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[PREMIUM] The Remediated Student – WHAT TO EXPECT

For the overwhelming majority of dyslexics, early intervention helps with the decoding step of reading. Usually 2-3 months of intervention is enough to see a measurable  difference, and at least in our experience, 1-3 years to bring most children from failing their grade to being able to keep up in diverse subjects at grade-level with appropriate […]

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[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] 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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[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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[PREMIUM] Why a NICHE is Important

In Michael McNulty’s clinical research looking at the life stories of dyslexic adults, one thing became clear – finding a niche in adolescence or young adulthood had the dramatic potential to improve the course of people’s lives. Here (in abbreviated form) are some of the subjects of his life study. Tommy (38 yo highly successful […]

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Strategic Thinking and Dyslexia Education

There are many accomplished dyslexics who have told us that one of their greatest strengths in their current career is strategic thinking, but is there any evidence that strategy is a strength that is present in the school years, and if so, can it be better used to help students tackle the many academic […]

[PREMIUM] How to Teach Dyslexic Students Geography

Many people may not know that a dyslexic scientist (Dr. Wally Broeker) led the first research team characterizing the Great Ocean Conveyor Belt – a massive cycling that takes place in the world’s oceans that circulates the sun’s heat around the globe and also has profound effects on marine animal migration and climate. Although the […]

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This Secondary School Developed a Comprehensive Plan to Help All DYSLEXIC Students

Here’s one remarkable school decided to go ‘all in’ to help a dyslexic high school student who seemed to be slipping away. Matthew was a rising 10th grader at a non-selective high school. The majority of students at the school were described as being of low socioeconomic status with some 40% of students identifed […]

Minecraft Reading and More

From a Wired Magazine article, How Videogames Like Minecraft Actually Helps Kids to Read:

“Minecraft is the hot new videogame among teachers and parents. It’s considered genuinely educational: Like an infinite set of programmable Lego blocks, it’s a way to instill spatial reasoning, math, and logic—the skills beloved by science and technology educators. But from […]

Positive Affirmations

A dyslexic woman and successful tech entrepreneur was interviewed and asked what helped her overcome ‘the odds.’ Here’s what she said:

“Affirmations…I literally told myself the naysayers were wrong about me. I told myself exactly what I needed to hear, every single day, to move my life forward.”

Here are some of the affirmations on her […]

The Importance of Early Identification

John Alexander of Groves Academy recently shared his frustration with the slowness of schools adopting early identification of dyslexia. Fortunately, though, progress is being made with state education laws.

“In September, 1998, we gave an assessment to all 450 kindergarten students in the district to determine those students who were at risk of developing a […]

SCIENCE: THE BALANCING ACT OF LITERACY

Dr. Stanislaus Dehaene is a French researcher who has authored Reading and the Brain. He and his research team conducted some interesting investigations into Portuguese and Brazilian adults who they classified into 3 groups: unschooled adults (referred to as ‘illiterate’), adult-onset readers (‘ex-illiterate’), or schooled child-onset readers (‘literate’).

What the researchers found was that people […]

Precis Writing … or when less is more

“It will be particularly helpful if they give themselves practice in precis writing, paraphrasing, and note-taking. If one has to write a precis one is forced not only to think out carefully what are the key ideas in a particular passage but also to express them concisely, accurately, and clearly. Paraphrasing makes similar demands […]

MATH: When Words Get In the Way

From Miles and Miles’ wonderful Dyslexia and Mathematics book:

Here is an example of a dyslexic student’s sharing of how she becomes confused by what a teacher is saying. The capital letters indicate words that required her to stop and think.

Teacher:

“We are going to TAKE 25 FROM 61. WRITE DOWN 61 first (I sometimes wrote […]

[PREMIUM] Dyslexia: The Twenty-Something Years

“These are the years when it will be easiest to start the lives we want. And no matter what we do, the twenties are an inflection point- the great reorganization – a time when the experiences we have disproportionately influence the adult lives we will lead.” –  Meg Jay, author of The Defining Decade “Life for […]

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FREE SILICON VALLEY CODER SCHOOL 42

A gifted dyslexic high school student from the East Coast told me about a school that he was heading out to join in the Silicon Valley instead of college. He was incredibly bright and resourceful, and had been bringing in pretty good income from setting up his own server for games. Like many bright […]