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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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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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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Dyslexia and Multisensory Learning [Premium]

“I myself am a very poor visualizer, and find that I can seldom call to mind even a single letter of the alphabet in purely retinal terms. I must trace the letter by running my mental eye over its contour in order that the image of it shall have any distinctness at all.    – […]

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Dyslexia and Foreign Language Learning – Premium Extras

 “…reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in foreign languages are all significantly affected by weaknesses in linguistic coding skills even when the native language has been been well-mastered…” – Elike Schneider and Margaret Crombie in Dyslexia and Foreign Language Learning

Because of the significant challenges that dyslexic individuals face with the matching sounds and letters […]

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Dyslexia in the General Classroom – YOU DECIDE : 2nd Grader and Reading [Premium]

YOU are a 2nd-grade teacher in a busy public school classroom. You just learned that Teddy, a student in your class has been tested and found to be dyslexic.  Teddy already gets pull-out instruction with multisensory learning to help him read. What can you do to help Teddy make more progress in reading? ************   […]

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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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Response to Intervention RTI Hurts Students with Dyslexia

RTI or Response To Intervention is currently the dominant approach to reading instruction in public schools across the United States (over 70% of school districts), but in a just-released progress report funded by the Department of Education from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), there’s a big problem…it doesn’t work.

RTI was supported by vocal […]

This is Your Brain on Phonics – fMRI and Dyslexia [Premium Subscription]

One of the greatest neuromyths about dyslexia is that it’s just about reading. Kudos to the Gabrieli lab (and many others) who are unraveling the differences that exist between dyslexic and non-dyslexic children because the science can inform us about what we may need to do as teachers and tutors. In the following article, […]

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 […]

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Research: Huh? Seeing But Not Hearing – Inattentional Deafness with Visual Overload

“Look at me. Look at me. Look at me NOW!”  – The Cat in the Hat

Scientists at the University College London report that healthy adult subjects (ages 18-43) showed “inattention deafness” when they were required to do a visually demanding task like looking for letters. Vision and hearing, it seems share a certain amount […]

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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 […]

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Teaching Social Studies Through Dyslexic Strengths

Enjoy a fantastic webinar with attorney, instructor, dyslexia tutor and mom Leila Leoncavallo.

Leila tells us how she uses dyslexic students’ strengths in problem solving, storytelling, and multi sensory memory to make Social Studies memorable and life changing.

Download Leila’s handouts at the link below. To learn more educational strategies that build on dyslexic students’ strengths, […]

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