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[PREMIUM] Organizing Tips for the Dyslexic Academic

A request came through from one of our Premium subscribers. What strategies are helpful for the dyslexic academic or working professional who needs to organize and synthesize from large quantities of information? The first step is SIMPLIFY. Argument Mapping As Dyslexic PhD Dr. Emma Jeffries says in her video below, looking for the key points […]

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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] The Curious History of Mirror Writing

“As a researcher, working over two decades with hundreds of children and adults with dyslexia, I’m convinced that Leonard Da Vinci was dyslexic.” – Dr Maryann Wolf, author Proust and the Squid Mirror writing occurs commonly in dyslexic and non-dyslexic children between the ages of 3 and 7 years, however a subset of children will […]

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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 […]

WHAT YOU CAN LEARN FROM A CHILD’S WRITING [Premium]

There are many skills that are required to write by hand. Besides having an idea and being able to organize it into words, there’s remembering the motor, kinesthetic, and visual sequences of letters and words and being able to discern similar and dissimilar sounds (auditory processing, phonemic awareness). No wonder it’s hard to write! What […]

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Latest Research: Repetition As a Poor Way to Teach Dyslexics [Premium]

In groundbreaking research, researchers at MIT or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reported that dyslexic children and adults have “a diminished ability to acclimate to a repeated input in their paper titled “Dysfunction of Rapid Neural Adaption in Dyslexia.” Like many research papers, dyslexia is seen through a negative lens (‘dysfunction’) and the take-home points […]

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How a Dyslexic Author Wrote a NYTimes Bestseller about Joy

“…He explained that there is a Tibetan saying that it is the painful experiences that shine the light on the nature of happiness… The Archbishop added that that “nothing beautiful comes without some suffering,” and he mentioned how our muscles need resistance to grow. So it seems our spirit requires the same. The Archbishop […]

Why It’s Hard to Proofread and Read Fluently

It can be maddening. You look and look you just don’t see it. Later you pass your work along, you see all the thing you hadn’t seen the first time round.

What’s going on ?  You’ve experienced a ‘trick’ of perception. In our clinic, when trying to explain the phenomenon to children, we often use […]

Understanding Processing Speed and Dyslexia

When families come together to discuss test scores, no group of scores surprises them as much as “Processing Speed.”

Processing Speed scores on psychometric exams might mean Coding and Symbol Search scores on the WISC intelligence exams or Visual Matching and Paired Cancellation on the Woodcock Johnson.

Processing Speed scores on these subtests are typically lower […]

Examples of Dysgraphia and Dyslexia – What to Look For [Premium]

After dyslexic students make progress in their ability to decode words, parents, teachers, and students themselves may begin to breathe a sigh of relief; however, another monster challenge may be looming on the horizon – the other D…. Dysgraphia.

The National Institutes of Health definition of Dysgraphia includes the following:

“Dysgraphia is a neurological disorder characterized […]

Top Back to School Apps for Dyslexia [Premium]

EARLY READERS Endless Reader by Originator – Free to try; $5.99-11.99 bundles. iPhone and iPad Great for visual learners. Animations and characters help with sight word learning. Orton Gillingham Card Deck by Mayerson Academy   FREE. iPhone and iPad Multisensory card deck with consonants, single vowels, consonant digraphs, vowel teams, vowel + r, short vowel signals, VCe, […]

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Dyspraxia and Harry Potter Star Daniel Radcliffe

As many as 50% of individuals with dyslexia have dyspraxia, although many of them won’t have heard the term. Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe  spoke about his dyspraxia which affects his ability to write by hand and tie shoelaces. He’s said part of the reason he became an actor was because his dyspraxia meant he […]

Dyslexia Journal Club – Spelling Strategies – What Does Research Say? [Premium]

In a recent paper from Montreal, research tested dyslexic students ages 9-11 to see which spelling strategies were more effective. The most common strategy children use to spell is phonological, whether they are  or aren’t dyslexic. The other common strategies children use for spelling are visuol-orthographic, analogy, and backup. The phonological strategy used phoneme-grapheme correspondence. […]

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Unleash Dyslexic Writing with Dr. Nicole Swedberg [Premium]

In step-by-step fashion, learn how to unleash the dyslexic writing talent of students through Dr. Nicole Swedberg’s idea of Mini-Writes. The webinar is free for premium subscribers ($5 per month, cancel at any time). Dr. Nicole Swedberg has generously donated this 20-minute webinar on Teaching Writing to LD Kids as a fundraiser to support the […]

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Do We Need to Revoke the IEP? – School Q & A

“My daughter currently has an IEP. We asked that we keep her accommodations of the IEP in place but take a break from the support she is receiving from the resource teachers, with both pull out and push in. We were told that we need to revoke her IEP in order to do this. […]

Why Students Hate to Write – A High School Teacher’s Reflections [Premium]

 “When students say that they do not like to write I ask them why. They typically respond with, “Because I hate it” … after incidents like this I cannot help but sit back and ask myself why I think they do not like to write…”

One young teacher of high school students put her own […]