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Understanding Dyslexia as an Exploratory Advantage [Premium]

Understanding Dyslexia as an Exploratory Advantage [Premium]

“Approaches to explaining developmental dyslexia must account for both the difficulties and the enhanced abilities that are typical of people with developmental dyslexia. All the proposed strengths… relate in some way to seeking out the unknown, often at the expense of exploiting known information. A useful framework for tying together these observations is cognitive search, […]

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Actor Stephen Graham [Premium]

Actor Stephen Graham [Premium]

Actor Stephen Graham has been described as one of the most talented actors the United Kingdom has ever seen. Yet, he almost didn’t get a chance at his breakthrough role in Snatch when the director Guy Ritchie, asked whether he had come to read for the part. Stephen had just come along to support his […]

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Question: What about Dyslexia and Reading Comprehension? [Premium]

Question: What about Dyslexia and Reading Comprehension? [Premium]

Q: WHAT ABOUT DYSLEXIA AND READING COMPREHENSION? Answer: For many older and certainly remediated dyslexic people silent reading comprehension may be strong and unimpaired. Students who still struggle significantly with decoding will obviously have trouble with reading comprehension, as might be expected. But after the intensive work of decoding is overcome, reading comprehension weaknesses may […]

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Creative Productivity [Premium]

Creative Productivity [Premium]

  “…the progress of civilization, can, in many ways, be charted by the actions of history’s most gifted and talented contributors to the arts, sciences, and all of their areas of human performance…” — Joseph Renzulli, UConn Three Ring Conception of Giftedness   In a clarion call for society to recognize the importance of developing […]

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Teaching Punctuation [Premium]

Teaching Punctuation [Premium]

Learning punctuation can be difficult for many reasons – the challenges of reading, auditory and visual processing problems, symbol confusion, and working memory overload; but usually teaching punctuation explicitly and in manageable bits using multisensory and memory associations can help students master the rules and patterns. The symbols involved in punctuation are simpler than the […]

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Dyslexia and Farming: Matt Baker [Premium]

Dyslexia and Farming: Matt Baker [Premium]

  “If somebody asked me if I could live my life again without dyslexia, I would say no, because  you recognise things and you do things differently to the way everybody else does, and that gets you to the front of the queue. You see things which are very obvious to you. I’m very practical […]

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Processing Speed and Dyslexia [Premium]

Processing Speed and Dyslexia [Premium]

Why isn’t there a “diagnosis” of processing speed impairment? For practical reasons, a label or diagnosis can help justify the need for extended time accommodations, reduce the quantity of homework, or similar requests. Without a formal diagnostic code, medical or educational professionals may also be more likely to overlook the need for accommodations… something that […]

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New to Dyslexia [Premium]

New to Dyslexia [Premium]

More people are finding out that they’re dyslexic, so it seemed like a good time to write a big picture of dyslexia for new members.   DYSLEXIC STRENGTHS First of all, there seem to be intrinsic strengths associated with dyslexia and not simply weaknesses or impairments. Understanding the strengths and positive differences can help people […]

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Pausing while Writing [Premium]

Pausing while Writing [Premium]

There are many reasons why students may pause while writing, but more if students are also dyslexic.   Those who remember their thoughts and experiences as nonverbal sensations will need extra steps to put their knowledge and understanding into words. Dysgraphic students will have difficulty writing and those with small working memories, may overload with […]

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Grit and Resilience [Premium]

Grit and Resilience [Premium]

“The worst problem any dyslexic has to face is not reading, writing, or even spelling, but a lack of understanding…” — The Reality of Dyslexia   Grit is the ability to persevere in the face of setbacks, challenges, pain, and adversity. Resilience is similar, but different in the sense it describes an ability to “bounce […]

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Rogue Hero: Mastermind of the Special Air Service, David Stirling [Premium]

Rogue Hero: Mastermind of the Special Air Service, David Stirling [Premium]

“The boy Stirling is quite mad, quite, quite mad. However, in a war there is often a place for mad people.” — General Bernard Montgomery   A recent documentary on the founding of the British Special Air Service mentioned that the unconventional mastermind was, in fact, dyslexic. David Stirling has a very non-linear and unpredictable […]

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Poor Outcomes for Reading Recovery [Premium]

Poor Outcomes for Reading Recovery [Premium]

“Initial gains from first-grade intervention didn’t last and kids performed worse in third and fourth grade…”   Over 2 million students in the US have been taught reading with based Reading Recovery, a short term intervention program that uses pull-out one-to-one tutoring to first grade students. It was one of the few programs supported by […]

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