and young adults with dyslexia.

Importantly, […]

By |May 3rd, 2016|Categories: Assessment, Being Dyslexic, Education, Memory, Reading, Stealth Dyslexia, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on New Research – How Dyslexia Changes – Kids, Teens, and Young Adults [Premium]

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How to Help a Dyslexic Student in a General Education Classroom – Part I

From the Connecticut Longitudinal Study, up to 1 in 6 students are dyslexic, but only a minority of these students will be found in special education classrooms. What does this mean for regular classroom teachers?

1. Get Basic Facts about Dyslexia – Dyslexic students ARE in your classroom, although you may not have identified them and […]

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Test Accommodations for Students with Dyslexia Under the ADA – DOJ Statement

The Department of Justice has also released  video clarification of key rights for students regarding testing accommodations under the ADA or Americans with Disabilities Act.  The entire video is located at the bottom of this post, but we are highlighting a section that mentions dyslexia by name (starts at 3:29)

Exams are to be administered […]

By |February 26th, 2016|Categories: Accessibility, Accommodations, Advocacy, Being Dyslexic, Education, School, Technology, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Test Accommodations for Students with Dyslexia Under the ADA – DOJ Statement

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Dyslexia and the Multi-Talented Bella Thorne

Bella Thorne, one of Disney’s most famous stars, has been an outspoken advocate for dyslexia. Bella is an actress, singer, dancer, writer, and social activist. Bella is bilingual with mixed Cuban, Irish, and Italian heritage.

Bella was able to play a character for Disney that had dyslexia and now she also has written a series […]

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