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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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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What to Do If a Reading Curriculum Doesn’t Work [Premium]

It happens to everybody. You research a curriculum thoroughly or it gets through several levels of a review and then you put it into action and… it just doesn’t connect. What do you do? There are several common reasons why a curriculum doesn’t connect with a particular student – and so some trial and error and […]

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Executive Function: What Smart People Do Differently While Learning [Premium]

When researchers compared high IQ and average test subjects in a learning paradigm, the results were surprising.

In some areas high IQ individuals work less, as might be expected by the idea that higher IQ people have more efficient brains for learning tasks, but in other areas, high IQ brains were working harder.

When were high […]

By |June 3rd, 2016|Categories: Accommodations, Education, Learning, Memory, Premium, Premium Content, Social and Emotional, Teachers, Testing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Executive Function: What Smart People Do Differently While Learning [Premium]

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Shakespeare and Dyslexia – Making Words Physical [Premium]

Today is National Shakespeare Day, and dyslexia and Shakespeare have been on our minds. We recently mentioned that Lloyd Everitt (yes, he’s dyslexic) is the youngest actor to play Othello at Shakespeare’s own Globe Theater. But we’ve also been thinking about Shakespeare recently because, on our trip down to California, we had the pleasure of […]

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Dyslexia in 5 Minutes for Teachers [Premium]

 Watch this 5 minute video for teachers that covers dyslexia, its incidence, the intelligence of students, the discrepancy between fund of knowledge and ease of expression, why reading is hard for dyslexic students, the importance of multisensory learning, assistive technology, writing and spelling, memory and working memory, and math / dyscalculia.

The Truth About Multi-Tasking | Premium

Are you a good multi-tasker?  If you answered ‘yes’, scientists at Stanford might disagree with you. When university students tested in a multitasking experiment involving colored bars, the heavy media multitaskers were more likely to have trouble ignoring irrelevant stimuli.

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By |January 13th, 2016|Categories: Being Dyslexic, College, Memory, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on The Truth About Multi-Tasking | Premium

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Helping Severe Dyslexia – Part 2 Word Learning and Vocabulary

 In our previous post on Severe Dyslexia, we talked about 6 steps required to read:

1. Seeing
2. Visual Recognition of Words
3. Matching Letters and Words to Sounds – Phonemic Awareness
4. Matching Words to Word Meaning
5. Saying Words
6. Comprehending Text

In the premium material on that post, we talked about how different readers may have difficulty with the visual […]

By |December 18th, 2015|Categories: Being Dyslexic, Memory, Reading, Teachers|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Helping Severe Dyslexia – Part 2 Word Learning and Vocabulary

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Dyslexia and the Brain

Dyslexia and the Brain with Dr Fumiko Hoeft Associate Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UCSF. The Conference on Dyslexia and Talent was a landmark event that brought together from accomplished dyslexics from diverse fields, including a MacArthur Genius award winner, Pulitzer-prize winning poet, CEOs, artists, doctors, lawyers, and leaders in the dyslexia […]

Dyslexia Accommodations | First Days of School – What to Say

At the start of every term, students all over the world have to get  ready for the spiel they need to say to their teachers in order to get accommodations in place.

It seems especially tough to expect elementary school students to do the talking, but if a parent or friend help coaches, it can be  a positive experience […]

Cognitive Diversity and Dyslexia in Today’s Workplace

“…Traditional approaches to educating and selecting, and employing workers, have deprived our companies of many of those who are best equipped with the kind of skills and innovation and problem solving that are needed in places like Silicon Valley.”  – Dr Brock Eide, Co-Founder, Dyslexic Advantage

Listen to Brock’s Keynote Speech to Neurodiversity in the High Tech […]

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Dyslexia and Talent in the Family Father-Daughter Artists Michael and Elena Orwick

Quite commonly both dyslexia and talent run in the same family. We recently had the pleasure of talking to Michael and  precocious 10 year-old Elena Orwick, a father and daughter from Oregon who share both dyslexia and artistic sensibility. In fact, The duo have had the pleasure of sharing a few art gallery showings together […]

By |March 30th, 2015|Categories: creativity, Memory|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Dyslexia and Talent in the Family Father-Daughter Artists Michael and Elena Orwick

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Students with Dyslexia Solve Math Differently

Interesting finding from the brain research lab at Georgetown. “The brains of children with dyslexia rely on unusual strategies to solve certain kinds of math problems, researchers report in NeuroImage..(also HERE). Usually, people use regions on the right side of the brain to solve math problems that require a step-by-step process, such as subtraction and […]

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