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SCIENCE: THE BALANCING ACT OF LITERACY

Dr. Stanislaus Dehaene is a French researcher who has authored Reading and the Brain. He and his research team conducted some interesting investigations into Portuguese and Brazilian adults who they classified into 3 groups: unschooled adults (referred to as ‘illiterate’), adult-onset readers (‘ex-illiterate’), or schooled child-onset readers (‘literate’).

What the researchers found was that people […]

By |August 23rd, 2017|Categories: dyslexia, Education, Learning, Memory, Reading, Research, Strategies, Testing|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on SCIENCE: THE BALANCING ACT OF LITERACY

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Let Them Listen – Audiobooks and Dyslexia

 Let Them Listen!
“The objective of the present research study was to understand what benefits the use of audiobooks (both school-books and books of various genres, recorded on digital media) could bring to preadolescents and adolescents with developmental dyslexia. Two groups, each consisting of 20 adolescents, were compared. The experimental group used the audiobooks, while […]

ADHD and Dyslexia – Meds and Reading Intervention

From Toronto:

“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 […]

By |February 2nd, 2017|Categories: ADD / ADHD, dyslexia, Reading, Research, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on ADHD and Dyslexia – Meds and Reading Intervention

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Latest Research: Dyslexia, Sequential Memory, and Seeing the Big Picture (Free with Premium Extras)

 “My mind doesn’t work like a train track. It’s more like a web page with lots of hyperlinks.” – dyslexic honors college student.

It’s refreshing to see that more researchers take an interest on dyslexia beyond reading. In this recent paper from Belgium and Missouri, the challenges of remembering sequential information  for dyslexics and non-dyslexics was […]

By |November 14th, 2016|Categories: ADD / ADHD, Brain, Executive Function, Learning, Memory, Modifications, Sequencing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Latest Research: Dyslexia, Sequential Memory, and Seeing the Big Picture (Free with Premium Extras)

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The Fight over Rote Math

 If you think you’ve been hearing conflicting information about rote math in the news or from schools, you’re absolutely right. The fight is spilling over into educational policy makers and makers of standardized tests such as the College Board. For dyslexic and dyscalculic students the risk is of being caught in the middle.

This past […]

Choosing the Right Reading Level Books for Students with Dyslexia

 It’s often told to parents that a “Five Finger Rule” can help you choose whether a book is at the right reading level for a student. The rule states that if a student misses five or more words, it may be too hard, no words and it might be too easy, and three words […]

By |October 7th, 2016|Categories: dyslexia, Language Arts, Learning, Reading, Research, Teachers, Teaching|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Choosing the Right Reading Level Books for Students with Dyslexia

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Sorting Out the Differences Between Dyslexia and ADD / ADHD [Premium]

On one level, Dyslexia and ADD / ADHD would seem quite different, but in reality, we are only at the beginning of our understanding of how the two might overlap and be different.

Both Dyslexia and ADD / ADHD were initially characterized by their negatives – Dyslexia by difficulty learning to read, and ADD / ADHD […]

By |September 20th, 2016|Categories: Accommodations, ADD / ADHD, Assessment, Attention, dyslexia, Medication, Psychology, Teachers|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Sorting Out the Differences Between Dyslexia and ADD / ADHD [Premium]

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Critical Review of the Use of Strattera on Healthy Children with Dyslexia

In a controversial paper, Dr. Sally Shaywitz and colleagues at the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity and the Eli Lilly Pharmaceutical Company have authored a paper that examines the effect of the norephinephrine uptake inhibitor Atomoxetine (Strattera) on healthy children with Dyslexia (see below). The study looked at the effects of the drug […]

By |September 12th, 2016|Categories: Being Dyslexic, dyslexia, Medication, Reading, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Critical Review of the Use of Strattera on Healthy Children with Dyslexia

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Q & A: Can Someone Be Both Dyslexic and Autistic ? [Premium]

QUESTION: Is it Possible to Have Both Dyslexia and Autism?

The short answer is yes, but it’s likely not very common and in general many of the features of dyslexia and autism are opposite. By strict criteria, low IQ and autism are excluded from the diagnosis of dyslexia. However, it is not difficult to speculate […]

By |September 6th, 2016|Categories: Advocacy, Autism, Being Dyslexic, Brain, Dysgraphia, dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Gifted|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Q & A: Can Someone Be Both Dyslexic and Autistic ? [Premium]

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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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Math Journal Club: Strategic Instruction for Fractions

This past week, researchers published an interesting study that suggested that students should receive explicit instructions about why certain approaches are chosen for certain types of math programs. As it turns out, studies of  strategic math instruction seems to especially benefit students with “learning disabilities.”

This approach should be valuable to students with dyslexia because rather than […]

By |August 30th, 2016|Categories: Dyscalculia, dyslexia, Math, RTI, Strategies, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Math Journal Club: Strategic Instruction for Fractions

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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 […]

By |August 26th, 2016|Categories: Being Dyslexic, Reading, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on STRONGER Interconnected Retelling of Stories by Dyslexic Children

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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 […]

Harvard Genetics Professor George Church on Dyslexia and Failing

“If you’re not failing, You’re probably not trying as hard as you could be.” – Dyslexic Harvard Genetics Professor George Church

From Harvard’s Gazette:

Church had an erratic path through higher education like many dyslexic students, but his path shows a lot of ingenuity, passion, and dogged persistence in spite of not learning to read well.

As […]

By |July 28th, 2016|Categories: Being Dyslexic, creativity, Science|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Harvard Genetics Professor George Church on Dyslexia and Failing

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Dyslexia Journal Club – Spelling Strategies – What Does Research Say? [Premium]

In a recent paper from Montreal, research tested dyslexic students ages 9-11 to see which spelling strategies were more effective. The most common strategy children use to spell is phonological, whether they are  or aren’t dyslexic. The other common strategies children use for spelling are visuol-orthographic, analogy, and backup. The phonological strategy used phoneme-grapheme correspondence. […]

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By |July 18th, 2016|Categories: Language Arts, Premium, Premium Content, Spelling, Strategies, Teachers, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Dyslexia Journal Club – Spelling Strategies – What Does Research Say? [Premium]

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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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