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Visual Motion Perception and Dyslexia

From Jason Yeatman’s laboratory at the University of Washington comes a deeper understanding of the visual challenges associated with dyslexia. Full report HERE.

“It is well established that visual sensitivity to motion is correlated with reading skills. Yet, the causal relationship between motion sensitivity and reading skills has been debated for more than thirty years…Here […]

[PREMIUM] Dyspraxia and Independence

Dyspraxia (DCD) has its impact in childhood, but recently researchers have been looking more into the challenges that young adults face in higher education, general life skills, and the workplace. Dr. Amanda Kirby, who we interviewed in the last issue, did her thesis work in the area of 16-25 year olds with dyspraxia. Based on […]

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[PREMIUM] The Truth About Lefties (Left-handed)

By the gestation age of 10 weeks, doctors can see that 85% of human fetuses prefer their right hand over their left. This preference (along with motor asymmetry) usually persists later in life. The idea that dyslexics were often left or mixed-handed was first raised by Samuel Orton in 1925. Subsequent studies have suggested that […]

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RESEARCH: Dyslexic Brain – WRITING: More Connectivity, Not Less!

In research that was just published last month, investigators at the University of Washington were surprised to find when investigating pathways involved with writing – that brain connections of dyslexic subjects were more extensive and more far ranging than the connection patterns of their non-dyslexic controls.

To my reading, the finding is concordant with the […]

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        Additional Premium Resources for February 2018 Issue 26. You must be logged into your account to access.

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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] 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] RESEARCH: ADHD and Reading

It’s a age-old question that seems to go round and round – is the reading hard because of attention problems or is it hard to pay attention because the reading is hard? For those of you who closely follow research, you probably know that there’s a high overlap between the symptoms of ADHD and reading […]

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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 […]