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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]