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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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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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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Memory: Why Drill Can Kill – and What to Do Instead [Premium]

It would almost seem without question that repetition should be helpful for learning, but researchers have found that if  repetitions are too much and too long (longer than 10 seconds in one paradigm), further repetition caused poorer memory and word retrieval rather than better! From one of the papers below: “Both Experiments 1 and 2 demonstrated a […]

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By |November 9th, 2016|Categories: Brain, Math, Strategies, Teachers, Teaching|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Memory: Why Drill Can Kill – and What to Do Instead [Premium]

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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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Reading Fluency: What is Timed Guided Repeated Reading and Why Should Students Do It?

In a recent report in the Journal of Learning Disabilities, Lee and Yoon reported that repeated reading had significant beneficial effects on the reading fluency of students with a reading disability. Listening to the passage first increased the benefit.

Excerpt: “Reading the passage at least four times increased reading fluency more than two to three […]

By |August 19th, 2016|Categories: Reading, Strategies, Teachers|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Reading Fluency: What is Timed Guided Repeated Reading and Why Should Students Do It?

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Thriving: Pick Classes Like a Pro [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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Unleash Dyslexic Writing with Dr. Nicole Swedberg [Premium]

In step-by-step fashion, learn how to unleash the dyslexic writing talent of students through Dr. Nicole Swedberg’s idea of Mini-Writes. The webinar is free for premium subscribers ($5 per month, cancel at any time). Dr. Nicole Swedberg has generously donated this 20-minute webinar on Teaching Writing to LD Kids as a fundraiser to support the […]

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By |June 16th, 2016|Categories: Dysgraphia, Dyslexic Advantages, Premium, Premium Content, Video, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Unleash Dyslexic Writing with Dr. Nicole Swedberg [Premium]

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Doing Math : Inchworms vs. Grasshoppers [Premium]

‘If a child does not learn the way you teach then teach him the way he learns.’

Two American school teachers noticed that their students tended to prefer one of the two ways their teachers explained math. The inchworm style was part-to-whole, dutifully performing incremental step-by-step pencil work, following the solving of math problems more […]

By |March 18th, 2016|Categories: Education, Math, Premium, Premium Content, Teachers|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Doing Math : Inchworms vs. Grasshoppers [Premium]

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Teaching Common Core Academic Vocabulary to Students with Dyslexia [Premium]

Academic Vocabulary are words that usually appear in higher educational settings or advanced texts rather than everyday conversational speech. Before the Common Core, most language arts programs had little emphasis on explicit teaching of academic words, but direct instruction is often very important for students with dyslexia because it contributes significantly to test performance […]

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Your Brain on Math Anxiety

This is your brain with math anxiety.

In children as young as 7 years old, researchers found that activation in areas such as the amygdala and hippocampus were seen in children who had high math anxiety. The amydala and hippocampus are areas of the brain associated with fear condition and negative emotions.

The children were given […]

By |February 20th, 2016|Categories: Dyscalculia, Education, Math, Premium, Premium Content, School, Teachers|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Your Brain on Math Anxiety

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Dyslexia at College : Crash Course

College is Coming! Here are some great tips and tricks for dyslexic students in higher education. Also don’t leave home without getting digital copies of your dyslexia paperwork. You’ll want to send to the LD office on campus. They will help you with accommodations, tutoring, and more!

Dyslexia at College Tips, Tricks, and Strategies

Here’s a […]