Question: Keeping Up with Wilson at School [Premium]

Question: Keeping Up with Wilson at School [Premium]

Question: I have a third grade student who attends a school that used Wilson Fundations in the earlier grades. The problem is that even though my daughter did some summer work, she's been having trouble keeping up. She's dropped down a level from her peers so that...

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Is There a Natural Way to Write for Dyslexics?

Is There a Natural Way to Write for Dyslexics?

  Writing is so difficult for people with dyslexia, it’s a reasonable question to ask whether certain types of writing might come more naturally than others.   AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONA WRITING As highlighted in Philip Schultz’s example and in his book Comforts of the Abyss, writing with a strong narrative voice, whether it’s your own voice and experiences or someone else’s, is a style of writing that comes naturally to many dyslexic people. It might be because of strong personal and emotional memories and personal responses to learning about the lives of others; it may be that the feelings and imaginings are difficult to get down on paper, but once they are there, the words may become alive to any reader fortunate to read them. […]

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Department of Education Issues Letter on IDEA and Private Schools

Department of Education Issues Letter on IDEA and Private Schools

Under the IDEA or Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, a free and appropriate public education (or FAPE) is granted to eligible students with disabilities. In schools, a lot of the funding for special education and additional resources is provided under funds from the IDEA. Recently, the Department of Education published a Q & A document specifying rights for children with disabilities placed by their parents into private schools. To read the document directly, click HERE. The document may be valuable for students who have been placed into private schools in order to obtain a free and appropriate education. For instance, if a student with significant challenges due to dyslexia was enrolled in a private school by their public school district in order to provide them […]

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Dyslexia at College: Chat With Xinru at Brown [Premium]

Dyslexia at College: Chat With Xinru at Brown [Premium]

Recently I had the pleasure of talking to Xinru about dyslexia, college, and computer languages. Xinru’s currently studying both music and computer sciences at Brown University, an Ivy League university that is known for its “Open Curriculum” – that allows students to choose their personal course of study. But briefly, I found her when she posted her 10 Ways to Code with ADHD and Dyslexia (see below). She talks so fast, at times I had to listen to her on 1/2 speed; I think that means she’s a fast thinker too! Xinru first came to the US when she was just 8 years old; although she had trouble reading and writing in the early grades, she said she could “get away with” saying that she […]

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Challenges of Pandemic Learning For Dyslexic Students

Challenges of Pandemic Learning For Dyslexic Students

As education slowly drifts to a new normal, and parents take stock of where they are and what their priorities are in education, it is best to be aware of what to be on the lookout for because dyslexic students learn so differently. AUDITORY PROCESSING HURDLES Because sound can be mildly or profoundly affected among dyslexic students, many aspects of the change in learning – whether it’s through remote only or in person – distancing, masks, and physical barriers can have significant effects on sound. Some struggle with hearing a teacher, for instance, when they turn to write on a board or when the background noise from an overhead projector or heating or air conditioning unit are on. If the teacher is wearing a mask, […]

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Remote Learning and Dyslexia: Certify Your Students – Free Ebooks and Discounted Audiobooks

Remote Learning and Dyslexia: Certify Your Students – Free Ebooks and Discounted Audiobooks

Although much uncertainty still remains for the near-future and fall in regards to school closings, perhaps the single most important thing you can do to avoid your student falling behind this summer and fall is to qualify them for free audiobooks and ebooks that can help enjoy accessing texts while improving their fluency at the same time. In the US, students who may have previously had access to audiobooks and ebooks through school – now may be cut off from these great resources paid for by the federal government. If you don’t live in the US or don’t qualify, you may still access their over 800,000 ebooks for less that $1 per week. If you have been previously identified as having a “learning disability” (this […]

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Dyslexia and the Illusion of Inclusion – Making Education Fit the Child [Premium]

Dyslexia and the Illusion of Inclusion – Making Education Fit the Child [Premium]

There’s a viral post circulating on the Internet from a Texas special education professor: “It’s OK to say dyslexia!” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan tweeted shortly before his agency released guidance targeting the needs of the 2.5 million students with a learning disability. But while the government highlights the unique needs of students with learning disabilities, they are seemingly getting lost in misguided policies and practices in the name of educational equity.” What she protests (rightly) is the fact that reading and math scores for 4th and 8th graders have remained stagnant or declining since 2013. Also, in the name of inclusion, students with learning disabilities are being denied appropriate remediation because of a desire to keep them in general education classrooms. For dyslexic students, we respectfully put forth […]

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Test Accommodations for Students with Dyslexia Under the ADA – DOJ Statement

Test Accommodations for Students with Dyslexia Under the ADA – DOJ Statement

The Department of Justice has also released  video clarification of key rights for students regarding testing accommodations under the ADA or Americans with Disabilities Act.  The entire video is located at the bottom of this post, but we are highlighting a section that mentions dyslexia by name (starts at 3:29) Exams are to be administered in order to best ensure that the exam results accurately reflect the individual’s aptitude or achievement level rather than the presence of a disability.   Roberta Kirkendall, Special Legal Counsel, Civil Rights Division         So if a history exam is to accurately reflect a dyslexic student’s aptitude or achievement in history, accommodations must be put in place to ensure the test is accurately assessing that knowledge, understanding, […]

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[PREMIUM] Don’t Require COPYING From the Board

[PREMIUM] Don’t Require COPYING From the Board

DON’T REQUIRE COPYING FROM THE BOARD Dr. Kirkby: “Copying text…is psychologically complex. It involves a series of sequential visual and cognitive processes, which must be co-ordinated: these include visual encoding, mental representation, an written production.” Long after students have begun to crack the code of reading, note-taking and copying from the board remain very difficult if not impossible for some students. Note-taking from lecture adds the additional challenging of listening to words, translating them into a visual representation, then retrieving these images and motor sequences to get them down on a page. Moderate to severe dysgraphia is not uncommon among dyslexic students. For these students, not only will copying from the board be impossible, but also significant modifications (decreased written work) and accommodations (extended time, […]

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