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 […]

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 […]

Teaching Science to Students with Dyslexia – Middle School [Premium]

Adolescents are at a stage of development when they need to be in an environment where they can experience independence, growth, cooperation, and creativity; however, the typical middle school provides an environment that stresses competition, grades, relative ability, and rote memorization.” – From The Middle School Experience: Effects on the Math and Science Achievements of […]

Dyslexia at Middle School [Premium]

 Middle school is hard. It’s not elementary school any more. There’s more students, more classes and teachers, increased pressure to self-advocate and perform (i.e. make decent grades) while showing greater independence and self-sufficiency. Add to that, a perfect storm of puberty and social instability. One study of 410 7th graders found that just 1 percent […]

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Reading Fluency: What is Timed Guided Repeated Reading and Why Should Students Do It?

In a recent report in the Journal of Learning Disabilities, Lee and Yoon reported that repeated reading had significant beneficial effects on the reading fluency of students with a reading disability. Listening to the passage first increased the benefit.

Excerpt: “Reading the passage at least four times increased reading fluency more than two to three […]

Top Back to School Apps for Dyslexia 2016

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 […]

Children’s Books Featuring Positive Characters with Dyslexia

CLOSE TO FAMOUS

Newbery Honor winner. When twelve-year-old Foster and her mother land in the tiny town of Culpepper, they don’t know what to expect. But folks quickly warm to the woman with the great voice and the girl who can bake like nobody’s business. Soon Foster – who dreams of having her own cooking show […]

Thriving: Pick Classes Like a Pro [Premium]

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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 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 […]

States Fall Short on First Professional Teacher Trainings for Dyslexia

So it’s begun: states like South Carolina have begun making their first professional development for teachers explaining what dyslexia is and how teachers can meet their needs of the students in their classrooms. It’s a start.

However, if you look at the modules (see below), you’ll understand how little teachers may be prepared to meet […]

New US ADHD Guidelines from Department of Education OCR – Schools

 In breaking news, the US Department of Education and Office for Civil Rights have released their a letter from Asst Secretary Catherine Lhamon and its Students with ADHD and Section 504 Resource Guide HERE. For your convenience, we also include them below  – including a highlighted version which spotlights key passages for parents and […]

Q: Can I Join the Military if I Have Dyslexia? Do Accommodations and the ADA Apply to the ASVAB ?

 This question comes up often. Many people know that accomplished military dyslexic people (General George Patton, Commander Joseph Hoar [Commander in Chief of US Central Command], among others)  have served their country in all branches of the military – including Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard, however, there are conflicting regulations and […]

Q: Can I Be Software Developer with Dyslexia ? A: YES!

This question comes up surprisingly often, although dyslexic computer programmers or software developers are probably on every team and startup.

Some of the big picture reasons dyslexics made do well in programming:

Strong Problem Solving
Systems Thinking – Big Picture
Flexible Thinking
Analytical and Logical

But for the details of why dyslexics do well in software development, lets […]

Tips for Supporting a Student with Dyscalculia – Steve Chinn

Thanks Steve Chinn of Maths Explained for this post.

Steve also has several books with practical strategies to help with math and dyscalculia. There’s The Trouble with Maths and an eagerly awaited Mathematics for Dyslexics and Dyscalculics – 4th Edition which is now available on pre-order! Thanks, Steve!

Tip 1. Watch and listen.

Tip 2. Be empathetic (especially […]

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