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Effect of Strength-Based Coping on Children’s Stress and Coping

From Australia:

“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 […]

By |January 30th, 2017|Categories: Parents, Psychology, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Effect of Strength-Based Coping on Children’s Stress and Coping

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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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Steven Spielberg and Roald Dahl in BFG

Much to the delight of millions of people everywhere, Steven Spielberg brought Roald Dahl’s BFG to the movie screen. Spielberg has ‘come out’ about his dyslexia (see below) and he seems to be discussing it more and more when the topic comes up in interviews.

Of course, many believe Roald Dahl was himself dyslexic as one of […]

By |September 2nd, 2016|Categories: Being Dyslexic, Children's Books, Film|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Steven Spielberg and Roald Dahl in BFG

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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 […]

The Best Fonts for Dyslexia

With increasing awareness of the visual differences associated with dyslexia and the high incidence of dyslexia in the general population (15-20%), the world seems poised to change how they present print to dyslexic readers.

What fonts are best for dyslexic readers affects the overall readability of texts  and there for speed, accuracy and potentially persistence […]

Dyslexia and Speaking Difficulties in Children [Premium]

“Two years after starting school, 1/3 of children who had experienced articulatory problems or whose language acquisition had been delayed were significantly behind in reading and spelling. By contrast, only one of twenty children  in the control situation were behind.” – Dr. Marcel Just, Dyslexia Characteristics and Causes

Although dyslexia is quite common (up to […]

Life Hacks for Dyslexia

Patience, Focus, Extra-time, External Review
• Force myself to spend that extra time on making text better, pass after pass, correcting mistakes and reworking things.
• Have someone review what I’ve written…
• Read emails to myself out loud which forces me to read slower and not skip words or read them in the wrong order.

Switching to […]

Dyslexic Advantage Halloween Creativity Contest

Because of the well-established link between dyslexia and creativity, Dyslexic Advantage is celebrating Dyslexia Awareness Month with a creative Halloween-themed contest. Please share your costumes, artwork, and spooky inventions! Prizes will include small gifts, children’s choices from the Dyslexic Advantage store, and free one-year Premium Subscriptions to the Dyslexic Advantage blog. Winners will be chosen […]

By |October 20th, 2015|Categories: Being Dyslexic, creativity, M Strengths|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Dyslexic Advantage Halloween Creativity Contest

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Reading Picture Books Aloud for Better Vocabulary

Reading picture books aloud to children has 2-3x higher likelihood of introducing new vocabulary words according to Dominic Massaro, Professor at University of California Santa Cruz.

From Edsource (HT: DD-CO)

“We talk with a lazy tongue,” Massaro said. “We tend to point at something or use a pronoun and the context tells you what it is. We […]

Dyslexia in America

Thanks to Matthew Badger and our friends at Lily, Sarah, Grace for this new video entitled American Dyslexia.

“Then the case manager goes, ‘That’s a medical issue. And then you’re sitting there as a parent…I’m in a Bugs Bunny cartoon…”
For more, please read The Problem with Schools Not Identifying Dyslexia.

It’s important that the greater dyslexia community […]

Strength-Based Parenting Reduces Children’s Stress

In a recent publication for researchers in Australia, psychologist found that strength-based parenting practices, like motivating “children to explore new situations, including stressful situations, through their strengths..adds a ‘positive filter’ to the way a child reacts to stress, meaning that they are likely to reap the benefits of positive stress, such as skill development […]

By |May 27th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Strength-Based Parenting Reduces Children’s Stress

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Hobbies of Dyslexic Children Part 2

We wanted to make sure everyone saw the wonderful examples of ‘career foreshadowing’ you all submitted to the blog How Hobbies of Dyslexic Children Can Point to Adult Careers. Here a few great ones:

Adult Occupation                              Childhood Hobby

Teacher/Drama Teacher                 Playing with dolls/directing […]

Fixing Or Building? Parents Of Dyslexic Children Respond

In this post we’ll discuss two especially interesting findings from the recent “Fixing Weaknesses versus Discovering and Building Strengths” survey relating to parents.

Dyslexic Parents View Sources Of Success Differently For Themselves And Others

First, we were intrigued by a difference we observed in the responses of dyslexic adults about ‘fixing challenges’ versus ‘developing strengths’ in the Adult […]

Fixing Weaknesses Or Building Strengths–Part I: Overview

The results of our survey are in, and there’s lots to share! This post will be an overview.

Let us start by saying, “Thank you!” All told you provided over 900 responses in under 2 days! With this kind of involvement we can truly do great things together in crowdsourcing dyslexia!

In this post, we’ll give an overview […]

By |April 23rd, 2015|Categories: Advocacy, Being Dyslexic, Teachers|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Fixing Weaknesses Or Building Strengths–Part I: Overview

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How Hobbies of Dyslexic Children Can Point To Adult Careers

Over the next several weeks we’ll be sending out surveys on MIND Strengths in kids and adults. We’ll need your help to make this research a success, and  to whet your appetite we offer this post.
MIND strengths often reveal themselves in different, and more subtle, ways in dyslexic children than dyslexic adults. For some adult […]

Dyslexia, Development, and Chinese Bamboo

Here’s one of our favorite stories. It’s a perfect metaphor for the late blooming pattern of development that is characteristic of dyslexic people. It’s been told many times and in many ways. Here’s our version.

Long ago in China, a father saw his son sitting silently on a stool, hanging his head in dejection.

“Why so low?” […]