A CHAT WITH MATH AND VISUALIZATION EXPERT JENNIFER PLOSZ

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 […]

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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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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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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Teaching Science to Students with Dyslexia – Middle School [Premium]

Adolescents are at a stage of development when they need to be in an environment where they can experience independence, growth, cooperation, and creativity; however, the typical middle school provides an environment that stresses competition, grades, relative ability, and rote memorization.” – From The Middle School Experience: Effects on the Math and Science Achievements of […]

New Research: Dyslexia Gene and Auditory Processing [Premium]

New research from the University of Texas – Dallas, connects dyslexia with impaired auditory processing. Dr. Michael Kilgard: “We now have evidence that strongly suggests that people with dyslexia don’t actually hear all of the sounds they need to hear,” said Kilgard, who is the Margaret Fonde Jonsson Professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain […]

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By |July 9th, 2016|Categories: Being Dyslexic, dyslexia, Premium, Premium Content, Research|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on New Research: Dyslexia Gene and Auditory Processing [Premium]

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Individual Differences: How Do You Remember ? [Premium]

How do you remember what happened?  As depersonalized facts and happenings? Or detailed sensory scenes and experiences?

In one of the clearest demonstrations studies so far, researchers showed striking differences between how different people told them how they remembered and brain connectivity patterns.

The research is relevant to everyone, of course, whether parents, teachers, or team leaders.

From Science Daily,

“For […]

By |July 8th, 2016|Categories: Being Dyslexic, Memory, Science|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Individual Differences: How Do You Remember ? [Premium]

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Forbes Interviews Dyslexic BioTeam Tech CEO Stan Gloss

Congrats to Dyslexic Advantage member and supporter CEO Stan Gloss who through sheer grit and determination and dyslexic smarts went from being fired to successful CEO of a $3.6 million dollar bioinformatics company (Bioteam). Bioteam client list is impressive: Harvard University’s Bauer Center for Genomics Research, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and more recently Google […]

By |June 30th, 2016|Categories: Being Dyslexic, Careers, Dyslexic Advantages, Entrepreneur, MIND strengths|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Forbes Interviews Dyslexic BioTeam Tech CEO Stan Gloss

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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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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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The Beauty of Guessing

I’ve been away from the blog a bit because we’re finishing articles for our Premium magazine this month and I’ve been buried in articles about visual spatial learning and preferred learning strategies of boys.

Now I know that it’s pretty common for the practice of ‘guessing’ to get a pretty bad rap in the context […]

By |May 26th, 2016|Categories: Education, Math, Teachers|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on The Beauty of Guessing

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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 |May 18th, 2016|Categories: Being Dyslexic, creativity, Science|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Harvard Genetics Professor George Church on Dyslexia and Failing

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New Research: Brain Scans Predict Cognitive Performance

” This suggests that individual differences in many cognitive tasks are a stable trait marker.”

There’s a new Oxford research study circulating through scientific communities and around the world. From Science (Task-free MRI predicts individual differences in brain activity during task performance), Tavor and collegues applied machine-learning principles to test subjects in a “resting state” to see […]

By |May 13th, 2016|Categories: Brain, Research, Science, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on New Research: Brain Scans Predict Cognitive Performance

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Dyslexic Advantage Kids – Dinosaurs and Jack Horner

Dyslexic Advantage is happy to share with you our first Dyslexic Advantage Kids magazine in honor of dyslexic paleontologist Jack Horner, MacArthur Genius awardee who credits his dyslexia with giving him the creativity and imagination to revolutionize what we know about dinosaurs today.

After more than 30 amazing years at the Museum of the Rockies, […]

By |May 12th, 2016|Categories: Being Dyslexic, creativity, D Strengths, I Strengths, M Strengths, MIND strengths, N Strengths|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Dyslexic Advantage Kids – Dinosaurs and Jack Horner

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