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What’s the Most Stressful Time for Dyslexic Students?

 

ANSWER: Grades 3-5 in Elementary School.

If we know this, are we doing everything we can to help students emotionally and socially in these grades?

There are many pressures that converge on the 3-5th grade (see The 3rd Grade Wall), and developmentally, it is a time when children are trying to develop competencies. It is also a […]

By |March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Being Dyslexic, dyslexia, Education, Parents, Psychology, Social and Emotional, Teachers, Teaching|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on What’s the Most Stressful Time for Dyslexic Students?

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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 […]

World Says Goodbye to Sports Legend Muhammad Ali

“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it—then I can achieve it.” – Muhammad Ali

One of the world’s greatest sporting figures, Muhammad Ali passed away on Friday.  He was the world’s  only 3x heavyweight boxing champion and Olympic Gold Medalist.  He had a record 56 wins – 5 losses and became […]

By |June 5th, 2016|Categories: Being Dyslexic, Famous People with Dyslexia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on World Says Goodbye to Sports Legend Muhammad Ali

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Are Standardized Tests Making Kids Anxious? [Free with Premium Extras]

Florida Department of Education just released results of their Florida Standards Assessment  or FSA Test. 46% of all of the public school children who took the test were below standard and 20% are at risk for being held back in the 3rd grade.

What are these tests that can force 3rd graders to repeat a […]

By |May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Accommodations, Advocacy, Assessment, Language Arts, Testing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Are Standardized Tests Making Kids Anxious? [Free with Premium Extras]

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Dyslexia = Grit

A Penn Professor’s book is currently winging its way around the Internet: Grit – the Power of Passion and Perseverance – with its talented author Angela Duckworth making the rounds around popular media outlets.

With interest, I looked clicked on a link to a popular post where Dr. Duckworth was giving her Hard Thing Rules advice to […]

Help Wanted – Socio-Emotional Questionnaire for Reading and Dyslexia

Lets all help Fumiko Hoeft (and her colleague Stephanie Haft) a at UCSF with this Socio-Emotional Questionnaire for Reading and Dyslexia

20 Minute Survey!

* Typical or Dyslexic reader, young or old, we welcome all who can participate!
* All responses are anonymous. Contact Stephanie.Haft@ucsf.edu with any questions.
* TO PARTICIPATE: Click HERE or copy and paste this link […]

By |April 25th, 2016|Categories: Reading, Research, Social and Emotional|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Help Wanted – Socio-Emotional Questionnaire for Reading and Dyslexia

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Dyslexia – How to Thrive

“Self-esteem is not an internal quality fed by easy success and diminished by failure. It is a positive way of experiencing yourself when you are fully engaged and are using your ability to the utmost in pursuit of something of value.” – Dr. Carol Dweck, Stanford University, Mindfulness

“…to do poorly in school is evidence […]

66 Positive Things to Say To Your Child – Love This

Read and Say!  Great list of positive things to say to your child – dyslexic or not!

Thanks Pop Sugar.

For those who read by text to speech:

I’m grateful for you.
You make me proud.
Your words are meaningful.
You have great ideas.
I love being your parent.
You don’t have to be perfect to be great.
Your opinions matter.
You are important.
You […]

By |March 28th, 2016|Categories: Parents, Psychology, Social and Emotional|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on 66 Positive Things to Say To Your Child – Love This

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10 Min Research Request – Social and Emotional Measure for Dyslexia – UCSF

Call for Volunteers! One of favorite neuroscientists, Dr. Fumiko Hoeft and her associate, Stephanie Haft are interested in developing a social and emotional measure affecting individuals with dyslexia. This is an important issue to study. Adults and children (with parents permission and / or help) are invited to respond. Thanks for your help!!!!

Take their […]

By |March 16th, 2016|Categories: Research|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on 10 Min Research Request – Social and Emotional Measure for Dyslexia – UCSF

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How to Become More Resilient

“Do you conceptualize an event as traumatic, or as an opportunity to learn and grow?…”

Resilience is a topic that’s one of our favorites because although people may temperamentally vary in how much they have of it, science shows that it is trainable, it helps people through difficult life challenges, and generally helps everyone lead […]

By |February 22nd, 2016|Categories: Psychology, Social and Emotional|Tags: , , |Comments Off on How to Become More Resilient

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Dyslexic Advantage Newsletter February 2016

NEWSLETTER CONTENTS – Click on Link to Read in Newsletter  (pdf below to download)

New ADA Guidelines, Free Teacher Stuff (Math Bar Models for Place Value and More, Top Dyslexia App One Note), February Premium Magazine Preview, Mark Ruffalo Avengers Incredible Hulk – “I am Dyslexic”, Dyslexia Empathy, Wildlife – Ben Kilham and His Black Bears, MIT Media Lab Inventor: Nicholas […]

Congrats – Dyslexia and Space Pioneer David McComas Named to Princeton Physics

Congratulations to Space Pioneer and Dyslexic Advantage Board member Dr. David McComas on his being named yesterday Vice President to the prestigious Princeton Plasma Physics laboratory. He will also be a Professor of Astrophysics at Princeton University.

Dave has had a remarkable journey from being dubbed “slow” as a 4th grader who had struggled to read, […]

She Judged People for Spelling and Grammar Until This Changed Her Mind

“I admit it; I used to judge people when they made spelling or grammatical errors. I’d think to myself, “Did no one ever teach you the difference between their, they’re, and there?…Do you not get it, or are you just too lazy to proofread your work?…

Then, a couple years ago, I found out my intelligent, […]

By |February 8th, 2016|Categories: Social and Emotional|Tags: , , |Comments Off on She Judged People for Spelling and Grammar Until This Changed Her Mind

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My Teacher Shamed a Dyslexic and Illiterate Me. Now I’m An Author.

“As a child, I wasn’t taught the importance of an education, let alone how to use an adjective. I lived in the projects, and it smelled of despair. The only way out was by playing professional ball or hustling….That’s far from my life today. My belly now hungers for the verbs and the adjectives, […]

Teaching Math – No Need for Speed

Math Teaching: What do teachers need to know about teaching math? Strategy over speed, and math thinking over rote memorization. Check out Stanford professor Dr Jo Boaler tips from her new article, Speed and Time Pressure Block Working Memory.

“I was always deeply uncertain about my own intellectual capacity; I thought I was unintelligent. And it […]

My Dyslexia – Actor Screenwriter Justin Theroux

“I think we need to tell stories that reflect our world.” – Justin Theroux

Justin Theroux is an actor, director, and Hollywood screenwriter of top grossing movies such as Iron Man 2 and Rock of Ages to his credit. He is also dyslexic and talking about it along with his fellow multi-talented actress, producer, businesswoman wife, Jennifer […]

By |October 27th, 2015|Categories: Being Dyslexic, creativity, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on My Dyslexia – Actor Screenwriter Justin Theroux

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