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[PREMIUM] Gifted with ADHD: How We Asked for Extended Time & a Better Schedule

The road to advocacy has many twists and turns so if your student has moderate to severe difficulties with processing speed, be prepared to be nimble and responsive to challenges that arise. In our previous newsletter, we mentioned some of the advocacy that Laura and her son John took on his path as a 2E […]

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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] 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] 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] 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. […]

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 […]

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] Executive Function: DE-STRESS

Dyslexic children who are struggling in school will be under tremendous stress and have varying levels of anxiety and depression. Stress is well known to affect executive functions and children experiencing stress can look as if they have ADHD. – Destress the Learning Environment. Are expectations well matched to the student’s current ability? Is the […]

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Dyslexic Advantage Newsletter October 2017

Contents: Jacques Dubochet – Dyslexic Scientist Nobel Prize
Film Director Matthew Vaughn
Dyslexia Is My Superpower
Dyslexic Classics Professor Calls for Change
Prevent Learned Helplessness at the Beginning of the School Year
More Research: Dyslexia As a Difference
Screen Children with Reading Problems for Hearing Problems
Bossy R Words Resources
Algebra: Positive and Negative Numbers
Note Taking On a Laptop: Good or Bad?
More […]

[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 […]

Interview with Dyslexic Master Montessori Teacher ALISON AWES [Premium]

I recently had a chance to talk with Master Montessori Teacher Alison Awes who is based at the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota. Alison is dyslexic herself and she has written about how Montessori instruction can support dyslexic students. Alison is also trained in Orton-Gillingham Level1. Like the Orton-Gillingham method, the Montessori approach was created […]

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