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 […]
Today, I had a great conversation with Jennifer Plosz, a math teacher currently at the University of Calgary School of Education who is also a talented visualization expert and is dyslexic.
She had recently been in touch with Dr. Manuel Casanova, the neuropathologist who made the interesting discovery that the minicolumn organization in the brain […]
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 […]
“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 […]
There are some dyslexic children who seem to be natural actors and actresses at early ages and their talent and imitating the gestures, voices, and personalities of others seems almost from birth. What are the strengths and talents that make so many dyslexic people talented actresses and actors? For some it may be emotional […]
“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 […]
For further discussion and debate, please visit our Facebook feed. Here is the exchange of Betsy DeVos and Senator Tim Kaine about the IDEA and accountability. The concern is that DeVos would leave all matters about IDEA and FAPE to the states – which would not help if states are ‘bad’ and not providing […]
What has Education Secretary nominee Betsy Devos said about Dyslexia in her Senate Confirmation Hearing? Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) specifically asked her about her positions regarding dyslexia. It looks promising – but of course early to tell…
For full confirmation hearing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRBNkMM0-pM
This exchange occurs around 1 hr 34 minutes.
Senator Cassidy as you may know has been […]
A. Depending on what kind of help you are seeking and where you live, there are many different types of resources available to help adults with dyslexia. In the United States, it’s been estimated that 3 out of 4 children are not being identified in school; among adults, that number is probably higher.
Should I Be […]
Here’s our 2017 snapshot of Passed Dyslexia Laws in the US. This is rapidly changing time for dyslexia legislation, so please update us with corrections, changes, or newly passed laws. Huge thanks to the Dyslexic Advantage Community, Decoding Dyslexia, and other leading dyslexia groups.
Only 13 states have no dyslexia laws on the books, but there’s […]
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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 […]
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 […]
“…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 […]
Breaking News Dyslexia: Improved College Board Guidelines for Test Accommodations – Starting Jan 1, 2017
New from the College Board:
“Beginning January 1, 2017, the vast majority of students who are approved for and using testing accommodations at their school through a current Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan will have those same accommodations automatically approved for taking the SAT®, PSAT™10, PSAT/NMSQT®, SAT Subject Tests™, and AP® Exams. Most private […]