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Dyslexia at College: THE CHALLENGE OF WRITING

As dyslexic college students are entering 2- and 4- year colleges in increasing numbers, questions arise as to the impact of dyslexia-related challenges on essay writing. The National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 had found that although a majority of LD students in high school requested accommodations (91%), only 17% requested accommodations in college.

A problem with […]

[PREMIUM] Moving to learn: The UPSIDE to Fidgeting

Researchers from Florida presented visually dramatic evidence of the difference in ADHD student hyperactivity dependng on the task at hand. 52 boys ages 8 to 12 were studied. 32 had ADHD and 30 served as controls. 44% of ADHD students had been prescribed stimulant medication, and these students had medicines held for at least 24 […]

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[PREMIUM] Positive Strategies for College

In a recent research study (abstract only) of dyslexic students at college, the following strategies were mentioned: 1. Go to Lecture and Just Listen. It was common for students to be unable to listen and note-take at the same. Face-to-face lectures were preferred to recorded lectures because audio quality was sometimes bad, and some students […]

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[PREMIUM] Dyslexia-FRIENDLY Foreign language Instruction

Because dyslexia has significant challenges that make foreign language learning difficult (e.g. impaired phonemic awareness, limitations on auditory verbal working memory, weak rule-based memory and syntax, etc.), many students request and are granted foreign language waivers. That being said, there are many students who can do well at foreign language learning, and alternative classrooms should […]

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DYSLEXIA AND MATH: Error Analysis [Premium]

Some 60% of dyslexic students have problems with math (10% excel at math). Reasons for math difficulties include math facts retrieval, difficulty remembering formula and multi-stepped procedures, sequencing issues, symbol confusion, and difficulty with the language of math. These problems, in addition to timed tests and impossible-to-complete homework assignments, contribute to math anxiety and frustration. […]

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[PREMIUM] TEST-TAKING: DYSLEXIA and MULTIPLE CHOICE

At the secondary and university level, many students with dyslexia may prefer short answer questions to multiple choice. There are many reasons why the multiple choice question format may not be a good estimator of a student’s knowledge. It is very common for the questions and choice answers to be ambiguous. From Biochemical Education: “Writing […]

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[PREMIUM] DYSLEXIA AND ALGEBRA: Algebra Tiles – MULTISENSORY

With continually evolving Algebra 1 & 2 mandates, it is becoming increasingly important that dyslexic students master Algebra in order to pursue their dreams of certain careers and college degrees. Many dyslexic students are well-suited to the logic of Algebra, but they can easily get lost in following the multi-step procedures of algebraic problem solving […]

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[PREMIUM] 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. […]

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[PREMIUM] ENTREPRENEURS – What Worked for Us

  In research from the London School of Economics and City University London, successful dyslexic entrepreneurs were interviewed about their workplace strategies, challenges, and strengths. We’re grateful to Nicola Martin and Julie Logan for sharing their work. POSITIVE STRATEGIES: – Create a positive environment for your business – Delegate admin and clerical – proofreading and […]

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[PREMIUM] Reading and Spelling: When Sights and Sounds Don’t Match

Because many dyslexic students don’t have a visual imprint of words, there are common spelling or pronunciation errors that occur when word endings seem to vary. In most cases, being explicitly taught the different patterns can reduce a great deal of distress later. The technical term “inflectional suffixes” refers to word endings that change a […]

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Math Apps: EquatIO and REFLEX Math

EquatIO – Math Made Digital
Made to help mathematics and STEM teachers and students at all levels, EquatIO® lets everyone create mathematical equations, formulas, Desmos graphs, and more on their computer or Chromebook.

Google Chrome Extension (free) Speech to Text for Math. Also converts handwriting to typed math symbols. Google docs, Chrome, Mac, PC.

Speech is free. […]

[PREMIUM] Dyslexia and Sailing

Paul Elvstrom is often recognized by many in the racing world as the greatest sailor who ever lived. Severely dyslexic, Elvstrom struggled greatly in school, but found sailing intuitive. His success in winning four consecutive Olympic gold medals involved not only intuition, but also strategic thinking, serial innovation, and intense physical training. In the beginning, […]

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HOW TO READ A WORDLESS PICTURE BOOK

With so much focus on reading for children with dyslexia, the choice of a wordless picture book might seem to be unusual, but it shouldn’t be. Dyslexic children should be exposed to wordless picture books at an early age, and also be encouraged to continue read them even when they are older. In many […]

[PREMIUM] Joshua Wong: Teenager vs. Superpower

Netflix has just released Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower, a documentary on inspiring teenager Joshua Wong who was at the center of the pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong in 2014. 100,000 took the street to urge the government to withdraw from implementing a pro-communist education program. Fortune Magazine named him one of the world’s greatest leaders […]

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FAKE NEWS?

Last October was Dyslexia Awareness Month, so many media channels opened their pages and platforms to dyslexia stories. Unfortunately, the one story that really became viral was one that was carried by outlets such Newsweek, The Telegraph, and Mental Floss, media outlets who should know better or at least consult with scientific, clinical, or […]

The Power of Different – Exclusive Interview

Dr. Gail Saltz has a hit book on her hands, and it’s called The Power of Different.

In addition to being a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, she grew up with a brother who’d win a Nobel Prize. Gail was kind enough to talk to her about what she learned about the genius of […]