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WHAT YOU CAN LEARN FROM A CHILD’S WRITING [Premium]

There are many skills that are required to write by hand. Besides having an idea and being able to organize it into words, there’s remembering the motor, kinesthetic, and visual sequences of letters and words and being able to discern similar and dissimilar sounds (auditory processing, phonemic awareness). No wonder it’s hard to write! What […]

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By |February 28th, 2017|Categories: Accommodations, Apps, Assessment, Dysgraphia, Strategies, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on WHAT YOU CAN LEARN FROM A CHILD’S WRITING [Premium]

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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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Latest Research: Repetition As a Poor Way to Teach Dyslexics [Premium]

In groundbreaking research, researchers at MIT or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reported that dyslexic children and adults have “a diminished ability to acclimate to a repeated input in their paper titled “Dysfunction of Rapid Neural Adaption in Dyslexia.” Like many research papers, dyslexia is seen through a negative lens (‘dysfunction’) and the take-home points […]

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Question: Does Note-Taking with Spellcheck Help or Hinder Students with Dyslexia ? [Premium]

 It’s a question that arises commonly – does spellchecking for students help or hinder when it comes to students and spelling? The concern is that allowing students to use spellcheck on a regular basis in the long run may prevent them learning correct spellings. Should age matter or the presence of dyslexia? What about working […]

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By |October 3rd, 2016|Categories: Accommodations, ADD / ADHD, Dysgraphia, dyslexia, Premium, Premium Content, Spelling, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Question: Does Note-Taking with Spellcheck Help or Hinder Students with Dyslexia ? [Premium]

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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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Can Gifted Kids with Dyslexia Fly at School? – When Tests and Schools Fall Short [Premium]

I recently came across Bobby Gilman’s article on the critical issues facing twice-exceptional or Gifted LD students at school. It’s an ambitious paper for sure, but provides a solid big picture view of the challenges that 2E students face in their pursuit of an appropriate education. The challenges include states drastically scaling back services for students […]

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By |June 6th, 2016|Categories: Assessment, Dysgraphia, Psychology, RTI, Stealth Dyslexia, Teachers, Testing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Can Gifted Kids with Dyslexia Fly at School? – When Tests and Schools Fall Short [Premium]

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New Research – How Dyslexia Changes – Kids, Teens, and Young Adults [Premium]

With all of the advances in our understanding of early intervention, dyslexia in older students and young adults often gets short shrift.
The paper by Dr. Kathleen Niesen and colleagues has some interesting findings that have important points for identification, accommodations, and understanding of both the challenges and strengths of adolescents and young adults with dyslexia.

Importantly, […]

By |May 3rd, 2016|Categories: Assessment, Being Dyslexic, Education, Memory, Reading, Stealth Dyslexia, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on New Research – How Dyslexia Changes – Kids, Teens, and Young Adults [Premium]

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Latest Research: Advances in our Understanding of Dyslexia, ADHD, and Giftedness [Premium]

It’s long been known that Dyslexia and ADD / ADHD have high rates of overlaps or “co-morbidities”. Dyslexia and ADHD co-occur 30-50% of the time (Germano, 2010) and only 40% of children with dyslexia and 20% of children with ADD/ADHD have it in isolation (Wilcutt and Pennington, 2000).

Science has progressed on many fronts over […]

By |April 7th, 2016|Categories: Being Dyslexic, College, Dysgraphia, Education, Premium, Premium Content, Reading, Stealth Dyslexia, Teachers|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Latest Research: Advances in our Understanding of Dyslexia, ADHD, and Giftedness [Premium]

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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.

Breaking Research : Dyslexia in Adolescents and Adults [Premium]

An important paper was published this month from the University of Washington, entitled “Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Assessment for Dyslexia in Adolescents and Young Adults.” The paper is especially important guiding testing professionals who assess teens and adults for dyslexia or see gifted or twice-exceptional students. This paper also takes a more systematic look at the […]

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Top Dyslexia App 2016: Grammarly

Congratulations to Grammarly, a free-premium software that adds directly onto the Safari, Chrome, and the Firefox browser and can be downloaded HERE. I’ve been using it on my Mac and it’s already caught a number of errors.

If you use Microsoft Word or Outlook on Windows, install Grammarly for MS Office here.

This app is great […]

By |February 16th, 2016|Categories: College, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Top Dyslexia App 2016: Grammarly

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Visual Spelling Strategy for Students with Dyslexia

Nice video example of how to teach spelling using color coding, visual clues for breaking down words into smaller parts, and picture images.

Excerpt: “Most dyslexics have problems with reading and spelling, specifically with phonics , decoding words and remembering how to spell them. But for many, visual aids are extremely important in all aspects […]

How Spelling Keeps Kids from Learning – Atlantic

“The amount of time and energy devoted to learning to read and write could have been spent learning other things…”

A nice reminder from The Atlantic about how hard the English language is to read and write. It’s easy for many to forget that the nature of English language today makes it much hard than […]

Dyslexia Stories from Amazing Silicon Valley Tech Investor David Hornik

MUST Watch dyslexia stories from brilliant storyteller and Top Silicon Valley VC David Hornik (give this man a talk show) shares his personal story of being dyslexic, ‘ungifted’, wending his way through Stanford creating his major, surviving an early law job to read everything that had ever been legally about Ticketmaster, to a triumph using […]

By |June 12th, 2015|Categories: Being Dyslexic, D Strengths, Dyslexic Advantages, MIND strengths, N Strengths, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Dyslexia Stories from Amazing Silicon Valley Tech Investor David Hornik

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Creativity, Smarts, and Life Insights with Dyslexic Comedian Liz Miele

Thanks to comedian Liz Miele and The Codpast (right-brained stories from interesting individuals) for a great listen. Listen to Liz talk about memory and different modes of creativity that she learned about from reading The Dyslexic Advantage (~ 8 min 27 sec in). “You start to get hints of what makes you special in a […]

By |March 15th, 2015|Categories: Being Dyslexic, Memory|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Creativity, Smarts, and Life Insights with Dyslexic Comedian Liz Miele

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